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4 Pretty Bookshelves We Wish We Had at Home

Get design inspiration for your own dream library

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

It's no secret that we love to read. Whether it's collecting the works of one author, religiously buying each and every issue of a magazine, or following a saga, we simply enjoy the company of reading materials and giving them a special corner at home is a must.

Have you always dreamed of one day having a personal library at home? Will it have comfy chairs and sofas? If you've been planning to have your own reading nook or mini library, we're sure that you always visit Pinterest and other sites to look for pegs. To help you create the cozy nook that you and your books deserve, we've got four lovely spaces as seen in real homes that you can also use as pegs:

Prioritize storage and comfort

What do you do with a spare room at home? Turn it into a library! Take inspiration from this space found in a home designed by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo. It has all the elements that complete a library: storage, comfort, and personalized touch.

If you have hundreds of books, invest in shelves, cabinets, and seating pieces with hidden storage underneath. You also need a sturdy sofa where you can sit and read for our hours! Do you love writing down favorite phrases and quotes? A chalkboard wall can make this easier.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Keep it open and pretty

You don't always need a spare room to be able to create a special place where you can be alone with your books. An unused corner will do—just brighten it up with colorful accents and decor pieces. Arrange your books per author or genre and use quirky bookends. A vase of flowers or potted plants can serve as a refreshing decor too.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Opt for floor to ceiling shelves

To maximize every inch of space (and to have bigger space where you can keep your books!) you can have a customized shelf that covers an entire wall and has a height that reaches up to the ceiling. This is ideal if you have a blank wall and empty space in the living area or bedroom. Fill the shelf with titles that you love and even textbooks and other references. 

Photo by At Maculangan.

Don't be afraid of color

Your shelf can also work as an accent piece in the living area. To complement the dark wall, the homeowner chose a simple and slim shelf that can accommodate not just books, but decor too! Arrange your books per color of the spine and liven it up with accessories that work well with the color of the walls. This setup can immediately liven up the space and create an eclectic vibe. 

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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