November 23, 2017

Creative Home Libraries

By: Sharon McCormick

There’s something so peaceful and calming about a library.  Maybe it’s the weight of all the knowledge contained in the books, or the quiet atmosphere created by a home library.  Everything about it invites you to relax with a book and temporarily step into another world.  A home library is the ideal retreat for any book lover!

If you long to add a library to your home but don’t want to commit an entire room to your books, it’s possible to create a quiet reading spot or library feel in other areas of the home.  Consider adding built-in bookshelves to an accent wall or transforming an unused closet into a reading nook.  I also like the idea of combining the dining room with the library, making your books easily accessible to the family and giving you a spot to enjoy coffee, a casual breakfast, and a great book all at the same time.  With a little imagination and a good carpenter, you can have a wonderful library right in your own home!

library dining room
Dining room library, design by Jonathan Adler.
Bedroom library, in the French home of Charles Spada.
Bedroom library, in the French home of Charles Spada.
A closet cleverly transformed into a small library!  Image via Classically Amber.
A closet cleverly transformed into a small library! Image via Classically Amber.
Turning a hallway into a library is a great use of space!  Image via Houzz.
Turning a hallway into a library is a great use of space! Image via Houzz.

Another way to incorporate a library-like feel, or simply to give yourself more room for books, is to add bookshelves in unexpected places.  Look for ways to make better use of space or think about how to add shelving to the room where you spend the most time.  Use a dramatic background color in your shelves or dress them up with decorative accents to add even more interest to a room.

These under-stair bookshelves utilize an often wasted space.  Image via Freshome.
These under-stair bookshelves utilize an often wasted space. Image via Freshome.
An awesome bookcase door!  From Interior Decline.
An awesome bookcase door! From Interior Decline.
Great use of space.  Via Houzz.
Great use of space. Via Houzz.
Sliding bookcase doors conceal the laundry room.  Via Houzz.
Sliding bookcase doors conceal the laundry room. Via Houzz.

There are so many clever ways to add a library of any size to your home!

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