Create a Place for Books
Dining Rooms, Living Rooms, Halls — Even TV Rooms Have Library Potential
The inscription over the door at the Library at Thebes says: Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. Perhaps "for the soul" would be more appropriate, but I'm not going to nitpick because I love the sentiment. Sometimes with all of the technology we have, I fear we forget about the greatest resource we have for taking us far far away, teaching us, engaging children to learn, sparking our imaginations and giving good company: books. (Yes, I realize the irony that this is a website and I found that quote online, and that I desperately want an iPad, but you know, sometimes the power or the internet goes out and then what are you going to do?) Here are some ways to celebrate books in your home.
Even if space is tight in your house, giving a room a library feel is a wonderful way to approach decorating and to inspire you to read more. While I advocate passing along books you know you won't read again to cut down on clutter, certainly you own plenty that you want to read again and again, refer to or have on hand to lend to a friend. Here, a dining room serves as a home office, conference room, homework space and library.
A home office can be outfitted with built-ins to double as a library.
Flank the fireplace with shelves. It's a great way to display your books and gain some symmetry.
This painting is of Saint Jerome, the Patron Saint of Libraries. I just made that up, but it would be great if it were true.
These books can be admired from several levels and rooms in the house, and because of the built-in bookshelves and the pleasing way they are arranged, they work with the minimalist aesthetic.
This transitional open space serves as a library, home office and lounge area.
This comfortable living room doubles as a library. Another design element that libraries let you use are those gorgeous swing arm sconces, seen above the shelves.
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