Personal libraries become retreats

With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room?

“When there’s an endless river of (digital) content, the words, text and images we choose to print and bind into a physical book will make (it) even more special,” he said.

Branca imagined the space, which included walls covered in chocolatey faux bois (wood-grain appearance) sateen and a plump sofa blanketed in tartan, as a room where you could store favorite vintage books but also use a digital reader.

Create an enveloped space by running shelves up to the ceiling; wood tones keep the ambience warm, but consider white or even an interesting color – creamy yellow or rich carmine (deep red), for example – so books, accessories and art will pop.

Spanish design house Playoffice turns a run-of-the-mill home library into a playhouse with a sturdy mesh net suspended across the whole space like an enormous hammock. …read more

Via: Home and Gardening

    

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