Ever since I moved to this apartment, I’ve felt like the living room was too big. Yep, I’m complaining about having too much space.
The first floor of my home is fairly open, which lends to the feeling of spaciousness. Since there isn’t a defined dining room area, you’re left to your devices to create one. Which I did in the past here. But even with this new dining area, I never used it. I still parked my tuckus at the coffee table, eating dinner there while watching my fave sitcom reruns.
A few months back, I’d bought a few HYLLIS bookshelves from IKEA. Originally I had them in the dining area, hoping to bring more of a lived-in energy there, to offset my lack of using the space, I suppose.
Then I got this urge to revamp my living room and turn it into a purer, lighter space. I did away with the aqua walls (Opal Silk by Behr) and painted them back to the beige they came in (Softer Tan by Sherwin Williams). I also moved the bookshelves into my living room, bought a big comfy armchair, floated my sofa, and bam! Instant coziness.
Placing the shelves on the long wall of the living room really helps ground the space. Plus, it gave me a challenge: bookshelf styling. Decorating bookcases is still a bit of a stumbling block for me, but I’m pretty happy with the result… at the moment. I dig how the shelves fill up so much space in this room.
The shelves are also great for storage, naturally. To add more of the “library” feel I used my magazine collection, neatly stored in KVISSLE magazine files. And because I’m such an IKEA-phile, I bought these round RADO glass lamps. They’re just the right amount of 70s chic, adding a touch of mod to the room. I also love the soft light they provide.
Since I arranged the books by color, I kept the decor low-key. I used only neutrals for the accessories and storage: white, gray, black, and brown. There’s a little bit of metallic touches from silver and gold, but just hints so they would flow with the natural aesthetic. And of course, my usual decorating MO: texture via plants, cork, wood, and stone.
Unfortunately, I don’t have proper “before” shots to give you a true sense of this aspect of the room’s makeover. Plus, I’m still in throes of this revamp, working on some DIY decor that will tie it all together. But I can definitely attest to this room feeling much more relaxed now, perfect for the nights I just need to snuggle and get my couch potato on.
Have you struggled with decorating bookshelves? Do you also love the coziness a home library adds to a room? What’s your reading area like?