If you’re picturing dark leather, mahogany, and low lighting at the thought of a home library, you’re probably not alone. But for Kathleen Edwards and her husband Scott, designing the library of their newly renovated Charleston home was the perfect opportunity to redefine such a space.
According to Kathleen, the couple envisioned a room that would serve as both Scott’s home office and a place for the couple to relax. So they teamed up to create a unique look that combines old-world with new-world and form with function. Here’s how they did it.
Don’t Skimp on Quality
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in a room, make sure to choose furniture that will wear well with age and use. Kathleen focused on soft and stylish, yet durable pieces – a velvet sofa and genuine leather chair. For her, there’s no going wrong with natural materials.
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Make sure the furniture and décor you select feels special to you. Kathleen and Scott spent a lot of time collaborating on details, such as arm height, material color, and decorative trim. In fact, Kathleen worked closely with furniture designers to customize the leather chair and ottoman for the space.
Make Sure it “Works”
If you do intend to make your library function for both work and play, don’t forget to include an appropriate workspace in your design. A flat surface for setting up a laptop, seating, and plenty of storage (we love Kathleen’s built-in bookcases) are necessities.
Want to create a relaxing library space in your own home? Shop the look on our idea board.