Tag: library ideas

Five Ways to Level Up Your Bookshelf

There are a lot of amazing ideas out there for how to organize your bookshelves, from the controversy and the minimalism of facing your books spine in, to the confusing technicolor glory of arranging by color, I think I’m the only one still alphabetizing. However you organize your books, though, there area  few things you can add to make your shelves even prettier.

 

1. Decorative Book Ends

 

Add a splash of color to your shelves with this purple agate and gold covering. Heavy enough to hold up your hardbacks, and pretty enough to make you want to replace your simple steel ones.

 

On the other hand, if your books are colorful enough already, or you’re going for a monochrome look, try these lion book ends. Griffindor pride?

 

 

A few of these bookends can lend life and cohesion, and have a wonderful antique feel, like a library in a victorian manor.

 

 

2. Decorative Lights

 

Fairy lights are classic, and no one’s hating, but here are a few other options for bookshelf lamps, like this moon lamp. All moon lamps are good moon lamps, but this one actually hovers.

 

 

Alternatively, if space isn’t your thing, try this open book lamp for all your book viewing needs.

 

 

And it changes colors! Perfect for on top of your bookshelves or next to your books, or really anywhere you need some light in your life.

 

 

3. Antique Clocks

 

Ever lose track of time while reading? It’s caused a lot of problems for me. Avoid this foible by adding this antique clock to your bookshelf.

 

 

Sure, you could use a normal clock, but this clock makes your shelf seem like a library and not just a pile. It looks so official.

 

 

4. Bookmark Organizers

 

Bookmarks always going everywhere? Solve all of life’s problems (or like, most of them) with this book shaped caddie.

 

 

I know there’s shelf controversy, but how do we sort our bookmarks? Discuss.

 

 

5. Globes

 

A globe is great if you need to fill some space on top of shelves, or if your bookshelves are absolutely massive. Plus, and you might be sensing a theme, this one looks antique and fun.

 

Deco 79 Traditional Wood, Metal, and Plastic Decorative Globe, 14''H,9''W, Multicolored Finish

 

This globe will make you look WISE. Worldly. Plus if you forget which countries are adjacent to which, there’s your answer.

 

 

Images via Amazon 

 

 

Featured image via Quizzeria

Seven Inspiring Home Libraries

Do your elaborate fantasies all center around the ornate home library you’ll someday build? Do you need some inspo? We’ve got your back, because we’ve been thinking about the same thing basically non-stop. It’s our only dream. Here are some good photos to get you hype.

1. Traditional

Traditional Reading Space

Image via Trendir

 

Do you have a spiral staircase? Someone must. Take advantage by making your home library look like an Austin novel with wood paneling, bare windows, and some varyingly aesthetic antique furniture. Perfect for taking a turn about the room—or the stacks.

 

 

2. Modern

Modern Reading Space
Image via The Spruce

 

Your style more modern? Those chairs look perfect for a long book melt, and the ladder is a great take on classic library design. Plus all your art books will pop against the white shelving. Just be sure not to spill your tea on anything.

 

 

3. Minimalist

Minimalist Reading Space
Image via Trendir

 

Keep it simple and straightforward with shelves and a seating arrangement. The antique, almost industrial windows don’t hurt, adding some sparse flare. This one is easy to achieve, since all you have to do is get rid of most of the furniture.

 

 

4. For Two-Story Spaces

Two Story Reading Space
Omage via Luxe Daily

 

One level simply not enough for your enormous collection? #goals. This walkway looks almost like a fire escape, and between that and the variously glossy greys on the first floor, this whole room evokes a kind of urban elegance, even with trees out the window.

 

 

5. For Small Spaces

Small Reading Space
Image via Bustle

 

Sometimes you’ve not got a huge room to dedicate to your library, but don’t let that slow you down. This reading nook is perfect for compact spaces, taking advantage of storage under the seating, and making the chaise a feature so it hardly matters the ceiling is so low.

 

 

6. For Houses

 Reading Space for Houses
Image via Design Sponge

 

Have a room for your library that you also need to function? This is the perfect blend of library and sitting room, emphasizing comfort, books, and the outdoors, it’s an effective mixed use space that also makes room for what’s important—books.

 

 

7. For Apartments

    Apartment Reading Space
Image via Pintrest

 

You don’t have to have grand windows and big empty spaces to make a modern home library. Even if your apartment is underground, a bunch of soft lights and plush details can make a cozy and stylish reading feature just as well as any other style.

 

 

Featured image via Trendir