Here, There, and Everywhere: Walls of Books in Every Room of the House

Here, There, and Everywhere: Walls of Books in Every Room of the House

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 21, 2014
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It's no secret that here at Apartment Therapy, we're big book lovers. Books have the power to make you laugh, make you cry, transport you to distant lands... and they make pretty great decor, as well. If you've run out of room for your books in the library or office (or don't have a library or office), here are a few more ideas for places to stash all those volumes.

Spotted on Work in Progress.
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Books in the bathroom.
Pictured above is writer Michael Cunningham's bathroom library, spotted on Work in Progress. This would make reading the in the tub awfully convenient... provided you don't splash too much, of course.

Fashion designer Minnie Mortimer's apartment, featured on Vogue.
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Books in the dining room.
I think dining room + library is an especially good combination: a lot of American homes have formal dining rooms that don't really get used, so why not turn the dining room into the library you've always dreamed of? You can still have dinner parties there when the whim strikes.

From Skona Hem.
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Books in the kitchen.
A bookshelf in the kitchen is a great place to stash cookbooks... and a great place to search for a little reading while waiting for the kettle to boil.

From House Beautiful, via Arkpad.
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Books in the living room.
Sure, books in the living room isn't all that unusual... but why not cover a whole wall (or multiple walls) with some wall-mounted bookshelves, to give your home a cozy library feel?

A 17th century home from Period Living.
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Books in the bedroom.
If you're an avid reader, chances are you do a lot of reading in bed, so this just makes sense. Plus you'll sleep that much better surrounded by all those lovely spines.

The hallway of a Spanish apartment from Dezeen.
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Books in the hallway.
If your hallway is wide enough, this is a great place for a few extra shelves. It's almost as good as having a dedicated library.

Spotted on Alvhem.
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Books in the powder room.
If your guests spend a while on the can, you'll know why.

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