How to Design a Dream Library
Image: Architectural Digest
For me, bookshelves will always be a requisite to any living space I have. Aside from the practicality of holding some of my favorite things in the world, they’re a great décor feature. Books atop a shelf add in texture and variation, which help keep a space from looking one-dimensional. Much like Disney’s Beast who has an opulent collection and space, there are a number of gorgeous libraries that are perfect inspiration in creating a home library. But sometimes we can’t afford that dream library or don’t have the space to do so. Here’s how to create a dream library in any circumstance.
- Little Green Notebook. One of my favorite DIY bloggers is Little Green Notebook. She recently created her dream library (with a rolling ladder!) in the home she’s been renovating. This custom-built shelving unit is for someone who plans to invest in their home long-term.
- The C Word. If you don’t have the option to do floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves, select a portion of your wall and add in your own shelves. These can be done on your own or you can get some simple Ikea shelves for not very much.
- April and May. One of the coolest ways to display books is an invisible stand. Try stacking a number of them in neat columns to create this cool look.
- Elle Decor. If you don’t have a large place to display your collection, enhance the tone of your shelves by displaying books with bold colors or patterns.
- Nuevo Estilo. If you have the space, use the entire wall for shelving. This will create an immediate focal point to the room and is especially helpful if you have a large collection.
- The Inspiration Room. If you have the option to have your very own room, go with built-ins!
- Martha Stewart. Color-coding your books is a recent-ish trend and is great if you have a lot of art books. It looks particularly dreamy on white shelves.
- Lonny. Framing a mantle with bookshelves is also a classic approach. I love the traditional feel it creates as well as the invitation it creates to select a book around a fire.
(top image) Don’t forget to make the rest of the room a cozy place to read. Use comfortable furniture to accessorize the space!
What does your dream library look like?