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Get the Look: Timeless Library

Whether it's thanks to the books, the sense of history, or the quiet environs, I've always found libraries one of the most comforting interior spaces I've ever inhabited. Give me any library, I'm not picky — it could be a university library, my neighborhood public library, or the library room at an older friend's grand home — I'm happy to just sit in a big, comfy chair among books.

To create your own timeless library look, start with the most important element — books! You may want to add some built-in shelves, or secure book shelves to the walls of the room. Add a worn, elegant Persian rug, some overstuffed library chairs, and a substantial, preferably antique table, and you're getting closer to realizing this look.

To see some other ideas I have for making this look your own,

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A chandelier is always a nice touch, even if it's simply a candle chandelier, such as the one in the photo. Don't forget to add some foliage plants, whose oxygen production will help to stimulate your noggin. Potted palms or orchids are both solid choices. I also love the look of maps in libraries, whether they're in globe or flat form — it's a nice reference tool for any historical or geographical-based texts you may be reading. Throw in some beautiful paintings, and an eyecatching throw pillow or two, and you have the makings of a beautiful, comfortable, and timeless library.

Jayson Home & Garden at ShopStyle

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kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Oh I love libraries so much! I love reading and I can't wait to have one ... some day!
yadiet yadiet 9 years
I always tell my hubby to be. The day I finish my MA and we purchase our first home that it must have a library... I love books. Its rolls and rolls of bliss.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
This is lovely.
Rug-Rag Rug-Rag 9 years
Great entry! There's nothing like an Oriental Carpet to really make a home library feel comfy! We just did a follow up on Rug Rag: http://www.rugrag.com/post/Library-Carpets-Persian-Rugs-Make-Your-Home-Library-a-Comfortable-Space!.aspx Please feel free to contact us with comments!
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
...I just added a large row of billy bookcases (with the extensions to make them taller) to my office for the "library feel". I am still working on finishing it up, but will post on su casa for sure!
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
This is my dream, too! Right down to the round wood table with one pedestal leg, and the multi-paned glass doors! Love love love!!!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I love this! I need to work on making my "library" (aka spare room with some bookshelves) more like this.
lorioz lorioz 9 years
This room is gorgeous! I would love to have one!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
It is my dream to have my own library! The next house we buy will have one for sure. This is really nice!
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