How to create a cozy reading nook
January 9, 2019
Winter is a perfect time to create a cozy space to curl up with that great book you've been wanting to read. You don't need a spare room to do this, a small area in your living room, sunroom, or master bedroom can be perfect. Alternative spaces to convert might be an unused formal dining room or a spare closet (this can work great for children's rooms). Where you put this space depends on if you're seeking a spot of solitude or you prefer an open, airy space close to family.
No matter the space, key elements to consider include:
- Variable Lighting - a mix of lighting works best so consider table and floor lamps, pendant lighting, and small reading or task lamps. The pendant light Hancock by Arteriors is a great option. Or a slender and sleek floor lamp like the Maple Floor Lamp by Flow Décor is perfect to tuck under or next to a chair providing direct light for reading. Swing arm lamps such as Arteriors Padma Sconce can also be terrific to provide needed light.
- Seating and cozy Chairs - benches like the Cyan Design Ushanka Bench can be used for window spaces or against a wall, or choose a bench with drawers to give you extra storage. A chair large enough to curl your legs up into is the ultimate so try not to get a chair that the seat area is too small or arm rests too big. Alternatively, you can add a foot stool such as this Fabulous Stool by Cyan Design to rest your legs and feet comfortably.
- Accent / Drink Tables - this element is a priority so that you won't have to get up once you've settled in to read. You don't need anything too large, just enough space to hold a beverage, perhaps a phone or ipad, and maybe some reading material. Check out this Cyan Design Moon Shot Side Table or the Grimes table from Arteriors.
- Bookcases / Bookends - there is a wide range of bookcase solutions from pretty pieces of furniture to wall mounted shelving, or even a rolling cart that could double as both a bookcase and a drink table, like the Desmond Cart by Cyan Design. Add a set or two of sturdy, inspirational, or whimsical book-ends to anchor the books. You can even add some great color with bookends like the Marathon Boy set handmade in Greece from Sophia.
- Color & Comfort - if you love the traditional library look use leather, tweed and wool fabrics in earthy palettes such as brown, blue, green, and red. But you can also use soft or bold colors and cheerful prints to have fun with this new space, don't limit yourself. Add a pillow or two like these colorful ones from Jules Pansu Douanier, Arlette and Alphonse, or Picota and a throw to finish it off to make it cozy and comfortable.
Reference: Melissa Rayworth's Associated Press column "Ask a Designer" Featured image: Arteriors Home.