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This home has a wide-open floor plan, but the modern library space is demarcated by a change in elevation and rich dark wood. Using shelves that go only halfway up the walls as well as glossy ivory flooring keeps things light.
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Instead of closing off the library in the usual traditional way, this open library keeps the space airy and makes the entire first floor feel larger. Planked walls and a planked ceiling lend a cottage feel.
The upstairs hallway is often a wasted space; just a slight addition to the depth allowed for long bookshelves here. The walkway is open to the floor below.
Tip: Take note of the track lighting, art lighting and library lamps used to spotlight the shelves in many of these photos. Shining light on your books and objects will transform the way you experience your library space, especially at night.
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This bright library space is the perfect spot for hosting a modern salon.
There are no rules that say bookshelves need to hug the walls; they can also serve as room dividers in a large, open space. This room can go from breakfast room to research and homework area with one clearing of the table.