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Adding a Mini Library in the Guest Room

Create a Soothing, Comfortable Space with Calm Colors, Sturdy Furniture, and Tasteful Accessories

© 2011 by Alyssa Davis all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

Old bookshelves in a home library, photo courtesy Sbrools

A guest room is one of the most versatile spots in a house. It can serve the sole purpose of guest retreat or it can double as a variety of other spaces. One great way to use a guest room space for another purpose is to incorporate a library area into the room.

Adding a mini library in the guest room is a wonderful way to treat guests to a relaxing atmosphere, while providing the homeowners with an everyday nook for escaping into a good book.

Choose Lighter Soothing Room Colors

Since the room will be doubling as a guest room as well as a library, it’s important to decorate the space with calm, soothing colors. Bright, bold reds and yellows are out, while soft, soothing butter cream and warm grays are in. If the room’s furniture is already established, try to include colors that coordinate with it.

If you are at a loss for the perfect color, start with an Oriental area rug and choose one of the lighter, calm colors in the design for paint for the walls. Remember that the color of the room is just as important for creating a restful space as the books and guest furniture in the room.

Use Sturdy yet Comfortable Furniture

When adding a mini library in the guest room, furniture from other areas of the house may be pulled into use. A little used chair from the living room or an old bookcase from a play room can be re-purposed and used to make the space feel more comfortable.

If using furniture already in the home, make sure that the pieces are sturdy, but above all, supremely comfortable and cozy. No one will spend time in the mini library if the chairs are hard and the lighting is dim.

If the furniture will all be new, look for an oversized chair and ottoman that will fit in the room without being overpowering. A loveseat that transforms into additional sleeping space is also a great idea, especially if families with small children frequently come to stay.

The fabric of the furniture should be soft and inviting, but also durable. Investing in quality pieces will result in furniture that lasts longer and will continue to look great in the guest room space.

Style with Accessories & Books

Every library, even mini ones, has accessories. For a guest room mini library the key elements are good lighting and an uncluttered look. The lighting can be achieved with wall mounted reading lamps and a standing floor lamp or two that directs the light down toward the reading area.

An uncluttered appearance is easily achieved by keeping books neat and tidy and placing any small items in covered baskets on the shelves or next to the reading chair.

The selection of books in the room is also important. Choose books that are of the most interest to you. If you know that a guest is fond of a particular author, have one of his books sitting on the nightstand or propped up on the bookshelf. Consider who will be using the room the most and stock the shelves accordingly. An eclectic variety of books is always a good choice.

Adding a mini library in the guest room will make book-loving guests feel right at home. They will enjoy being able to choose a book to read in bed, without having to traipse through the house looking for one. Homeowners will also enjoy the private space after guests have gone. A mini library is the perfect addition for an in-house retreat.

About the author:

Home design expert, Alyssa Davis of, is particularly skilled in designing with scroll metal wall art and black metal wall art.

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