Ebba Thott (Sigmar) bookshelves

Home Libraries: Interiors Inspiration

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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

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The Home Library Edit


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  • This bright and breezy library is part of a London project by Kate Guinness. We love the calming shades of blue and cosy reading nook with its deep armchair and retro reading lamp.

    Photo: © James McDonald

  • Thinking of designing your own home library? Bespoke is the way forward – Christopher Peters designed this Prussian-blue Newgate bookshelf to be adjustable so that shelves can be moved around, with large cupboards underneath to provide ample storage (all the better to store more of your favourite books).

  • 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


    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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