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Home Library Ideas to Create Your Very Own Smart Home

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[caption id="attachment_41835" align="alignnone" width="2560"] moodboard/ Getty Images[/caption] If you love to read and have a nice collection of books you value, why not create a home library or study where you can stylishly house your books? It doesn't require as much space as you think, so check out these home library ideas to create a smart space in your home.

What you'll need to execute these home library ideas

You don't need a lot of space to create an awesome home library, although taking a room over would be ideal. Besides your favorite collection of books, here's what you'll need:
  • Bookcases or wall shelves: This is the key item in your home library. Choose the bookcase or wall shelves of your choice. For a sleeker, built-in look, choose closet cabinetry that also features doors, drawers and other storage options.
  • Lighting: For a high-end look, add lighting for different purposes. A reading lamp is a must. But don't forget to add accent lighting that lights up the shelves or washes the bookcase wall with illumination. If installing recessed lights isn't possible, consider using battery-operated LED lights and light strips.
  • Seating: A comfortable reading chair and footstool, a bench or a built-in reading nook are all great home library ideas. If you're converting a guest room, a sofa or futon with a pullout bed could work as seating and a guest bed.
  • A desk (optional): If you want your home library to double as a study or workspace, consider adding a desk, if space allows.
  • A ladder (optional): Depending on the height of your shelving, a library ladder is an awesome design feature that's also functional.
  • Accessories: Don't forget to add wall art, flowers or plants that personalize the space. Special objects like vases or small sculptures can also be placed in the shelving to break up all the books.
Now that you have an idea of what you need, check out these stunning home library ideas for inspiration.

Home library ideas for small or awkward spaces

[caption id="attachment_41828" align="alignnone" width="2560"]home library © by Martin Deja/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41839" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Nantucket barn conversion with architecture by Hugh Newell Jacobsen Andreas von Einsiedel/ Getty Images [/caption]

Home libraries that make the most of the space

[caption id="attachment_41829" align="alignnone" width="2560"]library © by Martin Deja/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41832" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Digitally generated luxurious modern home interior (oft apartment).  The scene was rendered with photorealistic shaders and lighting in Autodesk® 3ds Max 2016 with V-Ray 3.6 with some post-production added. Bulgac/ Getty Images[/caption]

Home libraries featuring unique shelves

[caption id="attachment_41830" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Digitally generated warm and cozy industrial style home/loft apartment interior design.  The scene was rendered with photorealistic shaders and lighting in Autodesk® 3ds Max 2016 with V-Ray 3.6 with some post-production added. Bulgac/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41831" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Digitally generated luxurious and modern loft apartment home interior design. Bulgac/ Getty Images[/caption]

Home libraries with a custom built-in look

[caption id="attachment_41827" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Luxury classic interior of living room and dining room with white furniture and metal chandeliers. 3d illustration Peter_visual/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41836" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Eoneren/ Getty Images [/caption] [caption id="attachment_41834" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Bulgac/ Getty Images [/caption] [caption id="attachment_41831" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Digitally generated luxurious and modern loft apartment home interior design. Bulgac/ Getty Images[/caption]

Home libraries that double as a home study or office

[caption id="attachment_41840" align="alignnone" width="2560"]home office LOOK Photography/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41841" align="alignnone" width="2560"]Digitally generated classical home interior (home library) with stylish furniture such as massive bookshelf, home office desk with typewriter and a very comfortable (perfect for reading a good book) Chesterfield armchair.  This digitally generated image was rendered with photorealistic shaders and lighting in Autodesk® 3ds Max 2016 with V-Ray 3.6 and post-processed with a creative film style for more impact and atmospheric mood. Bulgac/ Getty Images[/caption]

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