If you are planning to redesign your home, think about giving the personal library a bit more attention.
Nowadays, in times of electronic books that can handle thousands of books, you may not need an entire room to accommodate all your books. One bookcase can be more than enough.
On the other hand, the place doesn’t automatically become a home library just because you’ll put a bookcase there. You need something more: the magic.
In the list below, you’ll see different ideas for a home library. Separate or transitional rooms, parts of the living room, or specially arranged corners. All they have in common is that feeling you have when you look at them: “this must be a perfect place for reading.”
Sometimes a dimmed light and a comfortable chair with cozy pillows will create the desired effect!
Just like in the case of beautiful reading nooks, we wanted not only to share stunning photos but also give practical details about the designers behind the projects.
That’s why in finding the best home library ideas we focused on one website: Houzz – the leading online platform for people interested in interior design and decorating ideas.
On Houzz, each page dedicated to a specific project includes not only contains a description and a link to the designer but also information – sometimes very detailed – about the elements in the photo. For instance, you can find such details as the color and type of the wood paint used for a bookcase.
If you come across any other wonderful project of a home library, don’t hesitate to share it with our readers. Thanks!
20 most wonderful home library ideas
River Front Residence library. Traditional, Hampton style living room in a residence in Perth has beige walls, with custom designed cabinets that include beautifully styled bookshelves.
Industrial home library and study room. Designed for the couple in Montreal, the home library with shelves made entirely from recycled wood and threaded metal rods suspended to the joists. ⇢ Designed by Studio MMA / More on Houzz.
Rock Creek library. This is a rustic enclosed living room with a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace surround.
Home library and reading nook. For an academic couple, a large open stair landing was transformed into a library and reading nook, perfect as the central focal point of their home. ⇢ Designed by HP Rovinelli Architects / More on Houzz.
Family Irving Gill – family room with a library. A home library in the historic Percival Thompson House, built in 1910.
Scandinavian style home library. Home office and library in a contemporary home. White shelving, dark wooden floor, industrial door, and and brown comfortable leather chairs. ⇢ Designed by DK Studio / More on Houzz.
Contemporary home library with irregular bookshelves. Designed in a contemporary style, the library has built-in bookshelves. On a beige leather sofa there are Cartoloji map pillows. ⇢ More on Houzz.
Victorian family room and library. A library and a meeting room in a house of the family that wanted to reflect their love and admiration for all things French.
Timber frame home office & library. Home office with a loft library in timber frame home. The style is created by combining white walls, dark hardwood floors, and a freestanding desk. ⇢ Designed by Sitka Log Homes / More on Houzz.
Home office and study room. Dark floor is contrasted with white bookshelves in this traditional style home library in a country cottage.
Traditional home office and library. With the floor-to-ceiling bookcase Martha Washington chair, and silk tassel trim curtains, this home library is a heaven for any book lover. ⇢ Designed by Brown Davis Interiors / More on Houzz.
Hidden library. This library & study room is designed in an Asian style. It contains several printer cabinets, media cabinets, and drawers for an extensive collection of books and CDs.
Scandinavian stairway library and reading nook. Gorgeous bookcase stairs and a reading nook behind on a way to the upper bedroom in the Svandinavian style flat in France. ⇢ Designed by IFJ Architecture / More on Houzz.
Modern style transitional library. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a study table are located in the transitional room, creating a wonderful contemporary library lounge. ⇢ Designed by Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects / More on Houzz.
Old shaped family room and library. The family room in an old house in New York. The wood is covered with English Chestnut color stain. A traditional fireplace surrounded by bookshelves creates a Gothic feeling. ⇢ Designed by Christina Marraccini Inc / More on Houzz.
Eclectic bedroom and library. This bedroom in New York features white walls, light hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a library ladder. ⇢ Designed by Denizen Design / More on Houzz.
Home office library in Austin. This small room is used as a library, office, and a meeting place. Library shelves and the rest of furniture is crafted from Mahogany with a dark brown stain. ⇢ Designed by Cravotta Interiors / More on Houzz.
Eclectic home office. A small and cozy home office in Toronto. The book collection is displayed by color order. ⇢ More on Houzz.
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