Restful Repositories: 10 Charming Home Libraries

Restful Repositories: 10 Charming Home Libraries

Sarah Dobbins
Feb 20, 2012

There's nothing quite like a wall of books; a home library represents hours of reading, years of collecting, and possibly decades of curating personal interests. With the rising popularity of e-readers, some might consider book collections and home libraries a dying element of the home, but we'd like to think the art of developing a home anthology is alive and well — and flourishing! Read on to see ten divine collections of books in the home and the artful way they are displayed.

1. This enchanting library also doubles as a guest room, and houses botanical prints, artifacts from world travels, and a modest book collection.

2. These shelves take advantage of the top half of a tall ceiling, keeping books safe in an organized and attractive way.

3. Julianne Moore's home office and library is a cheerful, light place to read or study — and word has it that she designed this room herself!

4. These well-lit shelves are both beautiful and functional, and the adjacent big table is a perfect place to work or study.

5. While hanging artwork over books might not be the most practical solution for often-used volumes, the look is unique and adds lots of visual interest to these bookshelves.

6. A broken-in leather couch, a comfy ottoman, and lots of natural light make this media room into a great little retreat.

7. Floor to ceiling bookshelves cozy up this home library, which is adjacent to the bright, cheery kitchen.

8. Corner bookshelves house an impressive array of books, and inject a burst of color into the otherwise white room.

9. Architect Simon Jacobsen transformed his living room into an office/library with tall "egg-cratelike" shelving.

10. Diane Keaton's library is in her entrance hall, and is filled with books, artifacts, and other pieces related to the visual arts; designed by Stephen Shadley, the room "sets the mood for the house."

Dark (But Definitely Not Dreary) Home Libraries
Lived-In Libraries
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Style Envy: Not Your Average Bookshelves

(Images: 1. New York Social Diary, 2. Better Living Through Design, 3. Decoholic, 4. Indulgy, 5. The 20x200 collection from West Elm, seen on Simply Stated, 6. Savvy Home, 7. Dwell Lovely, 8. LeSueur Interiors, 9. Architectural Digest, 10. Architectural Digest

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