By Andrew Huang, Intern Assistant Editor
This article is about the home library. After a long and exhausting week, it is great to unwind and to relax amongst the sea of books, stories, and characters. If you are a book lover and you are planning to redesign your home library for your next home improvement project, here are some ideas for inspirations.
A home library is more than just a place to organize your books. It is an environment that evokes a strong sense of peace and relaxation. If you are working on a big home improvement project or if you are planning to add a home library as an extension of your home, then consider avoiding to place your library at the center of the home. In a situation where the home library doubles as a home office and you prefer some privacy, then it will be fine. By placing the home library at the peripheral, you can utilize the floor-to-ceiling window to allow natural light to brighten your room. Otherwise, you might want to consider to 5000K light in your lighting design.1 5000K light has the similar color temperature as daylight. This will help with visual acuity in the home library environment.
For a smaller project, if you only want to focus on the design and the aesthetic, you may want to explore a modern image. Sophisticated and elegant style of a traditional home library are dark and private. This will be great if the home library doubles as a home office or a study room. Simple and clean style of a modern home library are light and smooth. But, if the home library is its separate room, then the room should evoke a sense of openness, a place where your mind can unwind, relax, and be free.
Here are some images for inspiration.
Figure 1. A very clean and simple style bookcase in the living room. The white wall and the natural
light from the windows evoke a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Image was taken from Design Your
Figure 2. For those who love a more traditional home library, dark wood shelves and ornaments
can create a warm environment. Image was taken from Freshome’s website.3
Figure 3. Here is an innovated and modern idea for your home library. This is a titled bookcase in
the St. Mark’s Bookshop by Clouds Architecture Office. The shelves are angled at the bottom to
improve visual experiences. Image was taken from My Modern Met’s website.4
Figure 4. A cool color room can enhance your reading experiences by allowing you to be in a calm
and peaceful environment. Image was taken from Sensational Color’s website.5
1. Color temperature, according to topbulb, “describes how the light appears when the human eyes look directly at the
“Explore Color Temperature,” topbulb, Date accessed on 06, Apr. 2015, http://www.topbulb.com/color-temperature
2. “Cool and Unique Bookshelves Designs For Inspiration,” Design Your Way, Date accessed on 11, Apr. 2015,
3. “30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style,” Freshome, 10, Sep. 2014, http://freshome.com/2014/09/10/30-
4. Sara Barnes, “Bookshop’s Shelving Flows Through Store in Wave-Like Motion,” My Modern Met, 04, Aug. 2014,
5. Kate Smith, “Creating A Calming and Peaceful Environment With Color,” Date accessed on 11, Apr. 2015,