I admit, I am a book addict. I am able to have a stack of chocolate in the fridge and only eat one square a night, or even go nights without eating any. But I have a 13 page Wish List on Book Depository and I buy several books a month! I have just finished a massive cull where I got rid of more than 200 items of clothing and 23 pairs of shoes, and countless other household items. That included more than 100 books as well, but I am struggling for room again.
I did do my best at styling them more interestingly, so there are now stacks of horizontal books interspersed between those standing vertically. And I have also managed to include a few treasured ornaments on the shelves. But mostly I just dream of custom built floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on at least two walls in a large sitting room, or better still, a dedicated library.
In the meantime I will just consider some of these for inspiration.
Katie Ridder is wonderful for creating stunningly colourful rooms with bookshelves that just blend into the palette. These images are from her stunning book Katie Ridder Rooms.
Another of my favourites, and also on my bucket list to stay on one of the hotels is Kit Kemp. The first one is the stunning Library in the Ham Yard Hotel in London. The second one is in the Dorset Square Hotel, again in London.
This one has a lovely Olde Worlde feel complete with a library ladder! I love the teal colour in the upholstery and lamps, it creates a lovely calm feeling in the room. Let’s hope it has a sofa or wing chairs in the same palette for somewhere to curl up and read.
And this one has done the rounds on Pinterest. As a colour designer I love it, because I used to arrange my coloured pencils in rainbow order when I was little. But as a reader I prefer them to be in categories, just grouped with similar coloured spines and tones, and descending from tallest to shortest!
This one also appeals to my love of colour, but it would take a while to amass a collection of books with predominantly blue and violet dust jackets.
A pair of Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs wouldn’t go astray as a comfy place to curl and read.
But an Eames recliner and footstool would be good too.
So for now I will plan my ideal library by choosing some soothing fabrics for my two wing chairs, ottoman, and statement antique desk chair, in soothing shades of Duck Egg, Gold and Fawn.
And get pleasure when I look up from my laptop and spy some treasures that I have collected in my travels nestled amongst some of my favourite titles (categorised by author in this case!).
I need to find time to get through some of this reading material too!