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.
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.
Traditional Library with Floral Sofa and Still Life Artwork
Catherine Olasky and Maximilian P. Sinsteden with Olasky & Sinsteden used several works from artist Martin Mooney, an English oil painter fascinated with and influenced by the Dutch style of still life, in a traditional 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.
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.
In this transitional library, the designer blends a mix of rich fabrics. A blue corduroy chair sits in front of the window with a watered silk and white sheer curtain, as well as a blue fabric window shade with beads.
Country Reading Room With Full Wall Bookshelves, Leaf Patterned Window Seat and Wood Piano
White bookshelves reach to the ceiling for maximum book storage in this home library. A wonderful, unique book page light fixture is an excellent detail for this reading focused room. A window seat is padded with an orange, leaf design cushion with matching throw pillows.
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.