The Serenity of Library Interior Design
Library Interior Design is a project that doesn't focus as much on creativity as a residential interior design project. The majority of libraries are done in contemporary styles, so the creativity is in the layout, color scheme and sound proofing.
The focus on all Library Interior Design is serenity. Making the area conducive to studying and reading is first and foremost in Library Interior Design. Comfort is a consideration, but you do not want to make someone so comfortable that they want to camp out in a library. Plus, if they are too comfortable, they might just fall asleep. Unfortunately, sleepy patrons frequent libraries much too often so bright color schemes and good lighting will help eliminate some of the exhausted patrons. But in general, the focus on Library Interior Design is on the gentle atmosphere.
First of all when designing a library interior, the designer must speak to the staff to determine the needs of the library and any specific elements which must take into consideration. For instance, is it a study library, a reading library, a children's library or a combination? The designer must always find out the needs and wants of the client before beginning a design project. Researching the history of the library, people flow and percentage of ethniticity is also a good idea.
Library Interior Designers, as all designers today, are required to make every design they execute handicap accessible. A color scheme and layout is the next element that should be devised. After these have been decided, then furniture, fabric, carpet, lighting and accessory manufacturers can be chosen. Key furniture and accessory elements in Library Interior Design include moveable shelving, reading tables, case goods, computer furniture, book stacks, seating, four-post shelving and book detection systems.
If a certain atmosphere is to be intertwined with the library interior design, then the colors, case goods, carpeting, lighting and some of the furniture should be incorporated into the overall design of the library interior. Of course, if the library interior design that you are creating is in a home, your overall concept will be noticeably different than a public, or a corporate private library. And it is always very helpful for any Interior Designer to be able to design a library interior from scratch with an empty, brand new library, then it is to refurbish a used library. However, any good Interior Designer will find Library Interior Design stimulating in whatever form their project begins.