If you are a book lover, than a natural part of leisure time at home would be having bookshelves filled with books accessible in your cozy bedroom retreat. Shelving allows you to have personal expression in your design scheme and with the addition of books, no matter what the genre, is an engaging accoutrement in this sacred space. Add the convenience of reaching for a good read before switching off the light, and the bedroom bookshelf makes a strong case. Be sure to keep your books well-arranged so that is won’t be hard to find what you are looking for.
Yes, you can have your own personal library in your home, aside from a separate home library; you can have it in your own personal oasis, your bedroom. Avoid seeing your books scattered on the floor or under your bed covered with dust. Put up decorative shelving for your books, you can even make it the focal point of your room. Aside from a separate bookshelf, you can always incorporate shelving into your headboard. Let us now take a look at the collection we have put together for you on various types of bookshelves in the bedroom, as well as some tips on pulling off some fabulous design.
If you are still seeking some inspiration on bookshelves, have a look at some of our past articles on 45 Inspiring ways of designing cozy living spaces with books and 50 Jaw-dropping home library design ideas.
If you aren’t good at DIY projects, consider calling in a pro to help assist you in designing a bookshelf for your space. The investment is generally worth it since built-ins add great value to not only your room, but to your whole home. Cabinetmakers also design and build amazing bookcases and occasionally, especially with additional projects, offer a discount.
Adding a cozy reading spot next to a bookshelf is the perfect way to go. The nook is anchored by built-ins on either side, which is a very appealing option. Custom bookcases can typically run around $500 to $600 per lineal foot, with costs varying on wood choice and any special features that you may wish to include. What you see above is a 14-foot built-in cherry bookcase and bench that ran at a total cost of $8,500.
Inspiration Wall: Having floor-to-ceiling bookcases in this bedroom adds some special interest and a focal point. Having a bench at the end of the bed can also host additional books, such as the current ones that you are reading.
Giving your space a classic touch: This bedroom features a more affordable way to showcases a built-in bookcase without the associated costs. A pre-built freestanding bookcase has been set against the wall and secured, with the addition of molding to the top and base.
Bookshelf and a view: There is plenty of light flooding into this bedroom with an incredible view, perfect for reading. To help keep your books preserved, make sure they are out of direct sunlight. To create this simple, yet classic look, the above bookcase cost roughly $450 to build, but costs will vary depending on the species of wood, sizing and any custom detailing.
Express Yourself: A bookshelf is more than just a place to store your favorite reads. You can use them for personalization, pairing your favorite titles with framed photographs and decorative accents.
Great Tip: If you wish to paint your bookcases, consider using poplar wood. Not only is it light and inexpensive, you can drill and nail into it quite easily (holes can be filled with a wood filler), and it takes in paint quite well.
Subtle Bookshelf: You do not need a large bookshelf to hold your books, especially if there is not enough space. You can still add an accent to still give that literary appeal. Shelves are quite easy to fasten to the wall or to build, and can be arranged and layered to fit the space.
Use a headboard. A bookcase can also be used as a dividing wall within your room to delineate space. Try anchoring a bookcase to a centrally situated bed so that books will be within your grasp.
Clever design help to keep two individual beds in this space connected yet separate. Each of the beds has a directional light for reading that won’t interfere with the roommate’s slumber.
Here is a bookcase trend that started in 2010, placing books with their spines to the inside. Some readers will do this when they have completed a book, and leave those that have not been read with spines out. Some people like the appeal of having whites and creams showing to the outside. You can decide what look you like best for your space!
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Querosene House is a modern three story home showcasing an incredible library design that contains 7,500 books, designed by architects grupoSP in São Paulo, Brazil. A large portion of land where the house has been built lies three meters below street level, so the design of this urban home of 10X40 meters enabled a large open space that is straightforward and transparent. This space is defined in one side by the north face structure, a parallel free wall which houses a library containing 7,500 volumes and on the other side by a parallel block, an all closed space – a block with three stories that contains all the services, equipment and dormitories.
To access this block concrete stairs positioned parallel to the south limit of the bath, to access the wall of books metal platforms connected to the service block placed in an interleaved manner.
The design takes advantage from the difference between the street level and the lower level of the plot, by positioning the living room in this lower level which ensures the required privacy and maintains the view of the distant landscape through the void. This simple home adopts simple constructive solutions, reducing the actions required for its achievement.
The structure of the volume is resumed to masonry walls and reinforced concrete. Installations are apparent and performed without interference. After that the finishes are simple: monolithic concrete flooring and white Portuguese Stone. The walls without finishes are ready as it built. A single exception: the wall with books, finished with time and history.
