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Every Home Needs a Library…

For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of having my own home library. In my mind’s eye I can see it filled with books from my childhood, books from the different periods of my life {yes, I might even put them in chronological order so that I could see my life history played out on the shelves}, books from my travels, books that are works of art and books of great value-like those handmade, self published books that were given to me on special occasions by my children. It would be my place of refuge from a crazy world. It would be my creative corner. It would be the place I’d invite my friends and family in to for a cup of tea and a long visit.


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When I came across an article about “How to Design Your Own Home Library” on eHow I just had to share the great information that I read . Now you can join me in putting together your own dream library.


Choose a theme. Many home libraries revolve around a single theme. Spanish, Victorian and French themes are popular decorative cultural themes in libraries, since they radiate a classic and elegant feel. However, you may choose any theme you desire.


home library decor ideas

{Isn’t Ralph Lauren decor a “theme” that seems like the perfect fit for areas like the library.}

Display valuable, rare or collector’s items. Home libraries often contain items such as rare books, antique maps, globes, fine art or other collectibles. Find ways and space to display these items and add to the elegance of your home library without detracting attention from your book collection.

home library decor ideas

{I’ve always loved the idea of hanging art from the front ledges of the library shelves.}

Use books to decorate your home library. The position of your books can affect the way it is perceived. If you want to impress visitors with your home library, consider positioning your most valuable books away from the others. Glass display cases can add a touch of refinement.


home library decor ideas

home library decor ideas

{Be sure to add decorative items to your bookshelves. It makes any book look great-no matter what the cover might be.}


Bring light into your library. Use natural and artificial light to brighten up the space and call attention to specific objects or collections.


Home library decor ideas

{This lighting  just makes the library-from the great chandelier in the centered over the table to the halogen lights on the shelves.}

Make colors work for your personal library. While classic library color choices are dark, using lighter colors can add a contemporary twist to your home library. Brighter colors can also lighten the mood of the space. Home library decor ideas{Library colors don’t always have to be masculine and dark. You can even use pink if you want.}
Home library decor ideas{Or keep the room white and let the books become the decorative statements in the room.}

Keep your home library’s main purpose in mind. Displaying and storing books should be the priority when deciding on home library decor. If you decide to use your home library as a study area or computer area too, set specific spaces aside for these activities.

home library decor ideas{The perfect office-library-workroom combination. I could seriously spend all day long in this room working on projects and reading,}

Personalize your home library. Put a personal touch into your library decorating even if you decide to follow a theme. Your home library and its decor, after all, is an extension of you and your intellectual interests.
Home library decor ideas-green sofa-artwork {If you’d love to decorate your own personal library with a green sofa-you can. It’s a great way to make this room reflect your personality and style. So if you see a green sofa in my library you’ll know why I love this picture so much.}


Switch things up a bit every now and then. A home library should be growing constantly and evolving. If you have free-standing shelves, rearrange their order. You may move them from against the wall to in the middle of the room. Play with lighting to accommodate your home library’s new additions and arrangement.

home decor ideas-home library{I think that this unique library lends itself to constant evolving. How fun to add, take away and rearrange the shelves with your own personal mementos or to add seasonal decor?}


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  • April 12, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    maureen - love your post on libraries…and I too, love the idea of hanging art from the front ledges of the book shelves…

  • April 12, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Shelly Merrill - Awesome post. My favorite is the white room with the books popping out of the wall. I have always wanted one of those sliding ladders.

  • April 18, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Live-in Library « facile flair - [...] {images via fancyhouseroad} [...]

  • November 13, 2011 - 10:27 pm - Love the library photos you’ve chosen. Mine is in a state of functional limbo, as I wait to save more money for crown mouldings and a really nice chair. But that first photo of yours is the model for me, definitely. Cheers.

  • November 15, 2011 - 9:36 am

    camberley - Hi Mark-

    Thanks for your kind comment. There is something so cozy/comforting about a library (especially libraries with crown molding and big chairs). I’d love to see how your library comes together (someday). ;)


  • April 4, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Elena Aleksandra - What a beautiful post and blog you have Camberley! So glad to connect to you and learn from you! Your girls are adorable! Greetings from Chicago! Elena Aleksandra

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