28 Home Libraries To Bookmark For Inspiration

If you love being surrounded by books, chances are you’ve fantasized about creating the perfect home library. Whether your dream room consists of a cozy reading chair or simply shelf after shelf of captivating novels, we’re pretty confident you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this round-up.

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

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Architect Thomas Kligerman built cantilevered shelves throughout a transitional space to create a library, which now holds glass pieces commissioned from Long Island artist Michael Davis through Comerford in Bridgehampton, New York. The book chair is from the clients’ collection. (Tour the home.)

DOUBLE THE READING

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The double-height library, modeled after the Library of Trinity College Dublin, features intricate white-oak paneling and a metal upper balcony. The sofa is from interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s collection for Hickory Chair. Kary Cabinets executed the bookshelves and paneling, and Taylored Iron built the balcony. (Tour the home.)

ACCENTED IN RED

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The designers chose a single shade of red as an accent throughout this Arizona house, which is dressed predominantly in neutrals. Lorna Blend of Rysso-Peters Handcrafted Cabinetry fabricated the built-in shelving and storage. The library shelves feature Earl’s collection of antique ivory. (Tour the home.)

QUIET COLORS

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For quiet color in the master bedroom, interior designer Meg Lonergan placed books in reverse on shelves, to which she affixed sketches from MAI Houston. The Windsor Smith Home chaise wears Pierre Frey fabric from Culp Associates, next to a brass side table from Area. L’Atelier The Workshop fabricated draperies with Kerry Joyce fabric from George Cameron Nash. (Tour the home.)

THE FAMILY ROOM

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The main room on the first floor of the home features separate spaces that serve as a library, and sitting and dining areas. Chairs by Kerry Joyce for Dessin Fournir, purchased through Hines & Co., and the homeowners’ existing table ground the central vignette, which is set on a sisal rug from C.G. Coe & Son. (Tour the home.)

EUROPEAN-STYLED

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The library ceiling is upholstered in Romo fabric, which picks up the red trim that adorns the main-floor windows inside and outside. The custom desk is an antique reproduction, and the shelves display the owners’ leather-bound books and sterling-silver yachting cups. (Tour the home.)

18TH-CENTURY TOUCH

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Bookshelves display the homeowners’ extensive collection. The late 18th-century library staircase was purchased at Memorial Antiques & Interiors. (Tour the home.)

SHADES OF BLUE

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Custom armchairs in a fabric by The Walfab Company from Harbinger surround a custom ottoman upholstered with leather by Moore & Giles, also from Harbinger, in the living room. A mirror from Made Goods and an ikat rug by Stark provide a graphic note. The chandelier and sconces are by The Urban Electric Co. Adorning the cabinetry by Doopoco Enterprises is Schaub hardware. (Tour the home.)

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

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Multiple areas for entertaining in the library include a games table in one corner. The backdrop is a pair of niche shelves DeCesare artfully arranged with books, photographs and other objects old and new from the client’s collections. (Tour the home.)

TUCKED AWAY

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A library space tucked into a staircase, which leads to the master suite, invites reading on chairs by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm. The stainless steel and cast-glass Jewel table is from Magni Home Collection, and the custom rug is by Kyle Bunting. (Tour the home.)

THE STUDY

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A painting by Texas artist Bob Wade brings levity to the study. Red tones in the antique Heriz rug inspired the seating’s custom satin wool fabric. The coffee table was sourced through Joseph Minton Antiques. (Tour the home.)

CONTEMPORARY FLAIR

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In the library, the architect encircled the room with bookshelves and added a double-sided fireplace. The designer opted for tailored tub chairs for the space and covered them with fabric by Classic Cloth from Kneedler-Fauchere. A pillow made with Mokum fabric accents a Barcelona couch by Knoll. The artwork is by Richard Serra. (Tour the home.)

A FLORIDA TWIST

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The designers curated a modern, Florida-inspired take on the lacquered library Albert Hadley designed for legendary philanthropist Brooke Astor. (Tour the home.)

DIVE INTO HISTORY

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The living area of the library was appointed using the owner’s furniture from her previous house, which the designer set atop an antique Oushak carpet from Azadi Fine Rugs. Throughout the room, between niches and windows, are E.F. Chapman Cawdor wall lights for Visual Comfort & Co. (Tour the home.)

