Confessions of an Addict [28]: Can I Just Stay Here?


My library used to be dark and dingy. It was painted in brown and some sort of green that at one point was probably a good colour combination. As much as the books and the couch were good enough enticement to laze the day away, I found it hard to concentrate when I’m down there. I knew that all it would take is new colour on the walls and it would be the difference between a cave and a haven.

I suck at painting. I can tell you what accessories to use in your house, and how to pick a colour template based on a single object but I have the abilities of a kindergartener when it comes to painting the walls. Thankfully, my brother offered his services. Now, it’s my favourite room in the house. It’s so hard to leave and go to work when I have this place at home. It’s so serene and oh so divine.  I’m a huge fan of the minimalist movement. Some of you may know this, and some of you may not. But if you’re a hoarder, there’s no way that relationship would last. I thought that by painting the walls and the shelves white, I can at least achieve some semblance of a clean look. And I think I managed to do that handsomely.

The best thing about emptying my shelves was that  I was able to re-shelve them in a way that I’ve always planned to do. The left side of the shelves are YA and the right side are for Adult Fiction. I also managed to find my Penguin Classics collection its proper home. While organizing my shelves, I was astounded by how many books I have that remain unread. The number is astronomical. Another reason why keeping away from the bookstore is a good idea. I’m working through my addiction, aka, my hoarding tendencies. If I can just remember that there’s another wall-to-wall bookshelves in the basement full of books, then I’ll be okay.

I’m taking it one day at a time.


Do you have any plans of redecorating your reading room? If so, what do you want to achieve?

  • So so beautiful! Can I live there too? Haha

  • Wow, it looks brilliant Joy! I don’t really have a reading room right now, but I plan to when I move out and get my own place. I think I actually like the pop of brown from the before picture, but the all white shelves does make the room look a lot brighter and more relaxing!

  • Christy

    Looks great, Joy. The brown does look cozy, but the white looks very clean.

  • It looks so gorgeous and clean now! (And oh my gosh your floor is so shiny.) I agree that it all being white makes the amount of stuff on the wall seem like less. Hopefully one day I’ll have somewhere so beautiful to keep my books! As of now, it’s stuffed shelves in my bedroom. 🙂

  • The room looks fantastic! I wish I had such a beautiful library!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • WOW, it’s beautiful!

  • YAAY 😀 I love this so so much. <3 Thank you for sharing Joy. Sigh. I want this room of yours, hih. <3 it looks so so good with the white 🙂 You are awesome. And ACK! THE BOOKS. So much love. I hope you will spend a lot of time in this room now, hih 🙂

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always wanted shelves around around our television. Well, we do have them, but they’re made of glass so I can’t put my books there. >_< Sad, I know. I totally know how you feel about having all those unread books, though. I think my unread books count is around 100/300. 🙁 We'll read all our books some day, Joy. ^_^

  • I’m horrible at painting as well, Joy! It all ends up in my hair. So many rooms I need to do a re-do on, but I need to make the time not to mention the cost involved. Your space looks very tranquil, I wouldn’t want to leave it either! 🙂

  • STUNNING! I love the white and the beautiful book-rainbow! You (and your brother) did a brilliant job! Great organization too… I wish I had a “reading room” – I can’t complain, I do have built-in shelves in our finished basement, but I’m always left stranded around the house for reading time. I need to get myself a comfy chair… and I know what you mean about that huge pile of unread books! I reorganized my shelves yesterday – divided my YAs/Adults/MGs and graphic novels now too… I thought I was going to be able to create a TBR shelf, lol!

  • AMAZING!! OH, I love it!! Ha ha, I don’t have a reading room. 🙁 I have a little library (very little)…and that’s pretty much all. Which is crazy coz I have even more books than you do! Many are in boxes. SIGH.

  • looks great. I don’t have a reading room but we are starting to find places to stash bookcases and get them out of boxes

  • Oooh that room is my dream! It’s lovely! I have only one bookshelf right now and I cram my books in cupboard drawers etc. Pathetic, I know 😛 Enjoy your room on my behalf too! 😀
    Book Maniac Reviews

  • It looks absolutely gorgeous and so very relaxing! I have no plans for redecorating (I just finished my appartment like, a year ago) but I did order a new reading recliner and I can’t wait for it to arrive. The colors are brick and petroleum. It will certainly brighten up my space.

  • I love this room!! I can totally see why you find sanctuary here, it’s beautiful. I also love the minimalist style and the white makes all the difference. I would kill for that wall of shelves with the fireplace. I hope to design my own house one day and you betcha I am going to have a wall of bookshelves. Lovely!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Lovely!

  • Joy your library looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I have to agree the bright white gives it a much better effect. I certainly would have a hard time leaving for work in the morning too. My books are currently crammed onto two bookshelves, I really need a bigger case, as I’m double stacking at the moment 🙁

  • So pretty — love the fireplace! I redid my living room last year — got a very comfy couch that was too big to fit into my elevator. It couldn’t get in any way except being disassembled and re-assembled. Awful, but worth it — now the dog and I both have room to sprawl out and read.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I think it looks gorgeous Joy! I wouldn’t want to leave either, especially on a bright sunny day when the reading light is perfect or at night when it is chilly and the fireplace is on. 😉


    I have a few rooms that need redecorating still but I did just do my dining room and living room which was a huge improvement! We do need to paint the whole inside of the house again. It has been a few years and things are starting to get dinged and scratched.