“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ―
From the smallest of nooks to the grandest of rooms – the humble home library holds a special place in many people’s hearts. To celebrate our love of books, we’ve pulled together 22 of the best home libraries to inspire – practical or unobtainable, we don’t care!
1.The Indoor/Outdoor Library
The alfresco has had it’s day – now it’s all about the indoor/outdoor library! Nothing says peaceful like a roomful of books, beautiful greenery combined and soft, patterned rugs.
2. The Attic Library
Make the most of that wasted space upstairs, and build your very own library nook at the top of the stairs. We especially love that skylight to bring in some lovely, natural light!
3. The Sophisticated Library
A touch of green is all you need! Match your booksheves with your wall for a sophisticated look that will never go out of style.
4. The Space-Saver Library
Don’t have space for a home library? This is a great solution! Make the most of the space around your doorways and turn them into your very own, unique bookshelves.
5. The OCD Library
If your bookshelves are feeling a little plain, try rearranging your books instead! Group them in blocks of colour for a look that will really pop!
6. The Quirky Library
Feel like something a bit different? Chose daring (but complimentary) colours like blue and orange to really make a statement! We love that window alcove too!
7. The Outdoor Library
This incredible outdoor library was built in place of an old, dilapidated shed. Imagine reading out in the sunshine, right in your own backyard!
8. The Community Library
Growing in popularity is the Community Library. If you see a book you love, feel free to take it! By that same token, if you own a book you no longer want, or think it needs to be shared with the world, drop it off and let it have a second lease on life with a new owner.
9. The Professional Library
Comfy armchairs, timeber shelves and a strong desk – you really are a professional, aren’t you!
10. The Gothic Library
Okay, this one isn’t strictly a home library, but we love the architecture on show here!
11. The Modern Library
Strong clean and straight lines, bold blacks and whites and a pot plant to top it off – this is the perfect modern library!
12. The Obsessed Library
If you’re the kind of person who think those eight hours a night sleeping could be better spent reading, this is the library for you.
13. The Classic Library
Big white bookshelves and a whole lot of books – sometimes, you don’t need anything else!
14. The Low-Line Library
If full-length bookshelves are not your style, try low-line variations instead. The best part is there is plenty of space on top to display your art or other trinkets for a cosy, homey feel.
15. The Stylish Library
Pulled straight out of a magazine, this white on white design offers a stylish solution for your books.
16. The Timber Library
Nothing says sophistication quite like a rich, dark wood library. Clean and elegant, it is always a winner.
17. The Inviting Library
Keep it simple (and non-intimidating!) with a comfy chair, a couple of shelves and a whole lot of love!
18. The Unique Library
Stack your books in style! While not the most efficient means of storage, you have to admit, it looks good.
19. The Nook
If you are a little low on space, a library nook is the perfect solution. Create your own comfy day seat with a few pillows and throws, stack your shelves high and enjoy!
20. The Staircase Library
Make the most of the under the stairs space and turn it into your very own bookshelf!
21 The Cosy Library
A deep blue offers a sense of calm to any room – in particular a library! If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace too – what perfection!\
22. The Secret Passage
I mean, why not?