Blood orange shelving creates an electric energy in this modern library. A gray sectional and ottoman help counterbalance the dramatic hue, and a patterned black and white rug adds movement to the space.
A mustard yellow couch sits centered in front of large windows in the midcentury modern home library. Stylish wood panels the ceiling, mimicking the warm wood floor below. Books line the walls framing the window, filling the custom floor-to-ceiling shelving and adding a sense of coziness to the space.
This may look like an elegant library in a private club or grand Newport mansion, but it’s actually an addition to a one-story, Mediterranean-style home in a small California town, added on where other people might have built a garage or game room. Patterned after a library in an Austrian monastery, the room was built to hold the homeowner’s thousands of volumes, as well as emphasize family commitment to literature and education, creating a reading respite and escape from a high-tech, digital world.
In this five-story Boston townhouse, a traditional living room features floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for housing the homeowners' many books. Four sloped chairs with nailhead trim make for a cozy reading spot or intimate conversations. The graphic area rug brings a touch of contemporary to the room.
Victorian, Wood Library With Statement Furniture and Full-Wall Windows
This library offers ample display for an impressive collection of books and fine art. A grand, Victorian desk has a stately presence looking toward a full-windowed wall and cozy lounge chair. A lampshade chandelier compliments the sophisticated style of the room and casts a warm glow matching the bookshelf lighting.
Sophisticated Library With Silver Sunburst Mirror and Custom Nailhead Trim Table
This corner is accented by a custom upholstered table and sparkling accessories. The silver mirror, lamp base and candelabra shine against the soft gray palette. The ottoman is stored under the table until it is needed.
Even in a large industrial space with brick walls, it is possible to create a cozy reading area using modern furniture. This library corner features an upholstered midcentury modern chair with whimsical side table, bringing some warmth to this modern space.
To give this space an extravagant feel, designers chose dark wood for the bookshelves and filled those shelves with first additions and other collectors' items. For the furnishings, a leather couch and chair sit just below the shelves, and creating an exotic vibe, a zebra-skin rug, completing the lavish library.
A curated collection of books arranged in a matching color scheme make this small reading nook cohesive. "Books are interesting" as a design feature, stresses Boyd. "It's kind of like a window into the house" and the taste and interests of the owner.
A library by Dutch-born designer Martin Kobus was inspired by the use of an original Rembrandt. His firm installed crisp white plaster work on the ceilings in between the beams and on the upper walls, then stained the wood paneling a rich dark espresso.