Hyderabad: Reading a book, while at home is a great stress-buster. Home libraries have become an important part of most households today. A personal home library can be a sacred space that combines relaxation with personal learning. It should be designed as an oasis, an escape from our hectic daily lives.
As books are much more than just a hobby, they should be displayed and celebrated in home libraries that are as beautiful as every other room. If you’re looking to create a shrine to the written word for your own home here are a few tips.
The most important part of any library is the bookshelves. While the inexpensive laminate bookcases are easily available in the market, you can also go for the assortment of sturdy wooden bookcases, that will give the library an antique look. Turning a collection of crates into a wall of bookcases if you secure them to each other and the wall is another option.
Make sure that you have a comfortable desk and chair to sit and read. You can also go for a small couch you can sink in while reading.
Good lighting is very crucial for a home library. If your ceiling is set up for a hard-wired fixture, consider installing a chandelier and a wall dimmer switch. You can also light your bookcases with puck lights on the ceiling of the upper shelves, or install downlights along the tops of your bookcases.
A home library should feel hushed, cozy and restful. Thus, choosing the right colour for the room – wall and furniture – is an imperative task. Try to avoid very bright colours and go for hues such as yellow gold, pumpkin, warm berry, or olive green. These colours are warm and can provide a cozy corner for you so curl up with your favourite novel.
Lastly, do not forget to give your library an artistic touch. Give your space a little extra personality by adding some art to the mix. You can decorate the space with paintings or small sculptures.
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