Reading Room Decorating

If your collection of books challenges that of the British Library, a dedicated reading room will free up space elsewhere, and it’s perfect for those who don’t need a home office, but love to read and want a bolt-hole away from the bustle of the house.

The must-haves

• Assess exactly how many books you have, as getting a carpenter to build shelving is the best way to store them.
• Combine it with a music room or home office and make space for a sofa or chair bed so buyers can see how versatile the room is.
• Colours can be much more soothing and enveloping – think of a stately home palette of claret red, deep green or rich chocolate brown.
• Good lighting is crucial – decide on the layout that works with your space then factor in a wall light or standard lamp to illuminate the area.

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