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Warm and Cozy Home Libraries

As the days are turning colder here, all I want to do is find a cozy spot in which to curl up and read a book. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a library at home that would serve that purpose? My dream library would include a working fireplace, floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves, a very comfortable arm chair for reading, a sofa for napping, a warm wool rug, a window, and a small table for writing.  The one thing it absolutely would not have is a television. In fact, any kind of electronics would ruin the ambiance for me.

Here are some home libraries that inspire me:

Peter Pennoyer Architect via Instagram

I love it when the shelves overflow with books and there is a slightly-worn look to the furnishings:

via Pinterest

A velvet reading chair would be wonderful with a variety of pillows to choose from:

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This library displays an appealing abundance of art, books, and collectibles:

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In the library pictured below, olive-green bookshelves wrap invitingly around a plush velvet sofa that’s made for napping!


This is one of my favorite library spaces because of its pretty English-cottage look:

Jeffrey Bilhuber via The Neo Trad

Another English country-style library, this one with adorable pups:

Charlotte Moss via Cote de Texas

Dark walls and lots of interesting patterns and textures highlight this Bunny Williams designed library:

Bunny Williams via McGrath2

This red library designed by Beverly Fields is striking:

Veranda via The NeoTrad

Isn’t the blue velvet sectional with the matching blue bookcases, pictured below, a sophisticated look?

House Beautiful

Another gorgeous blue library:

via House and Home

One more blue library, just because:

via Pinterest

Emerald green makes for a stunning library, especially when accompanied with leopard print:

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There is something inviting and warm about a traditional wood paneled library, especially when it includes a fireplace:

James Farmer via the Glam Pad

At Ralph Lauren’s Bedford home, he has a wood paneled library that looks like it is right out of an English country estate:

Architectural Digest via Pinterest

A table is a useful addition in a library, as seen here in Carolina Irving’s Manhattan apartment:

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A small table in the library at Bunny Mellon’s Virginia estate:


Although I don’t have a library, I do have a comfortable velvet chair in the living room, a new book, and a pot of tea brewing, so I think I will wrap this post up and go read in my cozy spot—and perhaps get a little napping in, as well.  A perfect Sunday afternoon in my book!


12 thoughts on “Warm and Cozy Home Libraries

  1. I turned our rarely used dining room into a library. Nothing as grand as these fabulous spots but it is dark with comfy chairs and a gas fireplace!! I first added bookcases to the dining room because books were everywhere, then i took the dining table out and then I eventually gave it full attention as one of my One Room Challenges. I never miss having a dining room but I would miss that library! great post.

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  2. Such stunning rooms, Elizabeth! There’s no room more beautiful than a cozy library. I particularly love Jeffrey Bilhuber’s blue library, Carolina Irving’s former Manhattan library and Bunny Mellon’s chic reading nook…All exquisite!


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