Some would say that reading books, as in holding the actual book in your hands, is a dying activity. With tablets, smartphones, and e-book subscriptions, turning the paper pages of the latest novel is something to be missed, for sure.

So, why not create a space in your home that’s a “no tablet zone” — one that invites family and friends to select a book from the shelf and get cozy in a chair for a couple of hours? Here are some ideas to inspire you to create a home library that’s a welcome space for everyone.

Updated classics

This space is full of natural light and bookshelves for all your favorites. A farm table in the center of the room is reminiscent of a traditional library and invites you to sit down and peruse your selections. The loveseat and side chair by the large picture window provides a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

White paint, trim, and shelves built around the windows give this library an open, spacious ambiance.

Colors that pop

Libraries don’t have to be dark and impersonal. Make yours pop with vibrant colours and contrasting furniture. This room offers a nice balance between the dark, traditional bookcases, the light grey walls, and the light-colour furniture.

The gold overhead light fixture adds a touch of whimsy and a nod to mid-century modern design. Take a seat by the window to read your favorite book while enjoying the view.

Personalized reading and workspace

A built-in desk with a view is a great addition to any home library. Clean, modern lines and wall-papered bookshelves are a lovely showcase for all your favorites. Sit at the desk and gaze outside while you read, draw, or contemplate life. The dark wood floor provides a solid footing for the comfy, plush, blue chair that echoes the color in the rug and the bookshelves, nicely tying all the design elements together. Drawers and cabinets keep the space tidy and organized.

High ceilings and natural light abound

The high ceilings and brick wall in this room are the perfect backdrop for a home library, complete with a comfy sofa for lounging. Adults and kids alike can enjoy spending time in this spacious literary haven. Climbing the ladder for books on the top shelf is a fun feature to have at home, too. And, giant globe light fixtures perfectly fill the overhead space.

Industrial reading room and workspace

While this two-story library isn’t a technology-free zone, we can’t resist it. This home office/library has everything you need to enjoy a good book by the fire or write the next best-seller. The spiral staircase design and loft area are open and light, providing an industrial backdrop that still feels warm and personal.