If you’ve sighed in awe when the Beast showed Beauty his library in Disney’s animated movie more than when the two danced than you are suffering from a wonderful condition called book fever. While every true bookworm’s book collection is always “under construction”, you can still start building a dream library inside your home now. As a result, you will have an organized storage for all of your beloved books, as well as a quiet and relaxing place to retreat and read. Here are some tips that will help you create this special place in your home, regardless of how much space or money you have at your disposal.
Lay the ground
The beginning of a home library isn’t the moment when you place the first book on the bookshelf. It starts with choosing a quiet room that isn’t heavily trafficked. If you can’t afford to dedicate one entire room to your books, you can repurpose one corner of a quiet guest room or den. The next thing to do is to choose the color palette. If you want to evoke the old charm libraries used to have, you should go for the combination of dark browns, hunter greens, and rich burgundy. If you want to decorate the library in coherence with your style, feel free to choose any color that represents you.
Choose your storage
This will demand of you to determine how many books you have and assess your storage needs. How much space you have will also play a significant role. Here are some storage solutions that might fit your needs:
- Floor to ceiling shelves packed with books are every bookworm’s dream, and if you have enough space and books, this is the road to take. Just make sure the shelves are properly secured so that they can carry the weight of the books.
- If you want to create an eclectic, vintage library, you can make a charming display out of different shelves (you can buy them at a flea market). Also, if you don’t have enough books to fill them, you can mix the books with magazines, travel souvenirs, and other accessories.
- Floating shelves are an amazing way to create storage for your books, especially if you are constantly expanding your collection because you can always install more of them, and they can fit into every nook.
- Stacking wooden crates on top of each other and side by side can also serve its purpose if you’re operating on a tight budget.
Make it functional and healthy
Library lighting is crucial. If the room has windows, let the natural light in during the day. As for the evening, have a set of layered lighting solutions, ranging from ambiance lights to side table lamps. Another thing to address is the air quality. Books can collect a lot of dust (even if you clean the shelves regularly), and you will need the best air purifier on the market to avoid the common traps of polluted air – poor focus and decreased energy – both of the things essential for reading.
Make it comfy
If you are going to dedicate a room to books, you might as well leave some space for reading. Creating a reading nook in a library is easy. You just need a cozy armchair (or a rocking chair if you prefer a vintage touch) and a throw blanket for colder days. If you prefer to read while lying down, a soft sofa will do.
Finally, you need to introduce a set of details that will truly make this room your own. The accessories should depend on your preference and the overall style of the library. They can range from a simple addition of a vase with fresh flowers to something more personal, like a statement poster (e.g. something from your favorite book) or a throw pillow with a book quote.
Home libraries shouldn’t be a luxury. With enough wit and planning, anyone can design a perfect book space anywhere in the house. These tips should help you do that, and enjoy your books even more.