HOW TO TURN YOUR SPARE ROOM INTO A LAVISH LIBRARY

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HAVE YOU EVER YEARNED TO HAVE YOUR OWN LIBRARY? THE HIS & HERS TEAM CERTAINLY HAS, WHICH IS WHY WE’RE SHARING OUR TOP TIPS FOR CREATING ONE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME.

If you’ve ever seen those old films with the library scene in, then you’ll know that they make an impact. There is something so powerful, and regal, and classic about them, but at the same time they’re comforting, and warm, and inviting. They’re a space that offers knowledge and comfort, almost a way of escaping the real world for a while as you dive into a book and lose yourself.

Well, why not create that same vibe within your own home? Sure, it may not be as grand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not doable. All you need is a spare room, a bit of creativity, and the right features.

Here’s what you need to do.

The lighting

Light is such a powerful source that controls every aspect of the mood of a room or area. Because you’re going for the library vibe, you will want something that lights the space up enough for you to find a book and dive into it once the sun goes down, but not enough to brighten the whole room up. You want to allow things to have an air of mystery about them, like those dark corners and shadows. So a good option is lamps. You can have the main overhead light on when you need to see properly, but then revert to the lamps that give you soft glows when you’re ready to relax and tune out.

The sofa

Whatever you do, you can’t forget the sofa. This is the spot that you will curl up in and daydream, or read, or even have a nap, so you need to ensure that you choose the perfect one. As this is essentially your escape away from everything else, you want to cater to yourself, so think about how you usually sit, or lie, or get comfortable, and then choose the sofa based around that. Chesterfield Sofa Company has many wonderful options that still hold that regalness that you’re after, so take a look and see what jumps out.

The color

Your personal style will determine the kind of colour scheme you have going on, but essentially, the darker the shades, the better. Of course, light tones open up a room making it appear bigger, but they also takes away the sense of mystery. The ideal colours to work with will be dark wine reds, and burgundies, and purples. These are warm and indulgent shades, but are also deep enough to give off that sense of passion that you require. And if you do want to create the illusion of space, then just hang a few vintage style mirrors on the walls – that could even be your feature wall.

Now you have a few basic ideas to get you on the right track, you can start thinking about the finishing touches to make it your own. Be open to looking at inspiration, be it from films, paintings, or even libraries you’ve visited on your travels.

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