With our reliance on modern technology, a home library may seem like an interior design element that is a thing of the past. That doesn’t mean you can’t create a cozy nook that invites a reader to curl up and enjoy a space dedicated to reading Luckily, a modern library is easy to incorporate into a contemporary living space.
Designing the Contemporary Home Library
Forget the idea of a dark-paneled room with leather armchair and fireplace, lined in bulging shelves. In fact, forget the idea of transforming an entire room. Today’s cozy modern library is more often a corner of a room – any room, even the kitchen – or placed along a single wall.
The most important thing (outside of your reading material) is an abundance of light, both natural and artificial. Near a window is ideal; when darkness falls opt for a lamp that is easy to position, such as the Dome Boom Arm Lamp. http://lawrance.com/product/accessories/lighting/dome-boom-arm-lamp/
Secondly, seating is key to making the space comfortable and usable. A multi-position recliner, buttery soft leather sofa or cushioned window seat with a multitude of pillows are all excellent options. A truly contemporary option is this Sylvester Chaise Lounge. http://lawrance.com/product/living-room/chairs-leather/sylvester-chaise-lounge/
What else might you include in your library? A TV, magazine rack, basket for current reads, stereo/speaker system or ottoman could all be incorporated. A nicely-sized table such as this Chesapeake end table provides a place to put a beverage and a drawer to stow your reading glasses. The idea is to make the space comfortable for you; a space that invites you to put up your feet and get engrossed in a good book. Whatever it is that makes your library feel like a sanctuary is suitable.
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