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If you’re lucky enough to have a formal dining room in your house, you already know what a lovely area it can be for hosting visitors and spending time with family. However, many people may not use their formal dining room as often as they’d like, especially if they tend to entertain guests in a more casual setting. But what if you could make this underused area a valuable and welcoming space that the whole family could use and enjoy? That’s where the idea of a dining room library combo comes in. Combining your dining room with a home library allows you to create a multi-functional space that serves as a place to dine, relax, work, and read. Today, we’ll explore how to create a dining room and library combined, focusing on adding bookcases to make a beautiful library dining room.
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A great way to make your dining room more functional is to transform it into a library and dining room combined. In addition to being a second study, it makes an excellent place for board games, puzzles, and even a cozy reading nook. With bookcases, comfortable seating, and playful decor, you can transform your underutilized dining room into a multi-functional space for the whole family.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Add Bookcases to your Dining Room
The focal point of any library is a bookcase, so start by including a few in your dining room. Make sure that the bookshelves you select, whether built-in or freestanding, fit the design of the dining room furniture. While shorter bookshelves might be effective in a smaller room, floor-to-ceiling bookcases can make a big statement in a larger room.
Incorporate a Dining Table
Even though it might seem simple, your dining room library combo must include a dining table. Choose a table that suits the area comfortably; consider getting a round table if the room is small. Remember to have seating for your visitors, such as chairs or a bench.
A library dining area must have comfortable seating. If you have the space, consider including a comfortable chair or chaise couch where you can relax while reading. Add a sofa or a few chairs around a coffee table if you want a cozy place to play board games or solve puzzles. If you don’t have the space, consider adding upholstered dining chairs.
Incorporate Playful Decor and Colour
A library dining room can be a mix of wood and neutrals like mine. Alternatively, inject colour into the space with your book covers, wall art, or even the chairs around the table. A bold rug can also add some character to the room. I plan to add wallpaper to my dining room walls – once I find the perfect one! This will elevate the space but add a cozy factor as well.
Lighting is Key
Every room needs lighting, and a dining room and library combination is no different. Consider adding dimmer switches or a statement chandelier over the table for dinner parties. Also, consider installing reading lamps or library sconces in the dining room to draw attention to your bookcases.
My favourite place to indulge in a bit of designer lighting is in the dining room! This is a space that guests will see when they visit, and you can enjoy day-to-day too! Unlike a kitchen or living room, dining rooms have limited visual interest, so this is the perfect place to pick quality statement lighting since it will be the star of the space.
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Mix and Match Furniture
Mix and match your furniture to create a warm and eclectic atmosphere. Add one or two armchairs near your bookcase or an antique table to the dining room space. Add depth to the area by combining various textures and aesthetics.
By transforming your underutilized formal dining room into a library dining room combo with bookcases, you can create a multi-functional space for your whole family. A library dining room is an excellent way to maximize the space in your home, whether you want to use it as a cozy reading nook, a fantastic area for puzzles and board games, or an additional study. So why not give it a shot and see what you can do to make your dining area a place you’ll enjoy spending time in?
Yes, you can absolutely put a bookcase in your dining room! In fact, incorporating a bookcase into your dining room design is a great way to add functionality and style to the space.
Built-in bookcases are still in style (and likely won’t go out of style), especially in homes with a traditional or classic design aesthetic. They are a great way to add storage and character to a room while being practical.
To make your dining room stand out, consider adding a statement piece of furniture like a unique chandelier, a bold area rug, or an eye-catching piece of artwork. You can also play with colour, pattern, and texture to create a unique and inviting space.