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  • Turn That Den Into A Cozy Reading Library

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    With a new year comes a new look. If you're looking to update certain rooms in your house, consider turning the tiny reading den into a cozy library for your Sunday New York Times reading:

    If you are an avid reader, having a home library to display and enjoy your books probably sounds like a dream come true. When decorating this type of space, you want to create the right mood, so it becomes a room where you want to curl up with a book for a long afternoon. You can create a cozy mood for your home library by incorporating a few key elements that add warmth and comfort to the room.

    Warm Color Palette

    • Traditionally, library color schemes include dark, rich colors like hunter green, burgundy, navy and chocolate brown. You don't have to use such a dark color palette, but you should incorporate warm shades and earth tones to create a cozy, comfortable feel for your library. Opt for a sage green, tan or terracotta color for the walls. You can incorporate darker colors like burgundy, hunter green and chocolate brown as accent shades throughout the space for added dimension and warmth. If you prefer a brighter look for your library, use a cream or ivory shade on the walls instead of white to maintain a warm feel for the room.

    Wood Paneling

    • Wood paneling is another option for the walls in your home library. The warm, natural tones of the wood create a cozy, inviting look for the room and add texture to the walls. You can install your paneling from floor to ceiling on all four walls, but it may close in a small room. Instead, place the paneling on the lower portion of the wall, and paint the top portion in a warm color that complements the wood. Choose a stain for the paneling that matches any wood furniture in the space to tie the room together.

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