Monday, September 4, 2017

Bedroom Libraries For Book Lovers

Who says that libraries aren’t allowed in the bedroom? If you are a book lover, why should you not be able to bask in your favorite passion.....reading? First let's get one thing straight, a bedroom is NOT intended for office work but for relaxation only. If, at the end of an exhausting day, reading becomes a relaxing routine that you do before going to bed, then by all means brush your teeth, wash your face and indulge in books at arms length right there in your own small bedroom library. 

This blog post will show you how practical and aesthetically pleasing a bedroom library can be. All bedroom styles from modern to English cozy can benefit from the addition of book shelves so enjoy the images and tips for creating one of your own.

Some people love co-existing with books and creating a literary space in their bedrooms is a perfect idea. This is especially true for a bedroom which is no longer merely functioning as a place to sleep. You can even choose to color coordinate your library.

Utilize any extra space in your bedroom and install bookcases that can hold all your books. What can beat a comfy bed, lots of blankets, and many, many books close at hand. Should your significant other be a biliophile, that is icing on the cake! If you really want to feel totally surrounded by your collection, position the bed in the center of the room like this.

This bedroom library, with fabulous French bed, looks absolutely ideal for those days when all you want to do is stay in bed and read surrounded by your favorite antiques and artwork.

Precious Moments. Mary Louise Gow (1851-1929).

The best part about having a bedroom library is that you won’t have to wander into another room looking for a good read when you are relaxed and ready to jump in bed.

To avoid seeing scattered, dust covered books on the floor of your bedroom, incorporate some kind of book case or shelving and let your collection become the focal point of your room.

House Beautiful Magazine

Be sure to keep your books well-arranged so that it won’t be hard to find what you are looking for. Providing a ladder for reaching top shelves is also a good idea. 

Atilio Baccani’s ‘Lady Reading a Book’ (1876)

There are several ways to display a book collection in your bedroom library. Having floor to ceiling bookshelves custom made to fit your bedroom is the ultimate luxury item for any book lover.

If you have the space for it, a matching set of bookshelves on either side of the bed is a good choice.    

Or you can purchase a few ready-made bookcases and anchor them to the wall.

While I think custom built ins are a wonderful way to display cherished volumes, I prefer a free standing bookcase like the one in this gorgeous French space designed by Andie Pauly.

Francois Boucher's Portrait de Madame de Pompadour (1756)

Can't you just visualize this French beauty in your bedroom library overflowing with your favorite books? I would love to make a library from several of these, all similar yet mis-matched.

Don't forget to think outside the box and make your bedroom library unique. There are so many lovely cupboards and antique shelves that can provide another wonderful way to create your bedroom literary space.

Attic bedrooms are perfect for turning into small libraries. Fill up the nooks and crannies with cupboards or shelves.

Use your books to add color and beauty to your bedroom space. It's a chance to display your prized possessions in your own relaxation place.

Albert Bartholomé, The Artist's Wife Reading, 1883

I love how this impressive personal collection of books is situated behind the twin beds in this bedroom library. The display certainly becomes a lovely backdrop and takes on the look of a large headboard.

Axel Vervoordt

Just because you have a library in your bedroom doesn't mean you HAVE to read in bed. Make sure you have a comfortable chair like this simple wingback or even a small loveseat or rocker......anything that will work well for you when it’s time to relax and immerse yourself in the pages of your book.

A home library in your bedroom will go a long way in impressing on your children how important books are.

Stephanie Stokes

You have to admit shelves of books make a bedroom look cozy. They are great accessories!

Francis John Wyburd - Portrait of a Girl in Green reading

The owner of this bedroom library has opted for a different way to display their books.....spines to the wall. If you prefer a neutral background this may work for you.


The look of a  well stocked library brings a touch of classical elegance and history to more modern bedroom styles. 

For many people, settling in with a good book is the best way to end the day. A bedroom library puts them right at your fingertips. That way, you can be more comfortable and linger in the bedroom reading.

Young Woman Reading, Samuel Melton Fisher

The great thing about the bedroom library is that it also works for people who like to display objets d'art, personal photographs, and other treasures alongside their book collection.

A great boho style bedroom library that looks to be located in Paris. I love the curved shelving and how walls of books seem to give a bedroom an intimate feel.

This image definitely presents a strong case for the bedroom library.

You might want to transform a ho-hum guest room into a sophisticated library bedroom by adding shelving on both sides of the door.

I had to include this cute guesthouse bedroom complete with well stocked book shelves.

Girl with a Book by Pietro Antonio Rotari 1707

Fooled's wallpaper. This is perfect for bookworms that want the look but are allergic to dust!!!

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