Designing a Library in your Home! or How to make it look like you’re not a book Nerd!

I love this caption!

I love this caption!

I have to admit I’m a book nerd.  I love to read and I love reference books especially on Art History and Architecture. Yes, I download books on my Ipad and its great for travelling, but try and read a novel on an Ipad or some other book reader poolside or on a beach.  The hardware is awkward to hold, it gets hot and I’m always worried it’s going to get damaged.

Regardless, I’m not getting rid of my beloved books.  In fact I think you need books to turn a house into a home (just a personal opinion).  Let’s face it, books make you look intelligent (and you are) like eye glasses.  Books are also a great way to keep guests occupied while you’re getting ready and it’s less likely they’ll snoop and find the linen closet a mess.

The BIG plus about books is that they make great decorations! You know that living room you have that no one ever really uses – except for unannounced guests and Christmas celebrations. That’s your library. A room that pulls double duty in an ingenious way.  No matter where I call home I always add book shelves to the living room.  Take a look at some of the best ways to add book shelves to any room and create the library of your dreams.

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Using books and decorative accessories behind the couch

Love this idea – Bookshelves behind the couch.

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Use color on book back panels to accent colors

Ok, who wouldn’t want the pully ladder? It’s so quaint.  Note the way they painted the back of the bookcase.  Painting the bookshelf back panel is a great way to continue the decor theme or color co-ordination in the room.

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Shelves and stairs

Another great way to use the stairs.  If the shelves are tall enough you won’t even need spindles.

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Shelves help distinguish rooms, display books and organize

Shelves around the couch.  Never have to look for a place to lay the popcorn down again and showcase your book selection at the same time.

Breakfast nook and book nook!

Breakfast nook and book nook!

Books in the kitchen – not just for cook books anymore.  This is a great idea if your home is short on space.

Room divider Shelves

Room divider Shelves

Turn ordinary book shelves into room dividers.  This trick will even reduce noise!

Who wouldn’t want a cozy area to read? I’d love to get a book right now.

Cozy book reading area

Cozy book reading area

Cozy chairs by the fire

Cozy chairs by the fire

Another cozy area, this time the warmth is provided by the egg chairs.  Cozy up to the fireplace with a good book and a comfortable chair.  This time the warmth is provided by the egg chairs.

Take a bookshelf with you where ever you go.  This ladder is such a great design option.

Book ladder

Book ladder

For those times when you need more than a bubble bath to relax design some built-in book shelves in the bathroom.  I wouldn’t recommend placing your first editions in the bathroom though, the humidity is not kind to old priceless books.

A bubble bath and a good book!

A bubble bath and a good book!

The ideal way to show off those beautiful reference books with all the incredible photographs – on the coffee table!

Ultimate coffee table book displays

Ultimate coffee table book displays

Or, if you have more books than coffee table, make a coffee table out of books!

Coffee table books, books make a coffee table

Coffee table books, books make a coffee table

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4 thoughts on “Designing a Library in your Home! or How to make it look like you’re not a book Nerd!

  1. This is a great post! Somehow I skipped it the first time I was going through your blog. There is nothing nicer than holding a real book (even though I do use Kindle when traveling). Love the idea about the space under the staircase and in the dinning room.

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