The traditional library has changed dramatically over the past centuries. Formerly relegated to the private apartments of the nobility, where expensive books sat on shelves of mahogany amid velvet curtains, today owning books and displaying them in your home has become much more common. The library is a place of fun and relaxation that welcomes both classics of literature and those thrillers that keep us spellbound for hours. The library has become an intimate, comfortable and cosy space, a little escape within the home. Today on homify we look at some examples of home libraries.
In this apartment in Antwerp, the designer wanted to associate music and reading in a library where creativity in all its forms would be highlighted. The shelves that cover two sections of wall are inspired by industrial design. The wood and metal structure hold books, while the window welcomes readers over to the lounge area, and a guitar invites musical creativity. The fireplace provides warmth and hospitality to the space.
For fans of more traditional design, this space is a magnificent setting for reading. The wall disappears completely behind a library of noble wood. The two velvet armchairs contribute to a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. In addition, owners can listen to music through the hi-fi equipment, housed in an elegant piece of furniture also made of wood. A room for relaxation and refined pleasure!
This living room is particularly unique due to its mezzanine library, which occupies two floors of the house. All books are accessible by the stairs. In addition to being functional, the library contributes to the style of the room: the black metal of the shelves and stairs contrast with the dominant white colour of the remaining space. No monotony here with this library! Finally, by rising to the ceiling, the library contributes to a feeling of space. This is definitely a very spectacular room, but as we can see in this picture, it is also comfortable.
For those who love reading and relaxing, this charming room is perfect. The classic, intimate elegance of the mahogany bookcase meets more modern pieces like the coffee tables and sofa inspired by Scandinavian design while the original chandelier hangs over all elements. The matching cushions bring comfort as the gray carpet with geometric motifs warms the space to create a really welcoming atmosphere.
In this room, the space is lit by outside light from the garden, and the shelves are built into the wall to showcase the books themselves. Here, we can easily sit with a book, looking into the garden and letting our imagination drift. It is a nice place to read during the day, and at night the fireplace warms the room, making it perfect for relaxing in the wide gray sofas.
In some cases, minimalism is really the key, and in this example, we see a real focus on the basics: a place to sit and read. An Eames chair is placed below a sleek and simple shelf, which sits on an almost bare floor and reaches to the ceiling. The resulting space is elegant and effortlessly stylish. Books and records instinctively find their place in this uncluttered space and are ready to be picked up and enjoyed.