30 Beautiful Bookrooms
Thirty enticing settings for bookworms to luxuriate in. A library need not just be a place to store books; it can be a relaxing hideaway, a place to entertain, or a setting to inspire.
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(1) Tailored lounge chairs, an upholstered window seat and ottoman, and French grey cabinetry make this light-filled room into a cosy and alluring bookroom.
(2) A beautiful marriage of warm brown/grey and vibrant red/pinks set off this modern library-cum-dining room in a New York House.
Photos: Joshua McHugh
(3) Walls and cabinetry in a vibrant green with gold accents (not normally my cup of tea!) are a fitting backdrop for gilt-framed 19th century oils and mahogany furniture in the library of this Virginian farmhouse. The reds of traditional soft furnishings and an antique Oushak rug provide pleasing contrast. By designers Alison Martin and Jean Perin.
(4) This transitional library combines traditional cabinetry and reclaimed wood panelling, with modern furnishings to give a casual and relaxed feel. A dining table and chairs (out of shot) make this a comfortable space for entertaining.
(7) A beautiful traditional book room by California-based designer Tim Corrigan.
(10) The blue velvet tufted U-shape sofa closely matches Farrow & Ball’s deep, saturated Hague blue walls and cabinetry in this Nashville house. The tented ceiling adds to the cosy. Wouldn’t want to settle in here with a good book. Uh-uh. No way.
(13) Polished-mahogany panelling and bookshelves illuminated by attractive polished chrome sconces in this contemporary and eclectic reading room. Biedermeier chairs provide a vantage point to view the cityscape.
(14) Peacock blue-lacquered walls and cabinetry lend richness and depth to the book room in a Chicago Townhouse. The desk and coffee table are 1960s French pieces. Designer Steven Gambrel also designed the leather sofa and club chairs. The silkscreen print is by Andy Warhol. (Featured in House Beautiful, Jan 2014)
(15) A Spanish villa is the setting for this study, decorated and furnished in designer Sophie Paterson’s signature classic contemporary neutrals.
Photo: Michael Robinson
(16) Contemporary study space features sleek grey cabinetry. An eclectic mix of furnishings including an oak desk, a leather ottoman in slate grey and a Moroccan rug add texture. What a shame they forgot the books!
(17) This modern black study features a custom desk with a glass-topped display area. Light fixtures impart a soft, diffused glow.
(18) This honey-coloured oak-panelled room with a oxblood marble Pompadour fire surround provides an elegant backdrop for designer Timothy Corrigan’s richly upholstered reading-cum-living room with Louis XV fauteuils and gently pooling curtains.
(19) A contemporary library in a saturated blue features a vintage Burl wood sofa and a rattan and brass framed armchair upholstered in blue leather.
(21) Plump and cushy leather club chairs grouped around a round ottoman create a cosy and convivial atmosphere.
(22) Contemporary art and sleek upholstered furniture create an elegant transitional (ever-so-slightly-Deco) style in this mahogany-panelled book room.
Photos: Oberto Gili
(23) Designer Cesare Rovatti’s white leather sofas anchor the library in this Roman apartment. The drawing above the fireplace is by Pablo Picasso.
(24) Another green library with contrasting red accents, this lacquered wood-panelled room by Timothy Corrigan.
(25) A book room needn’t take up a whole room. This vaulted passageway is transformed into a cosy reading area.
(30) Last but not least, my absolute favourite! Traditional library by Richard Keith Langham interior design. This relaxing and elegant mid-19th century style library in ‘book room red’ is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.