At home with books - designing a library

There is something incredibly inspiring about a collection of books on display. I know e-readers seem to be taking over the world but I think the converse effect has been to make us more aware of the value of the printed word. So when I was asked recently what I thought the next design trend would be, my answer was: libraries!

There is something incredibly inspiring about a collection of books on display. I know e-readers seem to be taking over the world but I think the converse effect has been to make us more aware of the value of the printed word. So when I was asked recently what I thought the next design trend would be, my answer was: libraries!

You only have to look to design hotels to see how libraries are in vogue. Some of my favourite hotels, like Ham Yard and Dorset Square, have beautifully designed libraries, not to mention the number of library bars that are springing up around London. I think its because there's something innately soulful about books. They give personality to a space, and they are physical representations of the characters and interests of the people within a home.


But just how does one create a library in a contemporary home environment? It's more than dedicating a room to books - it's about creating an environment in which you like to spend time reading. Comfortable seating paired with beautiful writing desks make for a wonderfully welcoming space - and one which can double up as a study or a sitting room. Traditionally libraries were a very masculine environment so bringing in softer fabrics and intimate lighting softens the atmosphere somewhat.

For many of us, space often has to work a lot harder and take on more than one function – especially as open plan living becomes more popular. Even if you can’t dedicate an entire room to a library, you can incorporate a library wall into your home with a bit of creating thinking.  My own home is a barn conversion, which means that the layout of space is not very traditional. We have a wonderful open plan living area and chose to incorporate a library wall in the sitting room. The library wall makes the most of the double height ceiling and I just love that it is accessible by a step ladder! It brings so much character to the room and all the family have our favourite books stashed in the shelves (somewhere!).

You can see more of our Barn Conversion project here and don't forget to keep in touch with me via Twitter or Instagram.

Till next time, happy reading!
Emma

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