These Beautiful Reading Nooks Are Downright Dreamy
For many of us, fall has finally arrived. The leaves have begun to turn, the air is crisp, and the days are getting shorter. While summer is supposed to be one of the most relaxing seasons, the urge to take advantage of the warm weather can result in an overscheduled, hectic few months. Case in point: Between May and September, I averaged two or three trips per month. Now that autumn is settling in and the holidays are inching closer, all I want to do is nest at home. Nothing makes me feel more at home than curling up in sweats with a glass of wine and a good book. And creating the right environment is essential for fully vegging out. Read on to learn how to create the perfect reading corner in your own home, and get ready to relax.
If you have dead space in one of your rooms and can’t quite figure out what to do with it, consider turning it into an intimate space you can lounge in. In this bedroom, the angled ceiling adds visual interest to the room, but it also creates a bit of a design challenge. Placing a plush sofa in this corner provides the perfect spot to relax at the end of a long day. It also has the added bonus of making the space feel larger and more thoughtful, almost as if the sloped ceiling were added with that in mind.
Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to do with the corners in a room, so we often fall back on adding a tree, plant, or other sculptural item. But why not use it to add a touch more living space? We love the idea of using the corner to create a small, relaxing space perfect for kicking back with a good read. It’s also a great way to create a transition between two different rooms, as this space demonstrates.
This probably goes without saying, but the key to creating an inviting space where you can relax for hours on end is comfort. As this bedroom shows, with an overstuffed seat cushion, a few choice accent pillows in rich fabrics, and an ultra-soft throw, you can easily create a cozy moment.
Good lighting is critical in any room, but it’s especially important when creating a reading spot. Even if your nook is located next to a window or in a room that gets ample natural light, you’ll need the additional bulb once the sun goes down. A simple floor lamp will do, but why not get little more creative and add a wall sconce? Not only will it serve a practical purpose by providing task lighting, but it’s also an opportunity to add an eclectic touch to your space to give it a more layered feel. Here, the mix of a modern sconce with a vintage chair does just that.
What is a long reading session without a lovely glass of wine? Having a spot within arm’s reach to set down your drinking glass will make it that much easier for you to chill out uninterrupted. Plus, including a small side table will make your reading nook appear more polished, thoughtful, and complete.
Where do you like to relax at home? Share with us in the comments.