Most bookworms fantasise of having a location where they can disconnect from the outside world and lose themselves in a good book. Home libraries may appear to be a thing of the past, but there’s no reason why you can’t build one in your own home. It only takes a little planning ahead of time to ensure that this project turns out just how you imagined it.
Because they are such intimate rooms, your own tastes will play a big role in the design, however, regardless of your aesthetic, there are some guidelines to follow to guarantee that your home library runs smoothly, continue reading to go a step closer to making your dream home a reality.
WHERE AND HOW?
Storage is the holy grail of the home library. If you’re a big reader, you’ve spent a lot of time storing your books in less-than-ideal situations. It’s time to now proudly showcase your books that you’ve committed to developing your own library. The first step is to choose the ideal spot in your home for this project. Only a few people have the luxury of dedicating an entire room to the task. It’s much more typical to discover inventive methods to share space with a home office or living space. If necessary, a smaller reading nook might be made from previously underutilised space in a master bedroom or loft area.
Once you’ve envisioned where your library will take shape, it’s time to get serious about storage. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or built-ins are the usual possibilities, you could even go really fancy and add a rolling library ladder to really give that dream library full effect.
The most crucial feature of a home library, after storage, is comfortable seating. Whether it can accommodate a single chair or a huge couch. This is one of the few times when we propose foregoing ultra-modern simplicity in favour of comfort. This space should feel welcoming. To create a casual and friendly mood in the area, if there are multiple chairs, arrange them so that they are inclined toward rather than away from one another.
Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, occupies the majority of the area and allows you to safely walk around. It is typically provided by recessed lighting, track lighting, or wall-mounted fixtures.
Accent lighting is used to draw attention to a specific focal point, such as a piece of wall art. Dimmers are frequently used on picture lights, wall-mounted fixtures, or track lighting to provide mood lighting.
Task lights, as the name implies, are used to assist you in completing a specific function. This could range from desk lamps to pendant lights hung above a kitchen island.
ORGANISING YOUR COLLECTION
Now you’ve got the tips on how to create a perfect space for your home library, the next task is to decide what books make it on your bookshelf. Wherever your books are located you should get them all together and decide if they would fit on your new bookshelf, and do you want them there?
Once you’ve decided on the books that have made the cut you can then decide how you are going to display them. There is no right or wrong way to organise your books. A-Z, Colour coded or even with the spines facing outwards (not recommended for practicality) You could even separate your books into genres, whichever way you want to showcase them, this is your call.
The final element of any home library is cosiness. This is, at its foundation, a form of indulgence. Textiles are a particularly good for bringing comfort to the room in this scenario. A fake fur throw rug, for example, could help to anchor the space. Add a few throw cushions to each chair or sofa in your seating arrangement. Finally, a soft blanket can be added to the mix to keep you warm in the colder months. The final step is to add a personalization component. Make your home library feel like an oasis because it will most likely function as a respite from the stresses of regular living. This is your legal permission to buy a piece of wall art or a specific piece of décor to personalise this space.