After the hectic build-up to the festive season, you deserve to relax and enjoy the holidays. And what better way to indulge in some much-needed self-care than creating a cosy reading nook? Curl up with a good book, chat to friends on your phone and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in your new favourite spot.
Here are some easy ways to create a reading nook, no matter what size or shape your home is:
Optimise natural light
A window area, especially one with a nice view, can easily be transformed into a reading nook. Not only will this save space, it will give you a healthy dose of natural light. Finish your page, sit back and enjoy the scenery. If you don’t have a wide ledge or banquette, simply position a bench by your view. Add comfy cushions and you’re ready to relax!
Get creative with your space
Even in a small home, there are plenty of options to create a chic and comfortable nook. Under the stairs, an attic or even a closet can be transformed into a cosy hideout with seating, lamp and soft furnishings. And any empty corner can become a reading nook, too. Rattan chairs are very popular right now and they’re small enough to fit in even the most awkward spaces. Cult Furniture has a chic range of rattan chairs in different styles and colours.
Add a bookcase
A library of your favourite novels is the perfect accessory for your new reading nook. When you’ve finished a book, you can simply reach for another. Flank your nook with a built-in bookcase, stack books under your seat, or install some floating shelves. Check out Tylko.com for funky bookcases and wall storage options.
Zone it with a new colour
If you’ve a large or open-plan room, it’s a good idea to set your reading area apart from the rest of your space by painting it in a different colour. Open-plan spaces tend to have several activities taking place within them, and zoning an area for each one means the space won’t feel confused or cluttered.
Ramp up the comfort level
Your reading nook isn’t just for reading. It can be the place for you to unwind and recharge, and even to sneak in the odd nap! Optimise comfort with an overstuffed chair and an ottoman to rest your feet on, or go for a chaise lounge so you can recline in style. Create a cocoon with gauzy curtains, and layer faux fur rugs and plenty of cushions and throws. Take a look at Cox & Cox’s range of luxe soft furnishings for more inspiration.
Make it personal
Make your nook into your own personal haven with meaningful accessories and treasures. Create a gallery wall of family photos, your favourite collection or some much-loved souvenirs. Surrounding yourself with your favourite things means when you put down your book, you can let your mind wander and revisit happy memories.