The hardy, low maintenance climber star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is well behaved. It has glossy dark green leaves and, from midspring to late summer, is covered in deliciously scented white flowers. its also tolerant of light to medium frost.
A library in a townhouse in Brussels, Belgium. Beautiful dark wood, floor-to-very-high-ceiling bookcases with closed cabinets below cover one wall, and the library ladder is clearly necessary in this room.
Rows of matching Billy bookcases from Ikea work well here. Consider that the books and accessories offer the pop while the bookcases provide the background. (contemporary living room by Smith & Vansant Architects PC)