Photos: Nelson Kon
The Goodman Residence, designed by Abramson Teiger Architects, epitomizes the Southern California lifestyle by uniting the home, garden and pool. Its massing is conceived as one linear bar running the depth of the lot that has two smaller masses attached to its side. The combination of the three masses, some open, some closed, sets up a dialogue of solid and void, covered and uncovered, indoor and outdoor and creates an interaction and flow of functions. The north facade enhances privacy with a sculptural composition of layered depths of smooth steel trowel stucco with minimal windows; while the courtyard facade is very open, organized in a horizontal pattern of Phenoelic Resin Panels that shift in alignment with the window and door systems. Sliding and bi-fold doors on the courtyard open up to allow access across the entire length of the compact 40’x135’ urban lot. The outdoor living spaces become rooms, some with roofs, some open to the sky, all partially enclosed either by the house itself or the property line walls. The conscious attention to bring natural light into all parts of the home imbues a sense of tranquility, a lightness that raises one soul, making this home a private sanctuary.
The residence is situated on a long narrow lot; the design challenge was to position it accordingly on the site in order to preserve an openness that is fully integrated both inside and out. The resultant massing is that of a long “bar” with “transparent” covered rooms added to it. A dialogue of solid and void, covered and uncovered, indoor and outdoor is established. The living room, with its tall doors that disappear into pockets, the garden courtyard and pool, and the outdoor covered patio are aligned to allow site lines from one end of the site through to the other.
Along with the importance to address the linearity of the site, natural light plays an important part in the space, helping to imbue the home with a sense of tranquility and lightness, thus transforming the home into a private sanctuary. Attention was also paid to articulating the “bar”, by creating a visually interesting, sculptured exterior.
Photos: Jim Bartsch Photography
For those of you who love books, you probably have a collection lying around somewhere in your home, whether you cleverly use them as a coffee table, end table, store them in a bookcase, on a shelf or have a reading nook or whole library dedicated to your love affair of books. A personal home library can be a sacred space that combines relaxation with personal learning; it should be designed as an oasis, an escape from our hectic daily lives. We have gathered together a post with 50 incredible home libraries that have plenty of inspiration for various ways to design your own personal home library. Some are more traditional, while others are unique and different and will challenge your creative juices. Whatever your pleasure, make sure your space has a cozy ambiance which can include a fireplace, faux fireplace with candles, or add the right kind of lighting that can create a mood that evokes warmness. Be sure to have comfortable and relaxed seating and consider a throw for those cool nights that you want to snuggle up with a good book. Enjoy the inspiration and don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite!
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This stunning chapel is situated in the quaint Flemish village of Bazel, Belgium and has been reconverted into two loft-type houses. This building was erected in the second half of the 19th century by Countess Villain XIIII next to the castle of Wissekerke as a place where the children of the village could be educated. The building later became derelict was sold and renovated into a residence. On the ground floor, you can find home offices, with windows overlooking the back garden. In the entrance hall, you still experience the grandeur of the architecture. The owners have kept the space quite open here, which makes the originally monumental and religious character of the building still tangible. The facade and especially the windows are so monumental that the rest of the architecture is logically subordinate to both this image and to the convenience of daily life. Have a look at the loft of Antoon, Natascha and their two children and let us know what you think!
Photos: Courtesty of Verne
This beautiful home in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, California was remodeled by design firm Lizette Marie Interior Design. The family of four had just purchased their 5,200 square foot, five bathroom, four-and-a-half bathroom classic Tudor style home and was looking to do a few updates which turned into a larger project of full scale bathroom remodels, each one being distinct from the other, and new decor for the first floor rooms. The family loved to cook and entertain, so it was important to create a space where adults and kids could spend time together. It was also important to create a space that would be a designated ‘man cave’ and equally, a haven for the wife to escape.
The entrance to the home displays a clever concept completed by local artist Klari Reis. There are three semi-abstract maps with the perfect balance of color, scale and detail so they stand as works of art on their own, demonstrating a sense of the couple’s history. Each map shows where the couple has lived in the past, Manhattan, Gottingen and Charlottesville. The library (displayed above) is the wife’s escape, the first room that you see upon entrance to the home and creates a ‘wow’ factor. It is a soothing space to reconnect with her passion for history, a mix of red and purple. The basement was turned into a man cave, since it lacks natural light. It designed into a comfortable space for the husband to work from home or just escape from a long day. Built-in bookcases help to add color and accessories and divide the space, one for work and one for play.
