One of the things I have always wanted when I have a house of my own is a library. A nice cosy room lined with shelves of books and a comfy chair to curl up in. And I’m going to need it I think, given the number of books I’ve accumulated so far.
One of the things I’m starting to find really tired in interior design at the moment are these cold, all-white interiors. A home needs some warmth to it and you can’t get that when everything is white and impersonal.
A room full of books is definitely one way to add warmth and personality to a space. Here are some of my favourite libraries so far.
I love the traditional club sofa paired with the clean white shelves. The orange and brown tones that are carried through the rest of the soft furnishings and armchairs give the warmth that is needed to offset the chill from the white shelves and lamp shades.
I’m not really a fan of the decor in this room (the bright blue wall particularly), but I LOVE the colour co-ordinated books. The cynic in me wonders whether they actually owned books in every colour (and that many of each) or whether they covered some in coloured paper, or went out and bought books specifically for their coloured spines. Not that I suppose it matters too much when the end result looks that good.
And just because I love the idea and the usage of space, this staircase/bookcase. The uneven stair treads might take some getting used to but at least it looks amazing.
Another cute idea involving stairs and books is to pile a small pile of books on each step. This works really well if you don’t have a bookcase and you need somewhere to keep your books. You can even colour-code them! -C