We’ve had our old living room couch sitting in the dinning room/library for like two weeks now. It needs to go. If you’re in the QC area and want a brown couch, get at me!
But I digress.
Our dinning room also happens to be where we have placed our home library. We have two very large book shelves full of books! We are so lucky to have such a great collection of books, and even more lucky come posting season when we don’t have to move them ourselves. We have my grandfather’s collection of military history books, as well as the general Canadian history books, which coupled with our own collections and a smattering of fiction, makes for a very complete and interesting set of books. Surely a collection this big and nice needs to be displayed? Correct.
The reason we chose to put the library in the dinning room is on the one hand, an issue of space, and on the other hand, a question of the drama that home libraries bring to a space.
Our dinning room has the longest continuous wall in the house. Rather than split up the book cases to “book end” the room, we wanted to unite them on the same wall and have books for days. I’m saving the photos of the dinning room reveal for as soon as the couch is out of the dinning room.
In the meantime though, I thought I’d share some pictures of my favourite home libraries as found on Pinterest. We’ve drawn some of our own style elements from spaces like these, while others are just beautiful.
I love the simplicity of the design in this picture of a dining room turned beautiful Home Office by Emily A Clark. It’s a bookshelf with a desk. The desk could easily become a dinning room table, and then add a buffet and voila! our dinning room. The colours accent each other beautifully, and the large pendant light fixture is stunning.
This space by Design by Katie is one of my favourites. I love a good purpley/blue, and the brass over-hanging lamps are the perfect touch.The brown leather bound tomes provide a beautiful pick-up for other leather pieces in the room, while the knick knacks on the shelves add touches of personality to an otherwise formal space.
Again with the built-ins with brass over-hanging lamps. The dark green is another great option if you want to go for a space with drama.
I would love to have a library in a room with high enough ceilings for a ladder! ah! The cube as opposed to rectangle shelf has it’s pluses as well as its drawbacks. Although we currently have the Ikea cube system, I will be moving us away from it in the next house.
My current favourite home library is from fellow Home Decor Blogger The Makerista.
To me, this look feels the most accessible for people with home libraries. Especially for those of us in military housing! The options for home libraries are slim, and I think most people could build and style their own space similarly to this.
The best part about home libraries is all the shelf space. Throughout our lives we have acquired various knick knacks and baubles that mean a lot to us. Whether we simply find them pretty and interesting, or they come from family three generations ago. The library shelves are the perfect place to display them. If you’re looking for some Home Library inspiration, check out my Pinterest board here.
While I decide on who to give our old couch to, I leave you with this! Hopefully we’ll have a new room reveal on the blog this weekend.
Do you have a home library?