In this age of the Kindle and Tablet are we are getting a glimpse into a future where books don't exist? I hope not, it would be an absolute tragedy as far as I am concerned, I simply cannot imagine a home without books.
So let's celebrate book ownership and remind ourselves how much we love them - not just for their content or nostalgic and emotional properties but also how their pure display can enrich our lives through adding aesthetic value to our space.
The image above makes perfect use of it's lofty ceiling height with the cabinetry (and requisite library ladder), balancing out what could be top heavy with the display shelves wrapping around the corner. This works beautifully in a space that is obviously high, but also generous in space to enable the design not to dominate.
We have seen book shelves going above doorways - here are a couple of contrasting ways to make this work! Notice how the colour in the more traditional design is used across the space, from the cabinetry through to the sofa, architraves and even tonally on the floor giving a cocoon-like environment to the room.
This white bookcase by interior Designer Diane Bergeron for her own home, is both practical and a main feature in the space, particularly because of the grid-like structure provided by both the window frame and cabinetry, the clean white tones throughout, giving the focus on the metallic chairs and the colourful spines on the books.
Black can be used to great effect too - creating depth and enabling other accents in the room to pop.
Of course lighting can be a fantastic addition to your shelving - especially when the bookcases are not over-filled (tempting as that may be!) and you are able to maintain that tricky balance between utilitarian and decorative elements! We love how this wraps around leading you into the next room.
For those among us who have a touch of OCD (you know who you are!) then colour coding your books will seem normal - and I have to say it looks really effective.
Have you got a preference on how to best use and display your own book collection?