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Bring Back the Home Library

While stories printed on wood pulp may be in decline, our passion for reading is not – or at least that’s what we hope.

In fact, there’s more reading material available than ever before, which is one of the many reasons why we need to bring back the reading room.

Reading Room History

“Reading rooms” in the historical vernacular were never common, and didn’t even originate in private homes. Beginning in the mid-19th century in the United Kingdom, village reading rooms were established by the wealthy for the proletariat – and attendance was often compulsory.

In other words, the concept of the reading room started out as a kind of library you had to attend if you were poor.

Not cool.

We’ve come a long way, though, and now going to the library is optional. It’s also optional whether you have your own reading room – or home library, in today’s lingo – and we think it’s a great choice.

Reading Room Style Tips

The freedom you have in designing a reading room is one of the best things about having one. This is a place where you can mold expectations rather than defy them, because there are very few people who can pretend to be an authority on what a home library should look like.

We might have ideas from TV and the movies: reading rooms as dark, brooding places with lots of old wood and worn leather. And, that’s a great option for a vintage look, but it’s easy to imagine other possibilities:

1. Light, Bright and Airy – More light and brighter colors can increase stimulation, whereas a dark home library can be a bit of a snore. 

2. High-Speed Connections – Your reading room can also serve as a digital media hub and study space; a place where it’s okay to let the wires and Wi-Fi run wild.  

3. Cozy Comfort – The reading rooms of old may have leaned toward the stuffy side, but yours can be as comfy as you want.

4. Useful Shelving – Imagine how the rest of your home would look if you had a depository for all of your books, magazines and media. It might not be spotless, but you’d always be a step ahead on cleaning day.

Use these tips and add your own for a unique home library experience, or ask the interior designers at Decorist for even more ideas about how to bring some literary flair to your lair. 

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