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15 Home Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read a Book

By: Sarah Beaumont

August 9, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cracking open the pages of a brand new book. Nothing that is, except finishing one. If you’re anything like us, the month of August has you scrambling to complete your summer reading list. But don’t worry — we have just the dose of encouragement you need. From stacks of books that climb from floor-to-ceiling to cozy corners ideal for a rainy day reading sesh, we’ve found fifteen dreamy home libraries that will inspire you to pick up a book (and maybe even create a library of your own!).

Glossy Pages

In this modern, light-filled office space, books cover table tops and line an expansive set of perfectly styled shelves. Both sleek and comfortable, there’s no denying the draw of this reading room.

Retro Reads

Whether you prefer your vintage book collection with flea market furnishings or pieces that radiate with retro glamour, these book-filled spaces boast an awful lot of artful charm.

The Writing’s On the Wall

Don’t have an entire room to devote to your reading materials? Turn an empty hallway or stairwell into a book-lover’s dream with shelves that embolden the walls with words.

Reading Rainbow
This contemporary living room is equipped with masculine geometric chairs, a brown area rug, and an enormous bookshelf of colorful reads.

via Atria

Though hard, geometric chairs don’t always make for the best reading nooks, we’ll make an exception for this contemporary, color-filled space. Just look at the light shining off of those brightly-toned book ends. Sigh.

Lofty Tales

You know that feeling when you have so many books, you need a ladder and a walkway to reach them all? No? Unfortunately, we don’t either, but the loft space on the left is definitely what library dreams are made of. On the right, a comfy, contemporary room is completed by a pair of egg chairs — ideal for curling up in with your favorite work of fiction.

History Books

This traditional library is beaming with historical style. Ornate, built-in shelving provides ample space for books and artwork. We can only imagine what kind of literary treasures we might find in these shelves.

Eclectic Education

Nothing goes better with worldly style than an eclectic array of literature. We assume these book collections are just as colorful as the rooms they live in.

Studied Simplicity

Take a cue from the simple space on the left and use decor sparingly while allowing your books to steal the show. Or, opt for a monochromatic look and turn the spines of your novels inward.

The Fine Print

At last, there’s nothing like sitting in front of a roaring fire with a good read. Especially if you have a nice view of the outdoors and an Eames chair to lounge in.



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