Bookcases and Home LIBRARIES to lust over

'Tis the season to curl up with a good book..

Given up the booze, the Quality Street, rib-eye steaks or your favourite Danish blue; allergic to the cold or just want to clear the credit card? Whatever – it’s a good time to take your mind off it and spend the dark evenings delving into those novels you didn’t get to finish on holiday last year or the latest best-sellers unwrapped on Christmas Day.

Even better is a dedicated space for weighty tomes, literary classics and favourite reads.

Whether you have the space for an entire room, intend to use a section of one, or create a library-come-cinema or music room, built-in bookcases make great use of alcove space either side of a chimney breast, while modular shelving is versatile and can be taken with you each time you move, or swapped from room to room when you fancy freshening things up.

Choosing a paint colour for built-in shelves that’s the same as the walls will create a calm, cohesive look that’s easy on the eye. Include the ceiling too for a cosy, cocooning effect. Take inspiration from the soothing shades and bold hues in the examples that lie ahead.

If a whole wall of books is a tad over-whelming (so many waiting for you to get through!), staggering the shelves at different heights and widths will allow you to break up the space with vases, plants and quirky objet d’art to let your personality shine through – and will create easy sections for different categories.

Rooms with high ceilings look particularly fabulous with floor-to-ceiling shelving systems lined with colourful book spines and interesting titles – like the one below beautifully complemented with a vintage ladder, so the top shelves can easily be reached. It was the long ladder, that in fact, inspired the space.

Enjoy – it’s time to be well read, rather than well fed.

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