Take Your Pick: Yellow or Green Bookcase?

IKEA via Livet Hemma

Hurrah! We’ve reached the middle of the week so a customary Happy Hump Day, folks! I stumbled upon these two bookcases from IKEA and knew in an instant that I liked them both. Clean, sleek and modern in their design and colourful in their execution they felt perfect for a Bright.Bazaar home. The only problem? Deciding which one I like better. The yellow finish provides an uplifting, vibrant and bold statement to the space, plus it pairs effortlessly with the black and white colour scheme. Whereas the green provides a more serene feeling, blending well space around it. I think I’m verging on preferring how the yellow option looks; it just feels a little more playful and graphic, but which would you pick?


  • Reply claudia January 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    That's a very tough choice. They are both beautiful shades of their color. I might go with yellow… not only because green is the only color I haven't really incorporated in my house, but I think the yellow is more graphic and fun!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic January 25, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Yellow for me:-)

  • Reply Jonathan Randall Grant January 25, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I would normally choose green- but that is an amazing yellow. since I have green walls I am going with the yellow. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Johanna January 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Can I have both?

    I heart green and it's my OH's favourite colour and yellow is mine, so maybe his and hers!

  • Reply LINDA from OEKE January 25, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Yellow's mellow.
    Yellow's my pick.
    I love yellow.
    It does the trick.


  • Reply red ticking January 25, 2012 at 12:52 am

    ooohhh i love that green one… so fun…

  • Reply Andie January 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Love the yellow, so quirky and original

  • Reply Michelle January 25, 2012 at 1:12 am

    The green is my living room colour and the yellow is my study colour – I can't pick one don't make me!

  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams. January 25, 2012 at 1:19 am

    wowzah that IS a tough pick. i'd go with the yellow! xo

  • Reply Sarah Roads January 25, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Go with your gut, so yellow…but… both look great, maybe you need both ; )

  • Reply Kayla Poole January 25, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Oh jeez, my two favorite colors. I am no help, sorry! These are fabulous though…I'm redesigning our living room in my head.

  • Reply sarah yates January 25, 2012 at 3:31 am

    i'm with you on the yellow! i like the unexpectedness of the green, but my heart goes with yellow. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda (Wit and Whistle) January 25, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I'm loving the yellow bookcase in that black and white room!

  • Reply Designwali January 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    sunny yellow please.

  • Reply Vic Bibby January 25, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Love, love, love. And yes, the yellow. xxx

  • Reply Hamptontoes January 25, 2012 at 4:23 am

    They are both fabulous! My vote is for the yellow one…it is chic and functional! I think I may have to figure out where I can put one of those. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Be Inspired January 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

    They are both fabulous! Just something about the YELLOW…

  • Reply Kerry January 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Yellow seems just a little bit more you than the green. And it would definitely be my pick if I had some space πŸ™‚

  • Reply two hippos January 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

    It's the yellow for me.

  • Reply Eleni January 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I don't know if I'd have the guts to add a fluo bookcase in my apartment but If I had I'd opt for the yellow one. Such a positive and spring-like color!!!

  • Reply Mlle Norvegienne January 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

    The yellow, no doubt. It's much more fun and bright! πŸ™‚ and you are right, it goes perfectly with the black and white.

    mlle norvegienne

  • Reply dcoopsd January 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I'm with the gang here. Definitely enjoying the pop the yellow provides. As much as I like the green I feel like it's a bit of an anchor, pulling the room down whereas the yellow is this energetic burst of awesomeness, uplifting the entire design scheme.

  • Reply Itzi January 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Absolutely Yellowwww and the bird houses also, beautiful.


  • Reply Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} January 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Definitely yellow for me; how fun it would be to have such brightly coloured shelving! xx

  • Reply HOME-TROTTER January 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Yellow, thanks !
    But I would combine it with grey tones.
    I prefer grey than black and white.
    YELLOW+GREY is definitely my favorite combo!

  • Reply Gild and Grace January 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    It seems I'm in the minority but green for me Will!

