Finding the right place
If it can be envisaged during the initial space planning process, a home library can be intended to suit your personal needs and choices. You need to figure out whether you need an elaborate space, a specific location, and a home office, or would you like it to be scattered across the house, with every room getting a fair share.
- Many living rooms, for instance, have library units placed as dividers or an elaborate wall system that becomes the room’s aesthetic focal point.
- In bedrooms, too, wall units and dividers can be planned, fulfilling the purpose of aesthetics and functionality.
- In smaller rooms, however, certain unused corners and niches along the peripheral walls can also be used.
- Spaces below window cills or the space behind the bed’s headboard facing a window with a couch are also interesting applications that can be done.
- In Washrooms, too, niches can be carved to create space for books and other accessories.
- Study tables inside bedrooms with shelves and book storage can also be planned if a separate study room cannot be created due to lack of space.
A separate study room with a library can work well if envisaged within the home. Especially during the current pandemic, work from home has become a natural prerequisite. Contrary to the colonial times’ home libraries, which stood as a defiant symbol against technology and progress, the modern-day study can be contemporary or neoclassical depending on the design genre, incorporating the latest technological systems.
Conventional home libraries are generally envisioned in wood finishes. Emanating an old-world charm, dark hardwood flooring with gothic style arched book units, colonial-era tables and chairs – all bring about the warmth necessary for retiring into a peaceful solace. Modern-day study rooms cum libraries can be livelier with a different material palette depending on the design theme. Bookshelves
or units can be done in metal, wood or stone, as the case may be. Wooden flooring is preferred due to its warm feel, and a couch can also be placed on the floor, making it cosy. A formal arrangement of a home office
can have a tiled or marble floor too. The exposed surfaces on the walls should be clad with soft acoustic material to increase sound absorption and reduce reflection. If a glass partition acts as a separation between the library and other areas, double glazing units should be used to keep the outside noise out. So, with unlimited options available, you just need to put your creative hats on to get your prized books a happy place to stay home!
Photograph Courtesy: Ravi Kanade.