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The Home Library Where Design Tells the Story

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

[caption id="attachment_1938" align="alignleft" width="620"]Cute home library/reading corner Cute home library/reading corner (source)[/caption] Every night I read my son a bedtime story, not from an e-reader but from a book.  He loves looking at the pictures, turning the pages and proudly choosing which story to read the following evening.  Like most of you we have shelves of books, some books so worn after constant reading and those that for one reason or another, we just haven't got round to reading.  I also have a kindle.  Whether you read a book in the traditional or contemporary way, it's the fact that we are reading and enjoying the words creatively placed on the page. You know a person who loves books, when they walk into a book store and seemingly spend hours deciding on what to choose.  Their eyes glazes over as they read the words and they are intoxicated by the smell of the pages.   Have you ever walked into an old book store and never wanted to leave? [caption id="attachment_1914" align="alignnone" width="433"](Source) Cosy book store (source)[/caption] But where do you store your books at home? Home libraries are not only a thing of the past but they are very much of the present.  Many contemporary homes, design creative and inventive solutions to ensure that their precious collections are on display. Traditional With a traditional library you are creating a room that breathes history, is atmospheric and where the furniture should tell a story.  You want to mix together vintage pieces with traditional materials such as wood and leather.  The library should feel lived in and have a slight sense of organised chaos. [caption id="attachment_1915" align="alignnone" width="550"](Source) Panelled Library (source)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1916" align="alignnone" width="400"](Source) Traditional study/library (source)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1917" align="alignnone" width="620"](Source) Library/trophy room (source)[/caption] Contemporary A contemporary library is about order and clean lines.  You want the space to feel light and airy so more of a neutral palette is used and warmth is brought into the space by accessories and the colour display of your books. [caption id="attachment_1918" align="alignnone" width="444"](Source) Clean, white library (source)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1919" align="alignnone" width="550"](Source) Modern library (source)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignnone" width="493"](Source) Home library (source)[/caption] Creating Traditional and Contemporary Home Libraries How do you create a traditional or contemporary library in your home?  No matter what space you have available you can turn it into your idea of literary haven.  I have chosen the same 4 pieces for each style (shelves, sofa, lamp and globe), to show you how easy it is to design each look. Traditional Four pieces to create a traditional library look. [caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignleft" width="450"]Reclaimed wood bookcase - Eat Sleep live Reclaimed wood bookcase - Eat Sleep Live[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1922" align="alignnone" width="620"]Todd Large Leather Chesterfield Sofa, John Lewis Todd Large Leather Chesterfield Sofa - John Lewis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1924" align="alignnone" width="620"]Terrestrial Desk Globe, Occa-Home Terrestrial Desk Globe - Occa-Home[/caption] Contemporary Four pieces to create a contemporary library look. [caption id="attachment_1927" align="alignnone" width="550"]Fayence Library Bookcase with Ladder, Designersofas4u Fayence Library Bookcase with Ladder - Designersofas4u[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1926" align="alignnone" width="620"]Hayworth Grand Chesterfield Sofa, John Lewis Hayworth Grand Chesterfield Sofa - John Lewis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1928" align="alignnone" width="550"]Industrial Desk Lamp, Designersofa4u Industrial Desk Lamp, Designersofa4u[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1929" align="alignnone" width="620"]Black Globe, John Lewis Black Globe - John Lewis[/caption]

Eat Sleep Live You don't have to have a specific room for your library.  You can create a library wherever you Eat Sleep Live Eat [caption id="attachment_1930" align="alignnone" width="600"](Source) Dining room library (source)[/caption] Sleep [caption id="attachment_1931" align="alignnone" width="500"](Source) Bedroom library (source)[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_1932" align="alignnone" width="500"](Source) Living room library (source)[/caption] For more home library inspiration see our collection of bookcases or join us on our Pinterest page.

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