HOME LIBRARY // BOOKSHELF DESIGN
Updated: Oct 13
Whether it's a full room or a cozy nook, dedicating a space for books definitely has its benefits. Books can make for simple and elegant decor, adding instant color, personality, and eclectic style. It also means you can stress less about curating the perfect mix of decorative accessories.
For bookworms, walls lined with floor-to-ceiling shelving can be an approach to a home library that draws focus to favorite books and collections.
For collectors, coffee-table books can add symmetry, proportion, and depth to surfaces and along walls. And for families with little ones, a great selection of books on display is sure to inspire reading and literacy in your children. But for decor enthusiasts, designing your home library is as much about the books as it is about the shelves, seating, lighting, textures, and more.
First, you must know the actual definition of a home library. It's a comfortable room where all of your books are on display, somewhere you can go and read after a long day. Home libraries have been associated with the wealthy in the past; however, a person can have one in any financial situation in today's world.
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for, what EXACTLY do you need to transform any room into your very own home library?
1. The Biggest Book Case You Can Find
If you want a library in your home, we assume that you love books. If that's the case, you want to get the most prominent home library you can find. The most common home library bookcases stretch from floor to ceiling, so you have an entire wall of books. Not only are you able to show off your impressive collection, but you'll be able to see everything and easily find the book you want to read.
Even if you don't have an extensive book collection yet, we suggest getting a large bookcase. You want a library, so it's evident that you love reading. Trust us, you're going to fill that bookcase over time.
Plus, it's better to go big and have extra room than to get a smaller bookcase and have to find a new one in a year. We suggest that you get the biggest one you can find and work on filling.
How do you reach the books on the top shelf? You're going to need a bookshelf ladder in order to reach the books on the top shelf. These ladders are typically smaller than a traditional ladder. They are made to match the bookcase's color and wood grain and are an essential part of your home library.
2. An Extremely Comfortable Chair
Now that you have the books, you need somewhere to read them. Nothing beats having a broad, comfy chair you can plop in with a good book. Without a comfortable chair, your library is nothing more than a room with books.
Maybe you want more than just a chair. Depending on the size of your home library, you can get a loveseat or couch. No form of seating is out of the question as long as it's comfortable and fits in the room.
You know what would make a comfortable chair even better? Having a blanket to wrap up in. Blankets and reading are a perfect match. Just imagine curling up in your large chair on a cold winter evening, wrapped in a thick blanket, and reading a good book. Sounds like heaven.
3. A Lamp to See What You're Reading
It's impossible to read in the dark, so you're going to need some lighting for your home library. However, you may not want to turn on the light in the room because it's harsh and takes away from relaxing.
That's where a lamp comes in handy. It lights a small area with soft lighting that's perfect for reading.
4. A Large, Operable Window is a Must
During the day, you don't want to be using lamps. It's a waste of power, especially if you can be enjoying natural light. That means you're going to need a window in your library.
Windows will allow for natural light to pass into your home. This is great for reading without the use of harsh, unnatural light from a bulb. Also, sunlight has many benefits, including improving mood and greater productivity.
You want to make sure that you get an operable window for your home library. This will allow you to enjoy a cool breeze and fresh air.
5. Streamline The Design
For minimalists, books can feel like clutter or visual chaos—but that doesn't mean you have to live without them. Fill shelves with books in monochrome or a neutral palette, and even the tallest stacks will evoke a sense of simplicity and calm. Here, piles of magazines work to create a completely white backdrop, a fun optical illusion when you consider all the colorful content within those publications. And consider this: For the books you own, cover them in solid or marbled paper to achieve the same monochrome effect.
There are three keys: having a place to store books, a comfortable place to sit, and enough light to read. We will help you find the right ones for you!