The hectic pace of modern life is taking a huge toll on our time-table. As we continue to stretch the work days longer, any free time you get for yourself is precious. How you spend that time has a huge impact on the quality of your life and well-being.
If you, like me, love reading, you will need a quiet corner for yourself. Every home has a book corner, with some having an entire room devoted to books. Home libraries is one of the most cherished spots in the house, and has a special connection with every member of your house. Be it a dangerous adventure with pirates, or the discovery of a deep philosophical journey, everyone will have spent some great moments of unfiltered joy in the home library.
If you have decided to convert a room or a corner into you home library, you have a beautiful and relaxing journey in front of you. When it comes to decorating a home library, you have to take into account the tastes and preferences of every member of the household. Every aspect has to be thought out carefully, especially elements that have direct impact on the overall ambience of the room.
What are the Essentials of a Home Library Setup?
There are a few essentials that you need to get together to complete your home library set up.
The Location: Scouting for a good spot for your home library is very important. Any available space would not do. You need somewhere that is away from the hustle-and-bustle of a regular household. You don’t want any distractions when you have immersed yourself in a book. You will also need loads of natural light and warmth to spend long hours in the library.
The Storage: You need to think of your storage solution carefully. Is it enough to accommodate all your books? Does it have enough space for more books? You need to address many such questions when you select a shelving unit for your library. If space is an issue, try to utilize the wall space. You can also fit in a shelve behind the door or under the benches. No matter where you decide to put the shelves or how many of them you need, make sure that they are strong enough to withstand the weight of books. Afterall, books are pretty heavy.
The Seat: A library has to have some comfortable seats. All you need to decide is what kind of seating arrangement you would like for your room. Do you need single chairs, recliners, sofas, or a study table? You need to select seats that would allow you to read for hours without causing any discomfort.
The Perfect Atmosphere: This is bit where you need to put your personal touch. Every one of us has a different idea regarding what constitutes the perfect atmosphere. But most of us would agree that adequate light, ventilation, and proper insulation is a must for any library. The accessories that you use to decorate your library can also contribute to the overall comfort of the room. Lights, window blinds, musical system, and other items will contribute in creating the perfect atmosphere for your library.
How to Select a Window Covering for Your Library
Getting together a home library is a dream-come-true for a lot of us. So, when it comes to decorating it, don’t hold back. You can decorate your library to reflect your unique artistic taste. It could be modern, traditional, crisp, or cozy with wooden furniture. Window blinds will take the central stage in creating a comfy book-cave for yourself. Let’s look at some window blinds that are perfect for home libraries.
Wooden blinds are simply too elegant and grand to resist. If you are looking to dress up your library in a traditional décor, wooden blinds might be just what you are looking for. Wooden blinds also match well with wooden shelves. Wooden blinds go beautifully with both leather and fabric furniture, and can be also included with a contemporary décor. There is something about the wooden look that just never goes out of style.
The thick materials of these blinds make them both durable and multi-functional. Wooden blinds are great for insulation, light-filtering, and noise cancellation. When the slats are closed, they offer great insulation and privacy. When you need a bit of light, open the slats and position them as required. The slats can be partially opened to cut off the glare and preserve the privacy. If the neighbourhood noise starts distracting you, just close the slats and enjoy the noise cancellation that it brings.
If you wish for a greater blend of privacy and light-filtering, go for zebra blinds. These blinds come in attractive combination of stripes of sheer and solid vanes. While the sheer vanes let in a lot of light and filters the glare, the solid vanes provide partial privacy and insulation. The best thing about these blinds is that you can align the solid slats to cut off light completely. This feature works great when the night sets in and the natural light is replaced by indoor lights.
Solar Blinds and Curtains
If you love the view and enjoy the sun, go for solar blinds. These blinds cut off the light and fill the room with a mystical glow of the sun. With these blinds, you can also enjoy the beautiful view outside. These blinds would allow you to be part of the scenery, awash in the gentle glow of the sun. Solar blinds also provide great privacy, as the blinds look opaque from the outside. At night, the story is different, as the indoor lights make the blinds transparent. For that reason, pair your solar blinds with curtains and get the best of both worlds. The curtains not only provide great privacy, they also insulate the room and cut off light.
Maximize the role of windows in your library with the proper window treatments and set the right tone for your favorite room in the house.