Settling down to read never gets old. However, searching the house for a quiet, comfortable place to read can be tedious. Why not create a cozy reading nook where you can escape with your favorite tomes?
Finding a Space
A reading space could be potentially anywhere. It might be an alcove in the living room, a seat by your bedroom window, at a desk, or in a restored attic. Wherever you choose, make sure it has ample room for a comfortable seat and somewhere to set your tea or coffee.
Peace and quiet might be the most sought-after staples of a reading area. Scout out the potential hideouts to see if they encourage tranquility, muffle noises, and are secluded from the hustle of the home.
Some people like to lounge while reading, some like to curl up in an armchair, some burrow beneath blankets. Others still enjoy porch swings or hammocks outdoors, weather permitting. Installing your preferred seat can be simple and inexpensive. Use an old armchair and drape it completely in soft, cozy throws. Add an ottoman for increased stretching room. Keep several blankets and pillows handy to adjust position without swapping seats.
For dreamy levels of comfort or just a dreamy aesthetic, try something a little more distinct. Papasan chairs, pillow top chaise lounges, pod hanging chairs, and cuddler chairs each give a distinct mood to your reading area.
This is perhaps the most crucial element of a reading space. You need proper lighting to avoid straining eyes and ensure that you can read at any time. A tall floor or table lamp can be the perfect solution, while strings of lights give a whimsical ambiance. Optimally, readers can choose a large window and build their nook around it. The window provides natural light, visual space, and a scenic view when your eyes need a break from the pages.
Despite the fire hazard, candles pair perfectly with reading. The flickering light and enchanting aromas allow readers to relax and immerse themselves. Consider choosing candles with soothing natural scents. Finally, add a house plant and display your bookish collections, such as unique bookmarks and literary artwork.
Most importantly, let your little nook reflect your purpose: reading! Keep your books nearby to browse at your leisure. Perhaps choose a separate shelf or bookcase to display your most prized books. These could be ones you discovered while traveling, special editions, signed copies, family heirlooms, or just your favorites. You can arrange the bulk of your books alphabetically or choose a more aesthetically pleasing method.
Now, whenever you want to indulge in a new book, just head to your reading nook. Settle in, you may be there a while.