    Abbey x

  • Reply Cristina January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

    yellow like the sun! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary @ HoP Interiors January 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Will, I prefer the yellow bookcase which has been swayed by the scheme. It just fits well and looks warm and cosy. Plus I like the clean lines of the design and scheme.

    HOP Interiors

  • Reply Mary Middleton Design January 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    oh will I want them both. Not fair really as I don't space for either!

  • Reply Ice Beautiful January 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Yellow! Definitely yellow! So worm and bright! I like yellow with white and black. Green? Not that shade . . .

  • Reply Laura Marie January 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I'm a sun-loving kind of girl, so yellow would be my first pick πŸ™‚ It looks so fab with all the white inside!

  • Reply Bobby January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The green would certainly fit better in most spaces but I do love the way yellow pops out. Would depend on the room, I guess!

  • Reply LC January 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    man, that's hard. i could use both.

  • Reply vosges paris January 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I photographed both .. so have a picture of the two standing next to each other And I can say I liked the yellow one best!
    although I wnt searching if they were selling them in black or white and the answer must be a big NO..

  • Reply Lauren (stillpluslife) January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I love the yellow myself, but I'm thinking the green would look great in my son's room…

  • Reply Robin@coveteria January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Yellow – although I may be being swayed by that awesome green vintage sewing machine!

  • Reply Kimberly Merritt January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Go for green.

  • Reply Masha January 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I'm from the boring kind – would prefer white :]
    But in this case – yellow! That shade of green is not doing it for me, maybe if it was a green like the throw on the sofa…

  • Reply jon January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    ooh- i agree with most the others- go yellow!

  • Reply manvi @ mochatini January 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    i was just at ikea and saw these too. Was soo tempted to get the green ones. but bought the ones in white instead. they go better with sage green walls in my office. Toying with the idea of getting green doors after seeing this..
    coincidentely I too have a few vintage cameras on one of the shelves

    • Reply Anonymous April 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Do you remember the name of the bookcase?

  • Reply The Bean's Mom January 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Are these the Billy bookcases? I guess you have to paint them right?
    P.S. I like the yellow!

  • Reply Julie-White Tapestry January 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Yellow! Part of the ceiling in my kitchen is yellow and a touch of it I always love! Happy hump day doll!

  • Reply ever ours January 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    could you do a mix of both? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jennifer Young January 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    wow! these are so fun! hard to choose but the yellow definitely caught my attention the most! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair January 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Ooh i love these!!!! The yellow pays so well with the white and the black but I like the green for its grownup-ness!! Might have to get this!
    Rachie xo

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely January 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    yellow for the kids room (If I had one that is! ha!!) but love both!

  • Reply Liz C. January 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    What are these called, does anyone know? I haven't been able to find them but I LOVE the yellow ones for our Kermit-colored living room!

  • Reply Ryan January 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Yellow for the office!

  • Reply Ash January 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    YELLOW! I'm working on a yellow and black playroom for my kiddos. which bookcases are these I haven't seem them online but they are PERFECT! Playroom inspiration here: – please share the name of them if you know it

  • Reply Olivia January 27, 2012 at 12:47 am

    loving the green!!!

  • Reply Lizzie January 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I'm going for green, i prefer the calmer option!

  • Reply Julia January 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I just looked on the ikea site and don't see them. perhaps a new item? the base looks like kilby or billy…i love it too! would probably pick the yellow.

  • Reply Jessie January 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Are they new arrivals? I love both but I will probably pick the yellow one for my own home!

    Happy weekend, Will!


  • Reply louly January 30, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I went to look on the Canadian Ikea website, as soon as I saw these in your blog, I just couldn't believe they made these bright colours. I couldn't find them. But I finally read on Livet Hemma's blog that they only come out in February, they're a limited edition, they're Billy's and they will only sell until April. They're a little bright for me, I guess I was hoping for other colours hehe

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      They are limited edition and only available in store until April 2012, I think! Good luck with the hunt!

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks all for chiming in with your thoughts. I went for the yellow one in the end and I just love it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Design Engine February 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Love the yellow the best. But love those little indoor bird houses the most. Beautiful!!!

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