Readers can get sucked into a good book wherever they are — they can read while walking, in a loud cafe, or a crowded beach. But the ideal spot to read? It’s where you can cosy up in complete silence, and really get lost in the words in front of you. Wouldn’t it be perfect if you had a whole corner of your house dedicated to quiet time, filled with the newest best sellers? An escape from the real world into a fantastical fictional one. The trick to creating a zen reading space is in the details of the design, and we’ve got them all laid out below!
1. Select Your Favourite Spot
Choose the corner of your house which is utterly your own, where you love spending time. It could be your bedroom, somewhere in your garden, the roof, or a spacious, central area. It depends on the kind of person you are, but makes all the difference. As long as you feel comfortable in the space, the rest comes easy.
2. Good Lighting
Lighting is essential for a reading nook. There’s nothing better than natural light, so selecting a corner next to a window is the best option. Otherwise you can add lamps — just make sure they aren’t too dim. You don’t want to strain your eyes! Similarly, harsh lighting can ruin the mood and make you feel like you’re in an office space.
3. Choose Comfortable Seating
Choosing the right seat is the most important part of your reading nook, because it can easily become your habitat for a few hours. If it isn’t comfortable, you’ve already lost. Reading should be relaxing! Think plush armchairs, a swing, a rocking chair, or a squishy bean bag to sink into.
4. A Sturdy Shelf
Once you have selected a reading spot and seat, it’s time to add a shelf to store all your books. Clutter can make your space disorienting and unappealing, so don’t pick a huge shelf. A mix between storage and style should be your cue. We recommend an open shelf! Wooden slabs attached to the wall can also do the trick.
5. Add Decorative Touches
No area is complete without adornments that reflect your personality. To make your reading nook more personalised, decorate it in whichever style you prefer. Whether that’s with your favourite scented candles, a vase of fresh flowers, framed photographs or paintings on the wall. If you want to keep it simpler, paint a wall in a soft hue to make the space more homey.
6. Add A Pop Of Colour
Give the area some depth and texture by adding embroidered or graphic pillows, or even a bright blanket. The only thing to keep in mind would be making sure the colours you’re using in the area complement one another and stay true to your vibe.