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.
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.
SPG Architects’ Pawling House in Pawling, N.Y., features an open, loft-like living space with soaring ceilings. The library, on the house’s lower level, uses the same soft palette as the rest of the house — polished concrete, steel columns and neutral walls — with a pop of color in the built-in bookcases.
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.
The table in this library is nestled between two book shelves. The steel doors allow in light to the space, which gives homeowners the perfect place to read. This space could also serve as a conference table or an elegant, unorthodox space to have an intimate dinner party.
Modern Library Concealed by Barn Doors to Create a Reading Nook
Just off the living room a library beckons. With cozy furniture and plenty of natural light, this space is perfect for enjoying a book. With new, modern barn doors, the library space can be closed off to create a private reading nook or they can be left open to incorporate the library into the entertaining space.