While e-books and the Internet are clearly here to stay, it doesn’t mean home libraries, or library-style features in rooms, are leaving any time soon. My husband and I have finally agreed to and embarked upon the first of our home renovations. Part of that is turning the “rec room” into a library and office for the both of us.
We decided to go with a bold color, which you will get to see in the season finale next month. Create your own inspiring place to read and work with these three tips.
Choose a bold color for bookcases
I typically stay away from staining and wood finishes. Fortune favors the bold, and I believe a dark color can really enliven a dreary, stuffy library design, turning it from boring to brilliant in one step.
I love the drama of a high-gloss lacquer, too — particularly with metallic accents added. This is a great way to update a traditional library and create someplace you will want to hang out in all the time.
Customize existing bookcases
In one instance, I used small built-in cases, removed the shelves and had a custom insert built in with a beautiful hexagon pattern. This really updated the boring old shelves.
You can achieve a similar look by removing some or all of your shelving and having a cabinet maker add a little zing to what is already there. A fresh paint job will complete the update. This is a fairly economical way to give you whole library a facelift.
Create customized bookcases in any room
This is a way to utilize a spare bedroom that never gets used, or a basement that has seen better days. Create a custom bookcase with your cabinet maker and find a design that really suits you.
For example, in one project I had the cabinet maker create a “running bond” pattern — similar to what you see with subway tile — to create a pleasing yet simple pattern.
Another time I created a a bookcase with all square, rather than the standard rectangular, openings. In the center I created an opening that allowed us to add a vase and decorative items. Whatever pattern you choose will make the space truly your own.
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