Have a great book collection? Maybe you’re still working on developing it, but you want a place where you can relax and feel surrounded by knowledge.

Home libraries are a beautiful addition to any home, providing a nice change of pace and style from the rest of the rooms in your home.

But to truly call a room a home library, you need more than a shelf with a few books on it.

You need to do it right. Here are some ideas to get you started.

The Classic Wooden-Room Library

You know the picture: wood shelves placed in wood paneled walls and wood floor. A wood trimmed fireplace sits in the center. Set around it is studded, leather furniture. A large, patterned rug rests in the middle of the floor.

Does it get more classical than this? Well, it depends what century you’re trying to imitate….

Marble, Stone, and Pillars

Looking for something a bit more ancient-Rome? Some white pillars, marble floors, and light stone walls can leave you feeling like you’re in great library of Alexandria. If you’re the scholarly sort who enjoys ancient philosophy, this is the perfect approach.

Solid-Colored, Retro Furniture

Of course, a home library doesn’t have to be stuffy, sterile, or traditional. In fact, it’s a room you can have a little fun with. After all, the books themselves aren’t exactly going to match, with their different colors and styles. Why not make a bold choice in library appearance to even things out?

One idea is to pick a vibrant color, perhaps an orange, blue, or green. This will cover the walls and the shelves.  For the floor, a light neutral woodgrain. Throughout, you place retro furniture that would look right at home in the 60s or 70s. Tassled lamps. Elegantly patterned chairs. Strangely shaped tables.

You get the idea.

Much like one of the books on your shelf, this library can transport you to a different place and time.

Cozy and Comfy

For those planning on spending hours simply relaxing in their library, curled up in a good book, you might want something a little more subtle. A home library doesn’t have to be a bold, stylized statement. It can simply be a neutral room with some conveniently placed shelving, relaxing colors, and comfy furniture.

We’d suggest large windows to let in natural light and give you something to look at while you ponder your latest read.

Whatever Your Style, We Can Make it Happen

With a custom home build, you can have the in library you’ve always dreamed of and much more. You just need to make sure you choose the right home builder.

At Astelier Fine Homes, we have home contractors in Dayton, Ohio with the skills and experience needed to make your ideas a reality. Contact us today and get started on your perfect custom home.