Libraries Make a Great Addition to any HomePosted by Kristine Hamilton on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 9:47am.
There are always fresh and interesting ideas that come to mind when you're planning for a room in a current or new home. But when you have ideas about how to use the space, deciding which one to use can be difficult. Why not consider adding a library? Libraries can serve a variety of purposes and add a feeling of warmth to a house. Whether you are looking to create a friendlier location to get work done at home, or a space where you can kick back and relax, a library may be just the right thing for you.
Uses For a Home Library
Something to keep in mind is that libraries are not just for reading. Think of the possibilities for the space. With the addition of a desk and comfortable seating, a library can also serve as a home office. If it can be avoided, a library should not be the room where a television is placed. Televisions can be a distraction from a space that can be used as a place for relaxation and meditation.
Creative Spaces For Books to Live
A library doesn't even need to be a full room. Look at those odd areas in your home with a more creative eye. Often, the space under a staircase is completely wasted; however, with some well placed shelving, that area can be used to house an entire collection of books. Furthermore, many homes have formal dining areas with long walls where you could install shelving. There is also often space in bedrooms and living rooms for bookshelves, and maybe a small desk. Not only will this create a small library space, but books can be visually interesting as decorations in these rooms.
Creating a High End Home Library
If you are wanting a high end library look in either a situation where you are looking at new homes or in an existing space, there are a few things you can do to get that luxurious feel. To start with, use dark, rich wood and stain for the shelves and other furniture in the room. Having a fireplace with cozy seating around it helps warm up the space both visually and physically. Chandeliers hanging from the center of the room create ambiance, as do large, wing back chairs. An oversized desk in the center of the room with high back chairs will make the library seem like a formal meeting space, whereas a smaller writing desk alludes to a more private, quaint work area. Any of these ideas combined together will make a library feel well put together, thought out, and incredibly lush.
Home libraries are an interesting thing to add when thinking about ways to change a current home or how to use the space in a new home. They add character and functionality to any home, and are something to keep in mind. If you are looking for a home with a great space to create a library of your own, give one of our agents a call today!
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