Period details abound in this two-story, wood-paneled library, part of a 3.5-acre Mediterranean-style estate located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Known as The Beverly House, the property was designed by Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1927. In this library, the design of the sculpted, cathedral-height ceiling mirrors the pattern of the custom carpet underfoot. Carved panels lend architectural detail and visual interest to every inch of the massive space, while warm wood tones, a crackling fireplace and accent lighting lend coziness and warmth.
This cozy space doubles as a library and sitting room. A unique ottoman concept -- upholstered benches matching the sofa -- add fun coordination and ultimate comfort. The blue tones draw out accents in the Oriental-style rug creating a well-composed feeling to the space.
Bookshelves fill an entire wall in this light-filled, contemporary study with eclectic accents. A pair of cowhide Wassily-style armchairs form a cozy seating nook that's lit for reading by a single pendant. White walls make the art pop, creating a gallery effect.
This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
This Craftsman style waterfront home in Washington state is just as beautiful on the inside. The home library features plenty of space for relaxing, reading, and browsing the expansive catalog by using the wooden rolling ladder.
Beyond the bar is a library with a 12-foot ceiling featuring two belt-driven ceiling fans. Wood built-in bookcases provide storage and display space, and chic white chairs add an unexpected jolt of modern style.
The two-story paneled library mixes traditional and modern styles. Dark brown walls are paired with classic bookcases, filled with the homeowners' collection. Centered in the room is a long rustic table and contemporary wire-and-leather chairs, creating a great spot for homework and research, while cozy chairs by the bay window make for the perfect reading area.
This eclectic living space is artfully designed with modern and Art Deco elements. Gold accents stand out against the modern and traditional furniture pieces to create a glamorous room with up-to-date style. The wallpaper is a playful nod to old-school library design and adds a fun, whimsical touch.
When the homeowners went to renovate their 1980s home, they knew they wanted a sophisticated style that was a little more casual and up-to-date, so designers transformed the outdated library into a beautiful, contemporary-chic great room for the family. Designers worked with a local wood company to refinish the entire space, stripping the original stain and bleaching the wood to achieve a stylish "greige" stain on the walls and ceiling beams. To maintain the room's grand feel, designer chose to keep and update the gallery, which also adds height to the room. Finally, the marble clad and antique mirror fireplace surround helps to break up the wood paneled walls and the home's original handrail, comprised of brass and iron, was modified to meet modern safety codes and standards.
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.