THE PROFESSOR’S OFFICE

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Copper architectural ornaments from Urban Archaeology hang against terra-cotta-colored walls in the library, where custom bookcases enclose a Stark carpet and the clients’ own furniture. Art includes a painting by Eduardo Arranz-Bravo and a black glass bowl by Elsa Peretti. (Tour the home.)

EVER…GREEN

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An old-fashioned ladder rolls along a rail spanning two walls in the library/office, painted in Benjamin Moore’s deep green Pine Brook; African masks are the central feature. Leather club chairs are by Barbara Barry for Baker; the cotton drapery fabric is by Clarence House. (Tour the home.)

MIXED STYLES

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Heirlooms played a key role in the office of designer Britt Taner’s family home. The bright-yellow Old World Weavers silk covering her great grandmother’s bergere adds a vibrant contrast to the gray hues throughout the room, such as the George Smith custom sofa covered in C&C Milano linen from Holland & Sherry. (Tour the home.)

BALANCING TASTES

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In this Lincoln Park home, designer Julia Buckingham was tasked with balancing the modern leanings of the wife with the husband’s traditional taste. The library walls, lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, and an iron sunburst chandelier provide an elegant contrast to the brown tones of the leather wing chair and wood floors. (Tour the home.)

THE OPEN BOOK

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Steel-framed glass doors by Architectural Iron Works open the dining room to the outdoors. For the flexible space, Carson designed two oak tables, crafted by Malvini in Belgium, that can expand and connect into one 17-foot-long surface; slipcovers made with fabric from Holly Hunt’s Great Outdoors collection accent custom chairs. The iron-and-wood chandelier is from Lucca Antiques in Los Angeles. (Tour the home.)

LIBRARY-TROPHY ROOM

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Builder Guy Bartels and his team executed the millwork in the library-trophy room, where a comfortably worn antique English wing chair from 1stdibs sits atop a vintage rug laid over a Stark sisal carpet, completing the New England feel to the room. Along with an antique tea table, it faces a sofa swathed in Kravet mohair while Schumacher silk draperies keep the sunlight at bay, or let light flood in when desired. (Tour the home.)

HEIGHTENED KNOWLEDGE

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Custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves designed by the architects and crafted by Dimensions Unlimited line the library walls and provide a backdrop for a comfortable sitting area. The designers had a curved sofa custom-made and covered with Balmoran fabric by Jed Johnson Home. The cocktail table is by Therien, and the rug is from Tony Kitz Gallery. (Tour the home.)

TRADITIONALLY DONE

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The 1880s English fruitwood bookcases are from Eron Johnson Antiques in Denver, the antique Chinese coffee table and Anglo- Indian inlaid end table are from Sotheby’s, and the striped window-seat cushion fabric is Donghia. (Tour the home.)

SOFTLY TEXTURED

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In the library, a custom bookcase made of lacquer and metal holds plenty of room for collectibles such as antiquities and a white-glass elephant cameo vase by Émile Gallé from the 1920s; walls covered in gray mohair add soft texture. A painting by Victor Brauner hangs above a metal-framed chair and ottoman from Roark clad in Mongolian lamb. (Tour the home.)

VARIOUS SELECTIONS

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In this dining room, which is connected to both the kitchen and the living room, a table from Collectic home is surrounded by blue Enrico Pellizzoni chairs that match the backing of the Poliform bookshelves. The Ingo Maurer chandelier pays homage to the creativity of artist Man Ray. (Tour the home.)

FOR THE MODERN MAN

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The library provides a masculine area for work and reading; the custom desk by Camilo Office Furniture encircled by chairs from J. Batchelor features a glass-topped display area. The Carlyn ceiling fixture from Urban Electric Co. in North Charleston, South Carolina, imparts a soft glow. (Tour the home.)

TWO SIDES TO THE STORY

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Custom built-ins are the focal point in the two-story library, which features rich cherrywood and contrasting ebony accents. Cozy seating options include tufted leather armchairs by Theodore Alexander and chairs upholstered with charcoal ribbed chenille. A custom wool rug by Kravet and coffee table by Bernhardt ground the vignette. (Tour the home.)

LONG WEEKEND RETREAT

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Floor-to-ceiling windows coupled with hundreds of books make this living area ready for hours of enjoyment. (Tour the home.)

MIDCENTURY MODERN VIBES

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A black Saarinen table sits next to a display of custom white-lacquered bookcases. (Tour the home.)