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Styling the Summer Library

May 15, 2016


The word “Library” often invokes visions of floor to ceiling books enveloped in rich, dark woods with accents of leather and distinctly masculine accessories.




While a warm, cozy reading nook draped with heavy fabrics might be appropriate for a winter movie setting, elevating the space to a light and airy yet comfortably cozy space is easier than you think.











Bring in neutral cotton or linen upholstery in light, soft colors. Covered buttons and tufting add an air of subtle sophistication. Accessorize with throw pillows covered in light florals or softly-hued prints. Richly textured throws in light colors will cozy up the room while at the same time creating a warm and inviting space.






Live greenery brings a touch of summer to the library.  If you are opting for a more sophisticated look, add greenery in the form of topiaries. These ornamental shaped plants are abundant during the summer months and are often made with rosemary, lavender or heather and provide not only visual beauty but add an extra dimension with their balmy and bright aroma.




Group your books by color: shelves with bright blues and spring greens will add a touch of whimsy. A neutral-themed design utilizing all white and black books adds a modern, sophisticated look. Removing the paper covers on your vintage books will often reveal brightly colored bindings with hints of gold gilding.



Style your summer bookshelves by including light garden touches such as small statuary and finials. Add picture frames in one color family.

Don’t over accessorize: incorporate these touches every two or three shelves to make it more varied visually.







{My assistant guarding my props – he never even tried to eat a cookie which is more than I can say for myself}


The library is one of the most under-utilized rooms in the home. It does not just have to be an office space, or a place to store your books. Bring in a small table and chairs and host your book club. Serve breakfast or a luncheon for friends. Have an afternoon tea. Take a nap. Use your shelves to display family mementos, photos, antiques or even vintage ironstone.





The summer library is bright, light and airy. It can be decidedly feminine or uniquely masculine. Style it so that you can enjoy it year-round: it is more than just a room for the bibliophile.


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  • Reply Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage May 16, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Ohhhh just so gorgeous. Love the way the light comes in your room too. To snuggle up with a good book ahhhh just ahhh! Hope you have a fantastic start to the new week.

  • Reply Yolanda Thomas May 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Love the blog. Love the photos.

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