11 Home Libraries Worth Swooning Over
Books on books on books.
To all my fellow book nerds, romantics and fairy-tale lovers, today is a magical day. Not only is it World Book Day, but it’s also only 15 days until the live-action Beauty and the Beast hits theaters. And I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most enchanting scenes in the animated version was always the first library scene.
When Belle effortlessly flew across the room via charming rolling ladder, that was it for me. I suddenly knew that one day, I also wanted to slide across my own library, admiring a carefully-curated collection of gorgeous hardbacks. But until that day, I’m more than happy to live vicariously through Belle and these incredible home libraries that keep the dream alive.
There's just something about a library with dark walls that's the ultimate in sophistication. This stunning design swaps out classic mahogany for a classy blue alternative.
Blue and Pink Transitional Library With Striped Curtains
Blue and pink are a surprisingly grown-up combination in this handsome library, in part because of the room's sophisticated details: a plush Oriental rug, tailored armchairs, a delicate coffee table. Stripes on the curtains are a hint of a jaunty nautical touch.
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This colorful space by J & J Design Group couldn't be cuter with a playful Oriental rug, deep blue bookshelves and striped curtains. Add a platter of tea sandwiches and a pitcher of iced tea, and you've got yourself the makings of the perfect book club.
Warm Open Kitchen with Built-in Bookcases
If you have a dining room, letting it serve double duty as a library is a great use of space -- plus your dining area will benefit from the style and warmth that comes with books. Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” says you could also put shelves in a dining area of an eat-in kitchen, even if they only came up halfway, which would be much more budget friendly.
Who needs wallpaper when your entire kitchen is covered in gorgeous, colorful books? It's breakfast with a side of books.
Rich Toned Woods and Fabrics in Luxurious Library
To give this space an extravagant feel, designers chose dark wood for the bookshelves and filled those shelves with first additions and other collectors' items. For the furnishings, a leather couch and chair sit just below the shelves, and creating an exotic vibe, a zebra-skin rug, completing the lavish library.
Hello, luxury! Could this possibly be Ron Burgundy's apartment? If the stylish leather seating wasn't enough, the exotic zebra-skin rug definitely takes this space up a notch. Design by Kathe Baker
Antique Furniture Meets Boho Accents in Eclectic Library
Located just off the hall, this eclectic library boasts an impressive floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that's perfect for storing books and displaying prized possessions. Beneath a single pendant light, an antique sofa and armchair are adorned with bohemian accents, giving the room a collected feeling.
This room by Jeff Troyer may be the most inspirational in the bunch. All it takes to recreate the look is a wall with a doorway and perhaps a friend with some woodworking skills. And boom, you have yourself an incredible library. Add cozy seating, and you could most certainly lose track of time in this sweet space.
Contemporary yet Masculine Library
Deep blue walls and built-in bookshelves create a rich, inviting atmosphere in this library. A pair of leather armchairs combine with a classic desk and neutral desk chair.
Contemporary with a hint of intimidation, this moody room features unique artwork, sultry accents and just a touch of macabre. I certainly wouldn't mind a spin in that power seat. Design by Mirador Group
Hideaway Library With Built-In Shelves
The home office is lined with custom bookshelves that have uplighting hidden behind the crown. Complete with a vintage leather armchair, the space is a hideaway for book lovers.
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What's a worn leather chair if not a sign of a really great library? Design by Jeff Troyer Associates
Dining Room With Large Windows, Row of Bookshelves & Wood Table
A place both to study and gather, this dining area/library is simple, functional and beautiful. Favorite books line one wall, while a view of the shore shines through the windows on the other. The simple table is made from a single piece of wood custom-made for the space.
If you ever get tired of gazing at the ocean, just turn to your right for an even better view. Design by Becker Studios
Add one comfy chair, one roaring fire and the perfect book. Congratulations, you've just created the perfect day.
Custom Library With Floating Shelves and Seating Area
Custom shelves were built to create a library space in this urban loft. Two leather armchairs create a reading nook alongside the library.
Think you don't have space for an impressive library? Just check out this setup by Loczi Design. Custom shelves turn a blank corner into a literary dream — ladder included.
Home Library Hits the Right Note
In need of a home for their beautiful bass and extensive collection of books and records, the homeowners turned to designer Harmony Weihs to transform an unused corner into functional storage space.
This formerly unused corner became a petite version of one of my all-time favorite libraries when designer Harmony Weihs worked her transformative magic. Now a pretty, blue showstopper (with a gorgeous rolling ladder), it's reminiscent of another blue beauty.
This traditional man's library is filled with rich leather and wood furniture. The antique map ceiling draws the eye upward, while the red Venetian plaster walls add texture. Soft lighting leaves a calm feeling in the room, and the floor-to-ceiling draperies and area rug tie all the colors of the room together. Design by Jennifer Duneier
This upscale library is filled with elegance. The soft gray and gold color tones coordinate to deliver a luxurious feel to the study space. Glass, metal, stone and Venetian plaster implement different textures for a dimensional look. Two hidden storage cabinets flank built-in shelving to store a large book collection. Photo courtesy of Tara Shaw Maison
More Than Just a Library
This luxurious space has so many amenities that you wouldn't even think it was a library. HGTV fan cara58's library is complete with a wine cellar, full bar and limestone fireplace. The large silk area rug brings an extra touch of glamour.
Designer Ana Donohue created a transitional library by combining contemporary patterns and colors with traditional furniture. The built-in open shelving, flanking both sides of the French doors, provides ample storage, while a large round mirror opens up the cozy space.
Cozy Library Nook
Black shelving and a bold red leather chair bring a sense of drama in this cozy library nook. Designer Jennifer Charleston occupied a corner of the dining room to allow guests to wind down after a big meal. A black floor lamp provides the ideal amount of lighting to create a soothing ambiance.
Sometimes all you need to create a cozy library is closet space, some lighting and a comfortable chair. Designer Judi Ackerman placed a bookshelf in the closet and added a leather wingback chair for a cozy spot to read. Coastal book ends and accessories coordinate with the tropical theme of the rest of the room.
The high grid ceiling and arched entryway bring sophistication to this Tuscan-style library. The rich wooden desk complements the wall-to-wall bookshelf, while the patterned area rug brings a splash of color. Design by Debra Kay George Interiors
Best Spot in the House
A home library can easily become the favorite room of the house. HGTV fan srk1941 uses the room to sit back on the comfortable chairs and read a book next to a table lamp that provides the perfect amount of lighting. The wall of books acts as the only decor in the room, which evokes a calm feel.
Opulent Yet Comforting
Warm and Inviting
Nothing is cozier than a comfortable spot to read during cold winter months. HGTV fan BelleInteriors incorporated a red plaid window treatment and tablecloth with rich mahogany wood bookshelves for a comforting effect. A plush loveseat, ottoman and cowhide rug bring softness to the space.