Text by Bethany Adams
For those who find comfort in nothing more than shelves stacked with beloved books, an inviting library is the perfect retreat for a rainy day—or even a sunny one! Whether you’re seeking inspiration for your own home or you simply enjoy admiring the many forms that these spaces can take, sit back and explore a few of our favorite rooms dedicated to a love of literature.
There’s something about the classics that can’t be matched! Dark woods and rich tones evoke days spent pondering philosophy by the fireside. It’s a look best paired with your most prized special editions, but even your well-loved paperbacks can benefit from this timeless treatment.
Characteristic of Eric Ross’s designs, there’s no shortage of charming details in this corner library. Arches add extra character to the built-in shelves, showing off favorite editions alongside nature-inspired artwork, and a pair of chairs are perfect for an afternoon spent reading in solitude or chatting with a friend.
From classic to contemporary, any style goes beautifully with your favorite books—but a bold shade like this one really helps those literary treasures stand out! Alongside one-of-a-kind finds from world travels and a few eye-catching prints, antique and new books alike are sure to shine.
Let the Light In
While you shouldn’t subject your books to direct sunlight every day, a little natural glow is crucial for a relaxing reading experience. This sunny setup accommodates both needs, as the French doors that spill light onto a nearby comfy chair can easily be covered during the brightest part of the day.
Can’t dedicate an entire room to your book collection? This home makes genius use of a side space with built-in shelves and a few spots to sit and browse. Colorful throws invite homeowners and guests alike to curl up for the afternoon and enjoy a chapter or two.
A Contemporary Take
The timeless look of dark wood shelves and oil paintings underwent a makeover in this sophisticated space complete with a fireplace. Honeyed tones impart warmth rather than heaviness, furniture upholstered in linen-colored fabrics offers a welcoming place to curl up, and even the artwork is an updated version of a classic with fresh hues brightening up a not-so-typical landscape.
Get creative with your space, as in this home that features a library/dining room duo with eye-catching results. Not only does the wall-to-ceiling display create a fun and original focal point, but it also offers plenty of conversation topics during dinner.
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