One the rooms I’m most excited about in the new house is our “Library”.
Jace and I were surprised when looking at houses that so many still had formal dining rooms. It’s certainly not something we would use, especially given that in most modern homes there is ample space for a table between the kitchen and living room areas. Currently we don’t even have a dining table – we eat on the sofa with our lift-top coffee table.
At first I lamented the waste of space that a formal dining room would be – but then inspiration struck. We could turn it into a library, lined with bookshelves and a comfy chair or two. Currently we have three black bookshelves from Ikea in our living room that would be the perfect start. I’ve always daydreamed of a room like this but thought it was beyond my reach.
Rainbow Library from Freshome
Grand Library from House Beautiful
The common elements that I love are the black floor-to-ceiling bookcases, simple area rugs, chandeliers, and comfy looking armchairs. The way books pop against a monochromatic color scheme is delightful. It’s the kind of thing I’ve seen so many times in movies and daydreamed about. Reading has always been a huge part of my life, so having a room that encapsulates that love is only natural.
Here is one of my inspiration boards for the room:
- ZigZag Pendant light by Access Lighting
- Anonymous paint by Behr
- Lack coffee table from Ikea
- A splash of color from plants or flowers like these Tulips
- Hanover Armchair from West Elm
- Billy corner bookcase from Ikea
- Wire Capiz Mirror from Target.com
- Alvine Trad curtains from Ikea
- Hand-tufted Grey New Zealand Wool Deco Wave Rug from Overstock.com
We plan to begin painting the weekend we close, choosing some sort of grey paint that will pop against the white trim.
I’m very excited to see how this room comes together. It will be the perfect place to curl up with a book, or just my Kindle. The Ikea corner bookcase is a definite purchase, but the rest of the room elements still have to be decided upon.
Our book collection overflows the space allocated to it now, so I’m also happy to have more room to organize them. Even with the switch to reading mostly e-books, we still enjoy purchasing nice hardcovers from authors that we love. We also get quite excited by leather-bound books, like the new set of classics that Barnes & Noble released.