Books and Coffee – two of my favorite vices!! Are you the type to walk into a Barnes & Noble for one book and leave with as many as four – that’s so me. As I reminisce about the bookcase I built while at the Thos Moser factory in Maine last month, I began to think about how I’m going to style my precious beauty, which is due to arrive shortly.
I am a book lover. For most of my adult life, I’ve managed to collect a significant amount of books; most of them having to do with interior design. I have books everywhere. I love to pick up a book and research ideas or a problem. If you’re like me, having collected books over the years, then at some point you’ve also probably wished you had a library of your own. Let’s just agree on one key factor: the secret to an attractive looking library or bookcase is how tidy you choose to display your books. Whether large or small, here are some ways you can design your very own library.
This antique furniture piece is a great way to bring an old world charm into a contemporary space. When my mom passed, she left my brother a complete set of Britannica Encyclopedias (remember those encyclopedias) – I think this would be a perfect show piece for those books…..right! Further this is a great piece of furniture to be treasured and passed on to the next generation.
This is an elegant neutral room showered with an abundance of natural light. What would a library be without a place to sit and conduct much needed research. If the space warrants, adding a round conversational table and comfortable, stylish chairs compliments the bookcase nicely. The styling of the books in the same neutral color keeps it tidy looking and polished. Another favorite, bringing in some industrial love through accessories, books and the bookcase itself. A stunning mixture of wood and steel followed by books of all types; old and new, dressed with greenery, this is a great start for book lovers with limited space. It looks attractive and serves the purpose. Looking for a contemporary style, this bookcase is a great example. Selection of the right wood tone adds to the overall contemporary design style. Showcasing the beauty of the wood by neatly and selectively placing books, cubbies and historic artifacts adds a masculine charm.
Neatly tucked away in a corner of this living room, this built-in library not only serves as a nice backdrop but also as a great showpiece and becomes a permanent member of this space. But don’t just choose to add a built-in, play up its features by adding architectural elements and seamlessly integrate said features through the use of one color. This is rich space. This is brilliant view – I just want to walk straight to the library cleverly featured as the focal point in this picture. Now this is a library for moi!
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