The door is constructed from reclaimed barn siding, with a backing of colored glass on the reverse to allow for a writing surface in the play area. It acts as a divider between the man cave and the kids’ playroom but can be opened wide to connect the two.
Despite the lack of natural light in the playroom, it seems much lighter than the man cave due to bright colors, white walls and recessed can lights.
Photos: David Duncan Livingston
Having been neglected for nearly 50 years, this incredible dream home was rescued by new owners who sought to restore the home to its original grandeur by Siemasko + Verbridge, an architecture, interior and landscape design firm in Beverly, Massachusetts. Prominently located on the rocky shoreline, its presence welcomes all who enter into Marblehead from the Boston area. The exterior respects tradition; the interior combines tradition with a sparse respect for proportion, scale and unadorned beauty of space and light. The home had originally been built in 1899, taking four years to renovate; the historic facade was renewed and restored. The home was originally 4,000 square feet but was expanded to 9,300 square feet of living space, but was kept as historically accurate as possible. The existing sea wall was also rebuilt to protect the home and the neighboring properties.
The interior were respectful of the past, yet in total harmony with its ingenious avant-garde improvements. The interior feels as cozy as a cottage with average sized rooms all minimally furnished by interior designer Jean Verbridge. The fully equipped kitchen was expanded by enclosing a section of the front porch and looks out to ocean views. Where the kitchen used to be located, now lays a two-story library retreat for the owner’s eclectic collection of art. A carriage house that was burned down was rebuilt with an attached garage that extends into an extra floor of living space, with a home theater, game room, sauna, and elevator. The high tech home has fully automated and energy-efficient systems; window blinds, espresso maker, landscape irrigation, solar roof panels, and the temperature of the wine cellar, pool water and sauna can all be controlled remotely. If the owners are away and a storm blows in, the push of a button will drop shutters into place over windows.
To see more on the building and restoration of this incredible home, check out the owner’s blog, here.
The attached carriage house to the left of the restored house contains guest quarters and pool cabana above a three-car garage.
A NanaWall Systems door folds, accordion style, completely out of the way, the swimming pool can be fully opened to the lower level of the house where the is a second kitchen, changing rooms and full bath.
The custom weather vane atop the turret depicts an Austrian mountain goat.
This unique apartment home spotted on ESNY combines the best of preserved turn of the century character with creative and practical solutions for cozy and comfortable living in Stockholm, Sweden. The 909 square foot (84 square meters) home has recently been renovated with high arched windows, generous ceiling height and three spacious rooms to create a sense of space and character. The heart of the dwelling is the living room, which is the main room. With doors that have been reclaimed from a Swedish veranda, a “room in room” has been created, which separates the space into a library/play area with a small reading nook. The large kitchen is perfect for entertaining and preparing family dinners. The spacious bedroom offers plenty of storage solutions and a large en-suite bathroom.
This spectacular villa spotted on Skeppsholmen is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Falsterbo, on the south-western tip of Sweden. This black brick villa features chic Scandinavian charm, designed by architect Gerth Wingård. The large glass entrance hall is bright and welcoming with limestone flooring from Portugal. Features of the home includes a fully equipped kitchen, dining area that opens to the outside, lounge with floor to ceiling windows, library and an oak staircase that leads upstairs to three bedrooms. The master bedroom is bright and airy with floor to ceiling windows and a balcony with beautiful views and a large walk-in closet. Also on this floor is a living room with space for a home office and a spacious bathroom. Most of the 2,260 square foot (210 square meters) home boasts oak wood floors with underfloor heating. Outside is a large terrace with beautiful gardens that leads to a separate guest home of 139 square feet (13 square meters) with a small kitchen and bedroom.
This beautiful dream apartment was discovered on Alvhem Makleri and is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Comprised of 1,463 square feet (136 square meters), the charming residence can accommodate a large family with three bedrooms, newly renovated kitchen, bathroom and guest bathroom. Space solutions of this gorgeous flat offers many different options. For a smaller family, the extra bedroom can be used for guests or as a work room. The apartment features mirror doors, bay window, kitchen pantry, deep window niches in marble and a centrally located fireplace. The library offers a pleasant atmosphere with great warmth, offering a lounge feeling. The living room can be entered through a large opening in the library. Plenty of natural light is diffused into this space through a Grand Bay window. The kitchen has been tastefully renovated with chess checkered flooring and cabinetry. The spacious bedrooms offer plenty of natural light and many original details in the form of carpentry and ornamental plasterwork.
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