August 9 is Book Lover’s Day, and to celebrate, this week we’re featuring gorgeous home libraries. These rooms hark back to a bygone era where gentlemen discussed Keats and Wilde with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a cigar in the other. Nowadays, they are the perfect place to curl up with “50 Shades of Grey” on your Kindle.
Read It and Weep
This stunning library looks like something you’d see in a French chateau, complete with antique law books, a gorgeous globe, a classic painting, a fireplace with a marble mantle, a chandelier and candelabras. The built-in bookshelves are framed by wall panels with custom details, soft lighting and warm hues that make the room instantly inviting. We’d love to read about Hemingway’s adventures in Spain on the plush chair by the fire.
This home library in San Antonio is the perfect place to brush up on some history with a great non-fiction book like “Three Roads to the Alamo.” But be sure to first pour yourself a glass of Bourbon at the wet bar in the next room. In this library, the books are the star of the show, thanks to the built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves. The red wall and ceiling panels, combined with the green light and array of titles, bring plenty of color to the otherwise all-wood room. A leather sofa, antique rug, wood-and-glass desk and a few classic paintings complete the look.
You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
You’d never guess that this home library is located in a contemporary Mediterranean-style home. The wood paneling on the walls and ceiling and a beautiful spiral staircase create a classic look. The windows look out beyond the cliffs to the Pacific Ocean below. We can imagine circling the banister deciding between “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” or “Moby Dick.”
One for the Books
It’s time to start building up your book collection – literally. The tall bookshelves in this home library require a ladder to get to the top. The room is a perfect complement to the home office, which is also covered in dark wood paneling. All it’s missing is a comfy place to curl up with some top-shelf literature.
Read Between the Lines
The all-white library in this Catalina Island estate retains the beach-chic vibe found in the rest of the home. A ladder leads to the second level, where there are even more bookshelves and a landing with space to lounge. It’s a great place to think, with a baby grand piano, classic sculpture and a coat of arms as décor. If you get bored of the scenery, you could take your book to the Moroccan-styled room in another part of the house, which is filled with luxe fabrics and sofas.
Are you in love? To schedule a tour of any of these homes for sale, get in touch with a Redfin real estate agent today. To see more homes for sale with amazing home libraries, check out the Redfin Collection “Study My Study.” Which library do you like the best? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or in the comments below.