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Are you designing a vintage library and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Storage Books designed by Taylor Grysiewicz
Storage BooksDesigned by Taylor Grysiewicz
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Texas Clear CutDesigned by Ashley Fuchs
Version 2 designed by Henal Shah
Version 2Designed by Henal Shah
Untitled designed by Jenna O'Brien
UntitledDesigned by Jenna O'Brien
Bedroom Mood Board designed by Ann Pellegrino
Bedroom Mood BoardDesigned by Ann Pellegrino

Design tips for decorating a vintage style library

Here’s how to achieve the vintage aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a vintage library?

The design of your workspace can be as crucial to your productivity as your morning cup of coffee. Whether you're carving out a corner in an open-concept living room or in the process of a remodel to create a dedicated library space, these are our tips to help you create a space that works (pun intended) for you:

  • Desk & Chair: The cornerstone of any office, your desk provides a designated workspace for your computer, monitor, books, and other essentials. It often serves as the focal point of an office or study, so place it where it best suits your workflow, ideally near natural light to boost mood and productivity.
  • Bookshelves or Storage: Every library needs storage. The material you choose for your storage can really help lean into the desired vintage style of your workspace.
  • Seating: Extra seating options, like an accent armchair, or sofa can add a cozy touch and provide a spot for guests or a change of scenery for you. Position these to encourage conversation without disrupting your work zone.
  • Area Rug: An area rug adds warmth and can define a workspace within a larger room. Place it under your desk and chair to anchor the space, ensuring it's large enough to allow for easy chair movement.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the library and complements the vintage style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall behind the desk to serve as a focal point.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. A desk lamp is common for those late work nights burning the midnight oil. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the library. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Remember, the best library design is one that reflects your personal work style and needs. Experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Home Office Design.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a vintage library design?

The vintage interior design style is a nostalgic nod to the rich history and diverse aesthetics of the 20th century, dwelling in the sweet spot between the new (made within the last 20 years) and the antique (100+ years old). This style is defined by its mix of furniture and decor drawing from various decades. Eclectic vintage interiors blend various elements—textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors—all woven together to create an ambiance that is both familiar and endlessly intriguing.

To create a vintage aesthetic in your library, choose softer, muted tones and gentle pastels for your base color palette and layer in patterns, textures, and colors of yesteryears. At its heart, vintage design is about the stories that objects tell, each piece a memento of a bygone era. So get out of the house and on the hunt (who doesn’t love a vintage thrift find?).

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