A Contemporary Home Library: The Design Essentials
When deciding on what furniture to include, we recommend taking a minimalist approach to ensure that the space remains sleek and luxurious.
A distinct chill is in the air and the daylight hours are starting to dwindle; it’s time to curl up under the covers armed with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Books can be an incredible source of comfort and nostalgia, with sand filled pages evoking memories of summer holidays and beautifully crafted stories transporting you far away from the cold Melbourne Winter.
As your collection expands from dog-eared favourites to the year’s best sellers and well-loved classics, knowing how to store and organise your books can pose a challenge. Whether it’s a dedicated room or simply a nook carved out of a stair landing, we’ve put together our top recommendations for creating a contemporary home library.
When deciding on what furniture to include, we recommend taking a minimalist approach to ensure that the space remains sleek and luxurious. Stick to light woods and white fixtures. Opting for built-in shelves over individual units will add cohesion and provide a strong starting point for any personal styling decisions. If space allows, include a comfortable seating option and table for displaying larger coffee table books. When it comes to lighting, a statement floor lamp will add drama and ensure your reading area is well lit. Ambient lighting options in the form of dimmer switches or spot lighting on the shelves will enhance the mood of the space and add a sense of warmth and comfort (two crucial elements in any reading nook).
“Once the design elements are in place, all that is left to do is slowly build your collection and get reading.”
Books are beautiful things and your home library should embrace this by ensuring that your shelves are aesthetically balanced. Clustering books of a similar size and colour will help to create visually appealing patterns and uniformity. Breaking up the colourful mix of book spines with simple feature shelves showcasing ornaments and decorative pieces such as small sculptures, bowls, candles or natural elements will provide quiet moments of visual relief.
Once the design elements are in place, all that is left to do is slowly build your collection and get reading. If you’re looking for your next read, we recommend picking up The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Dense and clever, the intriguing characters and air of mystery will keep you captivated. If you prefer autobiographies, our top pick from last year has got to be When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Fair warning, this book will move you to tears but it is an important and beautifully honest read.