When you live a busy life, half an hour on your own with a good book in hand becomes a luxury. And there’s nothing more relaxing and comfortable than creating a small reading nook where you can escape with your favourite novel. Read our tips on how to create a restful reading nook in your home.
Where are you likely to feel most relaxed? In your bedroom or the living room, or perhaps the spare room/study? It’s important to place your reading nook away from noisy areas and places where you usually work, otherwise it’ll be easy to get sucked into activity again. The corner of a room is great because you can make it as private or as open as you like. Or, better yet, near a window so you can bask in natural light and enjoy a view when you turn the page.
Everything revolves around the kind of seating you choose, so think carefully about how you’d like to relax in your reading nook. Do you want an armchair you can sink into or would you prefer a big bean bag with lots of pillows?
If you’ve got the space, buy a chaise lounge so you can spread out and put your feet up for the ultimate comfort. Alternately, this adjustable lounge chair from Temple & Webster can be arranged either as a mattress, a high-backed chair or a low-backed chair — which is ideal if you like to switch things up.
If you want to relax in your nook at night, you’ll need both a great reading lamp as well as ambient lighting to create a calming atmosphere. Opt for an adjustable floor lamp which you can place behind your chair or to the side, and direct the light as needed. To create the best mood lighting, buy a small side table with drawers (for all your stationery and spare books) and a desk lamp with decorative shade.
Surround yourself with textural things that give you comfort. Think plush throws or knitted blankets and soft pillows in the patterns and colours which make you feel safe and warm. According to colour psychology, blue hues create a feeling of calm contentedness, while warm yellow tones evoke warmth and happiness.
One of the most important elements of creating a reading nook is ensuring it feels like a different space to the rest of the room. A rug is a good boundary marker, and if you’re creating the nook in your bedroom you can use your dresser to block off one side. If you’re light on furniture, however, purchase some adhesive hooks to stick high up on your walls or on the ceiling if you can reach, and you can buy easy-to-hang curtains from Ikea.
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