There are certain rooms that everyone expects to find in a house: kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms. But then there are those unexpected “bonus” spaces visitors may be surprised to discover—like home libraries.
We are definitely living in a digital world, but there’s still something so comforting and cozy about a home library. It’s a room where you switch your iPhone to “silent,” disconnect from the real world, and curl up with a good book for a while. And a home library doesn’t have to be like the ones you picture in old Victorian mansions or rustic hunting lodges of the past (though those are cool, too)—you can create a library anywhere in your house. Build your own library under a staircase, in a small alcove, in a spare bedroom, or on your porch.
Need some real-life inspiration before you get started on your home library? We’ve pulled together some of our favorites from around the web.
10 Home Libraries You Need to Check Out
Calm, cool, and collected! By mixing cool blue tones and warm wood floors and finishes, this library space provides an ever so inviting area to turn a few chapters.
Attention all beach bums! This bright, open, simple layout keeps the vibe light and airy—a true haven for your favorite summer best sellers.
Libraries don’t have to be so basic! With a worldly, vintage feel this space couldn’t be more unique and eclectic. It’s safe to say the collection of books filling these shelves would be just as interesting as the room itself.
Got writers block? A dark color palette mixed with aged leather and wood, effortlessly renders a masculine feel—which is sure to power anyone through their creative wall.
Travel, leisure, and innovation! This space makes for the perfect area to unwind, to daydream, and to discover. With warm woods, clean shelving, and collectables, one would be more inclined to turn down the TV and opt to spin the globe, heat up a hot cup of tea, and open up a book that inspires them.
Function meets esthetic! At first glance, this home library looks solely decorative—however, the functionality of this library is just as any other. Clean shelving, monochromatic book placement and oceanic decorative pieces allow for the best of both worlds. This is the perfect place to take off your flip flops (or Gucci loafers) and dive into a good book!
Work for it! There is nothing like replicating a classic, high-rise, library collection. Utilizing a sliding ladder maintains the integrity of a true library while also saving living space. Cue Miley Cyrus, “The Climb.”
Comfortable and cozy! This reading nook couldn’t be more inviting. By saturating a space in neutral green tones one will gain an immediate sense of calm—and when pairing with plush carpeting and cozy finishings this area will be sure to produce one serious book worm.
Fiction or non-fiction: reading a book with a complete view of the outdoors is amazing! For those of us who love the outdoors and feel a sense of guilt by “wasting” a day inside over a good book—designing a glass wall will immediately rectify the issue.
There is never enough terracotta! Warm terracotta tile, paired with modern furniture, a weightless chandelier and a sky high ceiling make for an area of pure imagination and innovation. We love this library and all the possibilities it portrays.