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The home library decor, while once reserved for only the extremely wealthy, are become a popular luxury and are showing up in many custom-built homes. Like any other room, the design of the spaces can range from Old World Traditional to Modern or Funky Contemporary. No matter which style you choose, some basic components will need (or at least highly recommended) to make the space complete and functional.

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The home library decor is not only a place for storing books. It can also serve a function of home office or study room

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A little planning there are plenty of attractive ways to store books; no matter how limited is your space. A dedicated room is ideal, lining an entire wall in the living room or hallway with bookshelves can look dramatic and will allow you to store a huge number of books. In short, wherever you can find the space. Consider floating shelves attached to the wall – they take up minimal space. Stacked with vertical volumes, the shelves can create a stunning look and, because they‘re a permanent fixture, you can’t take them with you if you move. A freestanding bookcase will move to suit your changing needs and often have adjustable shelves to accommodate more books. A well-proportioned bookcase will very space efficient, taking up little floor space while storing many books.

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You can always store your books on the spare walls or under the staircase where you can also organize a little reading space for yourself. Alternatively, create symmetry in a living or dining room using the interior designers’ trick of framing a fireplace or large artwork with a pair of bookcases. Most books are narrow and therefore perfect for those awkward areas such as landings and the corners of your room.

Work out how many books you need to store, and measure them before you invest in new shelving. A standard bookshelf is generally 250 mm in-depth, which fits a single row of average-sized books. The thumb rule is that all books visible and therefore only row deep is the best shelving

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The room should have a certain temperature and relative humidity to keep books safe from destruction and deterioration. So probably basements and other damp places are not suitable areas for a home library decor.

The bookshelves will furnish with a sofa, armchairs, desk, and ladder if the bookshelves extend to the ceiling. The color scheme should not be irritating or too distracting one.

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Lighting is also a very important item of your home library decor

The lighting should be bright enough but not blinding. You can have one pendant light and a couple of table or floor lamps that would give you a bit more focused illumination for healthy reading. Effective use of daylight cut energy consumption and make the library feel more human and less institutional. However, uncontrolled daylight will a source of glare and can damage sensitive materials. North-facing windows where direct sun entering reading areas, adjustable window coverings should give to optimize illumination.

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