Have you ever dreamed of having an artfully designed home library? Whether you want long walls full of books or a simple reading nook, it’s a space for relaxation, comfort, and escape. Libraries also add sophistication and style to your home decor. Many people enjoy displaying their favorite novels and art books as conversation starters and as a form of self expression. It’s no wonder home libraries are a popular project, with readers of all ages and literary tastes.
Creating a home library is easier than you might think. Rather than laboring on built-in bookcases (something you can’t take with you if you rent!) consider multiple matching bookcases. Large wall to wall bookcases or slim wood bookcases can easily be stacked side by side. Depending on the bookshelves you select, you can achieve a modern, classic contemporary, or traditional look. Install multiple minimalist straight black bookcases to create an ultra modern space that draws the eye.
For a more vintage-inspired or shabby-chic library, try pairing matching traditional wood bookcases with one or more barrister bookcases. To make the latter library work, make sure you select a barrister bookcase (also known as a bookcase with doors) that features straight vertical sides. Many barrister bookcases have crown molding and/or turned wood feet. To best replicate a unified library look, you’ll want your plain wood bookcases to sit flush against either side of your bookcase with doors.