1. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold
If an old, stuffy library décor doesn’t sound like something you’d particularly enjoy, consider going bold instead. Paint the bookcases in your library a bold color like black (opt for a lacquered finish to really make a statement) and accent the shelves with metallic pieces for a dramatic effect. The boldness of the room will make you want to spend every waking moment there.
2. Give Existing Bookcases a Facelift
If you already have bookcases in your library, consider giving them a facelift rather than replacing them. Take out a few or all of the shelves and build a custom insert to liven up the space. If you aren’t the DIY type, hire a cabinet maker to build the insert for you. Once complete, apply a fresh coat of paint in your favorite bold color to bring a new, exciting look to an old library bookcase.
3. Turn Any Space into Your Library
Do you have a spare bedroom that isn’t used for anything? What about your basement? Does it simply collect things you don’t use? Why not turn one of these spaces into a library you can’t wait to spend time in?
Start by getting your cabinet maker to create a bookcase that fits the room and your personality to a T. Think about shelving that’s unique and colors that make you feel good. As you’re decorating the space, don’t forget to add personal touches like knick-knacks and the like to make the room your own.
Just because it’s easy to read books on digital devices doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a library to read and work in at home. Use the tips above to create an inspiring, relaxing home library in any room.