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Home Libraries: Interiors Inspiration

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Beautiful inspiration for book lovers

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A dedicated room for reading, displaying and re-arranging books is every bibliophile’s dream. If you’re wondering how best to store your own volumes, let these enchanting home libraries – created by some of the UK’s top interior designers – provide some inspiration. Looking to fill patchy shelves? Why not check out some of team C&TH’s favourite novels, our pick of long books to get stuck into or some of the world’s most romantic reads

The Home Library Edit

 

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  • Gavin Houghton interior design

    This dramatic living space by Gavin Houghton Interior Design breathes new life into the retro talking pit – it would be the perfect spot to curl up with your favourite novel.

  • Heal's

    Darker shades create a more intimate, enveloping space – ideal for losing yourself in a book. Image and armchair by Heal’s

  • Sigmar

    This stunning wall of books, courtesy of Swedish designer Ebba Thott of Sigmar, also works as a divider between living room and library.

  • Ben Pentreath

    An elegant books corner in a living room by Ben Pentreath

  • Broosk Saib

    A library in the loo? Considering the amount of time we spend in there, it isn’t too crazy an idea. Adding a bookshelf – as seen here by interior designer and self-confessed library obsessive Broosk Saib – is a great way to get creative in a small guest bathroom.

  • Natalia Miyar

    Cosy reading nook with chaise lounges by Natalia Miyar Atelier

  • Salvesen Graham living room

    If you’re all about the aesthetic (and know exactly what titles you have) colour-coding can be a great look. Painting the inside of the shelves a darker colour – like in this elegant living room by design duo Salvesen Graham – creates depth and interest.

  • Bowood

    Adding a cushioned fender to your fireplace creates extra seating space for when you want to read around the hearth in the winter months, as in this cosy library.

    Image: Bowood House Hotel & Spa

  • NICOLA HARDING & CO

    A beautiful blue dining room by Nicola Harding & Co. doubles as a striking space to house a huge collection of books.

  • Farr House Inverness

    An old-school home library – think tartan blankets and leather – is wonderfully inviting when grouped around the fireplace.

    Image: Farr House, on the Farr Estate in Inverness

  • Tim Gosling dining room

    Displaying books in a traditional library style provides a unique and striking backdrop for a formal dining room. Interior by Tim Gosling

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