libraryTraditional Living Room, Portland
Louise Lakier Photography © 2012 Houzz
What Houzz contributors are saying:
“If the client asked me why, I would tell them there is something frankly fake about books put on a shelf that will never get touched. There is something about books that have been sorted and displayed by color (unless they are a series, like law books or old tomes) that seems pretentious, even superficial. Like telling the world the content of the book is not what’s important; that it’s the exterior shell that is. Doesn’t that seem to go against everything we try to teach our young people about humanity? It’s what’s inside that counts. Looks aren’t important. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Remember? “When displaying intentionally by color, the books morph into chunks of red, green, blue, yellow and so on, and they no longer appear to be books. So why use books if color blocking is the goal? I think designers who sort books by color, and the client that allows this to happen, are missing the point of books. They need to look at other pieces to display, or forget about having bookshelves. Support your local artists instead.”
Taking the library to new heights. If you have a tall room, emphasize its height with a floating library that doesn't rob floor space. Just make sure you can access it. A rolling library ladder like this one fits the bill nicely. If a rolling ladder isn’t your style — or if your space can’t accommodate one — make sure you have another safe way to access your shelves. Folding ladders stash out of view when not in use.
The living room's vaulted ceiling made space for a library with open shelving and a custom sliding ladder. Reclaimed fir from Barnwood Naturals adds warmth to the high ceiling. Sal built a wall with two archways between the living room and the kitchen to separate the two rooms.Red oak finished with a water-based polyurethane grounds the entire first floor. Geri hand made and installed the floor tiles at the hearth.