When we first came across our beloved Marlene Hollywood Regency side tables in this room, they were on the cover of House Beautiful.
What a happy surprise! We fell head over heels for the design of this library, and not just because we saw our own wares in the space. Hague Blue is one of our all time favorite paint colors – it is, if you ask us, the perfect blue. Moody, deep, highly pigmented, strong, romantic. We could assign any number of adjectives to this paint style, and all would be true. When it comes to designing a library, moody and romantic are high on our list, so you can see why this room really fit the bill. However, library design isn’t just about the colors. It’s about creating a comfortable space that envelops you the moment you step through the doors, a space where you can kick off your shoes and lose yourself in a great book. This room achieves it thanks to the tone on tone color scheme: the walls match the sofa, which is covered in Schumacher’s blue velvet. Meanwhile, pops of gold adorn the space, from the Hollywood Regency side tables to the black and gold sconces on the walls.
Blue and gold isn’t exactly the most common of combinations, but we think it works pretty darn well here.
In fact, we’re adding the combo to our list of favorites. Who knew! If you’re looking to design a similar library, make sure you stick to that color scheme. It’s what makes this room. Of course, no well-designed library is complete without a comfortable sofa; we’re partial to the one above, though anything that’s oversized and soft will do. The spines of the books in your library (you will have real book in it, remember. That’s a must!) will do their part to bring in color, but if you’re sticking to one overall scheme, be sure to bring in texture and pattern as well. Here, the glossy paint plays off of the sofa velvet of the sofa, which features pillows that play off the amazing Indian fabric on the ceiling. Slightly bohemian, and a whole lot of chic, this room offers the perfect blueprint for your next library. Lessons in library design, indeed!