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25 Brilliant home libraries to inspire you

Melissa Dunlap is a writer, editor and blogger specializing in lifestyle communications. Fueled by curiosity, and a tad too much coffee, Melissa enjoys dissecting current trends for the modern woman. When she's not having dance parties w...

Design for bibliophiles

These delightful home libraries are sure to stimulate your inner bookworm.
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On trend

On trend

Image credit: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; designed by Lindsey Coral Harper

With Radiant Orchid as Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, we're sure to be seeing a lot of this purple-pink hue. This room, painted Mulberry by Benjamin Moore, makes a stunning statement.

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Vogue living

Vogue living

Image credit: Designed by Thom Filicia

This stylish wood-paneled library by Thom Filicia is a sophisticated balance of masculine and feminine.

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Wood coffer ceiling

Wood coffered ceiling

Image credit: Midwestern Wood Products Co.

Got big bucks to spend? A wood coffer ceiling can add stunning architectural detail to a library.

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Build into the wall

Build into the wall

Image credit: Lonny Magazine

Short on space? Take a cue from this tiny library designed by Michele Bonan for an Austrian ski lodge and store your books in a wall nook.

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Moody blue

Moody blue

Image credit: Designed by Jan Showers

Go bold with a blue library and coordinating window treatments. Colorful furniture and accents keep the room from getting too dark.

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Design is in the details

Design is in the details

Image credit: Viceroy Santa Monica

Rumor has it that designer Kelly Wearstler handpicked almost all of the 2,000 books displayed on these diagonal shelves.

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Take a splash

Take a splash

Image credit: Joshua Simpson

If you love reading books while soaking in the tub, take a cue from writer Michael Cunningham's library bathroom. It's a bookworm's paradise.

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To the ceiling

To the ceiling

Image credit: Designed by Katie Ridder

Built-in shelving taken all the way up to the ceiling can make the room feel enormous, even with a massive collection of books.

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Media room

Media room

Image credit: Designed by Thom Filicia

We're not sure what's more impressive about this room — the numerous awards or the fabulous purple trim.

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Bring out your inner child

Bring out your inner child

Image credit: Jenny Komenda Interiors

This living room by interior designer Jenny Komenda, the voice behind Little Green Notebook, is filled with colorful objects, instruments and comfy seating. It's like a playroom for adults.

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In the nursery

In the nursery

Image credit: Elizabeth Sullivan Design

Teach your tot the joy of reading early on by building a kid-friendly book wall.

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Multipurpose

Multipurpose

Image credit: Designed by Jan Showers

This library space does duty as an office, eating surface, TV room and art gallery wall.

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For serious booklovers

For serious book lovers

Image credit: Siemasko + Verbridge

This massive library was part of a renovation on a house that had been previously neglected for 50 years.

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