Every Home Needs a Reading Nook
Is your home a book lovers’ home? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had books around. Almost every room in our house has a bookcase or at least stacks of books. I could probably stand to declutter some of them, but that’s for another post. Today I’m of a mind that every home should have a reading nook!
Currently, I have a little corner in my living room that I suppose would be considered my “reading nook.”
But, I received a challenge last week to design my own Reading Nook, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to “kick it up a notch.”
Creating My Own Reading Nook
For a couple of years now, I’ve saved a lot of Reading Nook images over on Pinterest. The funny thing though is that I’ve never really considered making one?! I realized the other day that I’ve got this fabulous, but seriously under used, corner of my living room that I think needs a real Reading Nook! Challenge accepted!
I went over to my Pinterest page and had a great time scrolling through all the fabulous images I’ve saved over the past year or so and found this one that I think would look great in my under used corner. What do you think? Doesn’t this look like a great space to settle in with a book?!
Finding My Pieces for My Reading Nook
After finding my inspiration, I went to work locating the pieces I thought would fit well in our house and budget! This was definitely the fun part!
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It seems to me the center piece of any good reading nook (besides the books) would be the chair. This over-sized wing back chair looks like it was made to curl up in with a book! I like the neutral color. It would work well with our current colors!
Every Reading Nook needs a place to store books. I had every expectation of choosing a nice simple bookcase to go in this space, but then I saw this one… Isn’t this the absolutely perfect bookshelf for any library (or Reading Nook)?! I think if I got this I might have to dedicate a whole room to the project, lol. But, that’s not so bad, right?!
I love being able to put my feet up while reading. This lovely ottoman from Dorel is perfect for my little Reading Nook!
As much as I would love to have a chandelier in my Reading Nook, it’s just not practical. But, I think this floor lamp from Arhaus is the perfect compromise! I can picture this in the corner right behind my chair. Arhaus, where I found this lamp had so many great choices…you’d probably want to check them out when looking for your own lighting choice.
Every Reading Nook needs a side table to hold your cup of coffee or tea. This table is just made for a perfect Reading Nook! I love how unique it is, but also the size. It wouldn’t take over the space, but be a beautiful and practical accent piece!
Make Your Own Reading Nook
So, are you inspired to make your own Reading Nook? I hope so! I do think that every home needs a reading spot. Whether it’s a whole library room, or just a corner of the living room like we have. Have books and space available to read are part of what show our kids that reading is important throughout our lives!
I think there are a few elements that are important for any Reading Nook:
- A comfy chair ~ this is a must for any reading space! Find a chair that invites you to curl up and stay a while.
- Side table ~ this certainly doesn’t need to be fancy. But it is nice to have somewhere close to set your book and cup of coffee.
- Blanket ~ maybe it’s just me, but reading and curling up with a cozy blanket go hand-in-hand. The one we currently use is just one that I knit. So, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy!
- Lighting ~ it’s important to have good lighting where you read!
- Books ~ hopefully you have these already! If you’re in need of inspiration, I’ve got a list of book recommendations from readers. You can check it out here.
Do you currently have a dedicated reading space or a Reading Nook? Snap a pic and send it over. I always love seeing the spaces that inspire reading!
Bookcase – Arhaus Library in Cigar Brown
Floor Lamp – Annabella Floor Lamp in Nickel
Side Table – Design Toscano Power of Books Table