Calling all book lovers who love to collect their reads! Here is a quick guide to create the perfect reading nook.
Source a space
Defining a space to just put on those readers, sit back and relax with your latest novel can be quite a challenge when you don’t have the luxury of space to spare, however you don’t need a separate room with a full-on library. If you happen to have an awkward corner in your home, or perhaps an empty space in your living room or bedroom, this is the perfect opportunity to arrange a reading nook.
It’s always important to put your favourites on display, and finding the perfect shelving solution is important. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional book shelf unit, or are perhaps open to a minimalist option of a leaning ladder or fixed wall shelves, the focus should be on sourcing the right solution for your collection and the space you’re using it in.
According to Karin Cawthorne, owner of KARE, “Storage space for books – both displayed and tidied away – is a reading nook essential. Decide which books you want to display and which you want to pack away and then choose your furniture pieces and shelves accordingly. Wall-mounted shelves are a real space saver whilst more elaborate freestanding shelves can make for beautiful statement pieces. Trunks can double up as coffee tables and a place to store non-essential books and magazine.” Take a look at these options…
From floor cushions and bean bags to a more formal seating solution like a recliner, finding something that’s comfortable and won’t make you restless after a few minutes is vital to enjoying the time out with your novel in hand. A comfy armchair with an ottoman, relaxing recliner or lazy chaise is ideal for a stylish reading nook.
Cawthrone says, “One or two generous reading chairs are always a winning combination, but if space allows then a small sofa or armchair with footstool is the jackpot. A generous ottoman can also double up as both coffee table and footrest.” We’ve rounded up these to inspire you…
It’s really your choice and what works for you and your style of décor when it comes to choosing lighting for a reading corner. A floor lamp is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to bring in lighting, however you might prefer a few pendant lights depending on your style and space.
Guy Harris, owner of Newport Lighting, gives us a few lighting tips: “We’d suggest ensuring lighting from at least two sources for the space, with natural light being the most covetable of light sources, especially for daytime reading. Practically you need to see what you are reading so a standing lamp or desk light is the essential task lighting solution. Overhead lighting is also a great source of reading light and can work in conjunction with your task lighting. If you’re a person who prefers electronic readers such as Kindles or iPads, then consider the positioning of your lighting to avoid glare on your screens from these light sources.” We love these floor lamps that offer a defining aesthetic to the space…
The soft touch
Adding soft elements will not only add to the style of space, but provide comfort. Consider a beautifully designed rug that has underfoot comfort, especially for when you want to kick off your shoes and relax; a few scatters: play with a mix of bright and bold prints and subtle plain hues with texture; and a gorgeous throw for that cosy and snug feel. Here are our finds to do just that…