Cre­ate a re­lax­ing home li­brary!

Tehran Times - - LIFE - (Source: freshome.com)

Do you love to read and have a col­lec­tion of books that can fit in a room by them­selves? Are you an avid fan of re­lax­ing in a quiet space, just to get away from the world and delve into a good piece of lit­er­a­ture? Home li­braries have al­ways been a room in the home that was con­sid­ered to be an ex­tra, as op­posed to the norm.

Choose where it will be lo­cated: De­pend­ing on your home lay­out, and how much space you have, choose an area that isn’t loud and heav­ily traf­ficked. A room is ideal that has doors, al­though a cor­ner of a quiet den or guest bed­room will work well too!

De­ter­mine how many books you have: For some, the li­brary should be able to hold all the books they own, while oth­ers want a li­brary for the peace­ful set­ting. As­sess your stor­age needs and de­cide if book­shelves from floor to ceil­ing are nec­es­sary. If you have a smaller col­lec­tion, con­sider us­ing open shelv­ing for a mod­ern dé­cor touch.

Choose col­ors: Li­braries in the past were filled with dark browns, rich bur­gundy and hunter greens. In to­day’s home li­braries the home owner can have a light and bright li­brary or a deep col­ored tra­di­tional style dé­cor. Choose col­ors that rep­re­sent you, and help you and your fam­ily re­lax in the space.

Lay­out a fur­ni­ture plan: All li­braries re­quire a great place to sit. Based on your space, de­ter­mine how many chairs, sofa, ta­ble and lamps can fit com­fort­ably. If the li­brary is only for a few peo­ple, a few over­sized chairs could be per­fect. En­sure a small side ta­ble and light­ing can sit ad­ja­cent to your seat­ing.

In­stall proper light­ing: Light­ing is cru­cial in a li­brary. In the day­time, nat­u­ral light may be suf­fi­cient for read­ing. In the evening, side ta­ble lamps, over head light­ing and ac­cent light­ing may be re­quired for art­work dis­played on the walls. Con­sider adding a dim­mer to over­head light­ing to make the room ver­sa­tile for play­ing board games to snug­gling up with a book and hot choco­late. Go ver­ti­cal for op­ti­mum space sav­ing: If space is lim­ited, use the full height of the wall for stor­age and dis­play of books. Don’t for­get to use over door­ways as a bonus area for stor­age too!

Home li­braries are not only for an en­thu­si­ast of books. One can use a home li­brary for re­lax­ing and stim­u­la­tion of the mind. Few rooms in the house can you be cat­a­pulted to dif­fer­ent dis­cov­er­ies just by open­ing up a book, or lay­ing back and clos­ing your eyes. En­joy your home li­brary with these 10 tips to guide you.

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