Given a career that has me bouncing between DC and overseas, I've had a wide variety of housing in the last few years. From one bedroom apartments to three bedroom houses, the way I display my worldy goods is forced to expand and contract depending on the space. Though I grew up with a bedroom full of bookcases, I have come to realize that whenever I live in a larger home with a extra space, the first thing that leaves the bedroom is a bookcase.
That moving bookcase is partly due to the desire to organize all my books in one library space, and partly due to a desire to simplify my bedroom whenever possible. When I lived in a one bedroom apartment in DC, I had bookcases in the living room, entryway and bedroom, and it never bothered me; I love my books and don't mind being surrounded by them. That said, when I learned that my current home had a bonus room, I had all the bookcases moved into that space without a moment's hesitation.
My current bedroom has a bed, two nightstands, three dressers and a chair. It also has open floor space, 5 windows, and no clutter of any kind- a far cry from that DC apartment! Though at first I was afraid the room was too sparce, I have come to realize that given the chance, I prefer a more streamlined look because it helps make the bedroom feel like a sanctuary. When I move back to DC, I'm sure I will have bookcases in the bedroom once again, but for the moment, I rather enjoy the fact that the only book in the room is the one on my nightstand.
What are your thoughts on bookcases in the bedroom? The ones in the above-pictured room from Martha Stewart Living look like a definite design feature, one that adds plenty to the style of the room, but just as often it might be simply because the bedroom is the only place in the home with room to spare. If you have bookcases in your bedroom, is it due to space constraints or a conscious design choice?
Image:Martha Stewart Living