“We’re not sure if ‘we’ would want all these books in our Dining Room, but it is an interesting concept. We do like the look and feel of the one with the antique green paint and exposed beams”
Ed Johnson & Denise Buck – DC Metro Realty Team
The dining room is a prime location for scholarly pursuits, as it often contains the largest table in a home. Dining tables are perfect for perusing oversized atlases and art books, and can easily host culinary and literary masterpieces alike. Here’s a collection of 11 bibliophile-worthy dining rooms that are (leather) bound to impress — along with one that lightheartedly nods to the reading life.
This farmhouse dining room in New York, designed by Kate Johns, includes bookshelves painted dark gray with an orange beadboard backing. The room has industrial lighting, a wood table with a steel base and molded plastic chairs.Chairs: Eames molded plastic; pendants: Eugene, Visual Comfort Lighting Store
This Katie Lydon-designed dining room in a Manhattan penthouse features a chandelier composed of martini glasses, framed art hanging from the bookshelf and a flourish of drizzled paint topping the dark hardwood floors.
A wall of built-in bookshelves designed byMcKinney York Architects graces this contemporary dining room in Austin, Texas. A library ladder on wheels allows the homeowners to easily reach books on the top shelves. The room’s sculptural chandelier was created by local artists.Discover 10 great ways to use library ladders in your home
This traditional dining room in Charleston, South Carolina, was designed by Bill Huey + Associates. Olive green bookshelves line the walls and are chock-full of books and intrigue — note the hidden door.
Large windows and a custom skylight created by Cider Press Woodworks make for a bright farmhouse dining room. The antique dining table and chairs are family heirlooms, and the chandelier was a custom creation.
The custom bookshelves in this hip Austin, Texas, dining room designed by Furman + Keil Architectscreate a wall separating the space from the kitchen. The bookshelves include an alcove for a dining bench, along with storage and an integrated wine rack.Bookshelf paint: Porpoise, Sherwin-Williams; chandelier: Circular 5, Niche Modern; dining table: Atlantico; chairs: Wegner Wishbone
By Bryan Anthony, HOUZZ Editorial Staff