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Tudor library room update

I recently shared the living room mood board for one of my e-design clients. Another space in her home that I got to help with is her sunroom, a charming small room off the living room and back entry room with big leaded glass windows on two sides and built-in bookcases on another. It's going to be a "library" space for her and her family and the design just clicked as we were talking about it and as I got to sourcing!

The home was built in 1926 and has a lot of special architectural features, like this little room and the incredible windows. This room was used as a TV room by the previous owners, but my client is a reader and wanted a cozy low couch (lower than the windows, which start 31" up) and really comfortable vibe. Here's what I came up with!

Tudor Library Room Update

This room will get not only a new look, but a new purpose! It will be great as a reading area and will feel so different with just a few new pieces and paint color. We talked about:

  • Remove curved element, repaint bookshelves same ivory color
  • Low sofa or armchairs
  • Floor lamp or side table with lamp
  • Square rug, modern pattern
  • Paint walls a dark/dramatic/saturated shade, like green. My client liked the green of Anna Smith's kitchen island, basically Benjamin Moore Cushing Green (HC-125) 
  • Ceiling fan update

Here are some examples of shelves with a dark wall color behind or nearby. She certainly could go darker with the green paint, so get some swatches and try it out, but I think Cushing Green is a beautiful, warm color that would work great!


All of the sofas below are 31" tall or lower. Lots of options, actually.

Most of these rugs are 7-8' square. My client had mentioned she was thinking a more modern rug, but I came up with a couple scenarios that use a more traditional (but colorful) one with a plainer sofa that I think still look contemporary and would look great with the room.

I found some fun floor lamps for this room, too. And, some fan options; these are affordable and will really update the space and look good with the new green.

Mood Boards

I just couldn't choose one look! Here are two combinations--bold sofa plus more neutral modern rug, or calmer sofa plus colorful rug. She could mix and match any from the larger collage above and I think it would work well, though.

Statement sofa:

Neutral sofa:

I got an email from my client several weeks later with a photo of the room painted that beautiful saturated, deep green. So exciting!

Which mood board is your favorite--statement sofa or neutral sofa?!

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