Move over home theatre. The library is back!
- a quiet place to escape to read a book
- family television viewing area, incognito (TV hidden behind art. Shh!)
- after-hours teleconference hub, away from the sleeping family
Library deliberations started months ago with the intent of picking a colour scheme because our builders will paint the house interior before handover. I was going round in circles with too many options. Moody colours, versus bright and natural. Formal shelving including cabinets, versus informal, open shelving. Since this room is mostly for The Nice Wolf, I held him hostage with my “Library” Pinterest folder until he picked his 5 favourite pictures, focussing on the mood.
Picture sources: 1-3 Tumblr – Original sources not found. 4. Pottery Barn.
I ditched one slightly daggy picture, but as you can see he’s been trained well. He selected pictures that are not only consistent with each other, but fit with the plans for the rest of the house too.
The room will be reasonably generous in size, with a 32 course ceiling. The long shape and large opening to the hallway lends itself to bookshelves like these:
This book shelf design is almost perfect for us. But since it is a library and my husband has hundreds of books that he rereads, we want at least 2 walls of shelving. I’m visualising one wood-backed wall, as above, (to hide sliding doors) and the other wall, without a back to avoid wood over-load.
I spent one whole afternoon playing with the layout and the mood board. I tried to squeeze in a second sofa, to no avail.
- Custom made shelves to match blackbutt floors. (I may let the “Nice Wolf” DIY, but his DIY list is getting a bit long.)
- Persian rug, looking modern when layered onto a neutral rug. (How would that look in reality?)
- Australian made desk (Domayne) and drawers (Mark Tuckey).
- My old sofa looking fresh with some new linen.
- Eames Lounge Chair or similar.
This space is tempting me already.