For the bookworms among us, the idea of having a comfortable space within our homes to read within, one that not only supports the experience of wasting away an afternoon lost between pages but that actually enhances the experience, helping to immerse ourselves in the stories we pick up, is a dream. It is also an achievable dream. One that manifests in the form of a reading nook.
Creating a reading nook inside our homes requires a certain amount of planning. Simply finding the cosiest spot then adding books and blankets won’t be entirely enough to be worthwhile. There are other elements that come into play too. Not only interior design elements but practical considerations too. So, for those looking to take the plunge and begin dedicating a portion of their property to their literary hobby, we’re sharing a how-to guide on creating the perfect reading nook.
Light And Bright
A successful reading nook should be well illuminated at all times of the day. It is also best to incorporate as much natural light as possible, since this is much easier on our eyes, so be sure to choose a location with plenty of sunlight. Then, through the evening, you will want a soft and warm glow. Avoid overhead ceiling lights, since the illumination of an entire room can be too much during the later hours. Instead, choose cosier floor lamps or intimate spotlights for a more comfortable light that will help you to read until the end of the day.
To encourage longer periods of reading, a nook should be free from distractions. This means choosing a location within your home that is away from the noise of both external and internal influences. This means quiet spaces, free from noisiness, but also those areas free from digital distractions too. If a computer or television is nearby, it can act as a temptation, especially if it allows for pop-ups.
Getting comfortable is paramount for immersion. As is being able to remove yourself from the pressures and responsibilities of daily routine. Choose furniture that you can sink into and ensure the room is well-heated. Your interior design should support not only cosiness but your escapist intentions too. The stylings of log cabins and cottagecore decadence can be just what a room needs to help you remove your mind from professional and personal stressors, escaping into total comfort and narrative.
Your reading nook is also likely to be an area that showcases and stores your collection. As such, it is best to design a space that also offers storage for your books, preventing them from being left on the floor or tucked in corners. Free-standing shelves are a go-to solution but aren’t always practical, especially for small rooms. In such cases, modular furniture can be ideal, with some homes even turning to slatwall panels for their walls, with others building storage into their home’s design, such as those with books kept inside stairs.