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
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.
Darker shades create a more intimate, enveloping space – ideal for losing yourself in a book.
Image and armchair by Heal’s
This stunning wall of books, courtesy of Swedish designer Ebba Thott of
Sigmar, also works as a divider between living room and library.
An elegant books corner in a living room by
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.
Cosy reading nook with chaise lounges by
Natalia Miyar Atelier
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.
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.
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
Displaying books in a traditional library style provides a unique and striking backdrop for a formal dining room.
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