PROPERTY NEWS - Creating the perfect spot to unwind with a good book doesn't require a lot of space. Here are 11 tips for creating a relaxing reading nook.
The right spot can be an unused corner in your bedroom, living room or even extra space in a hallway. Before you pick a spot for your reading nook, consider how you feel in the space: can you make it cozy and comfortable? Will it be quiet? And if you're cramped and in a space with a lot of interruptions, it will be difficult to get comfortable and focus.
The key word for your reading nook is comfort. Try to keep the style of the chair similar to the surrounding furnishings, but be open to shape and colour.
You could even reupholster a favourite chair. A chaise lounge will allow you to stretch out, while a cozy leather chair with ottoman may work better with the room. And a beanbag chair can work in a child's room.
If space allows, try a hammock with a matching pillow or two. Hammocks work well in open spaces such as finished attics and lofts.
While a reading nook with a lot of natural light works best, a good reading lamp or wall sconce can create the cozy feel your space needs. Try a light with a few settings so you can adjust the lighting depending on the time of day and your needs.
You'll need lots of storage for all those books in your reading nook. You can build a bookcase with inexpensive materials to suit your storage needs.
Make sure you create your reading nook away from electronics, such as the television and computer. Fewer distractions will allow you to focus on reading.
A small refinished table will allow you to keep a cup of hot cocoa or tea nearby. You can also use the table for a small plant or a vase of flowers. Remember, every object placed in your reading nook should create a relaxing environment.
You can use store-bought cabinets for this DIY project. The shelves can be built to suit your space and can include a built-in reading nook.
A reading nook covered with a sheer canopy is a great spot for reading goodnight stories to children. Drape a bed canopy or sheer white curtains from the ceiling, then grab a flashlight and add some pillows. This spot will be a place kids look forward to curling up in. For safety, don't cover a pendant light or chandelier with a canopy.
When creating any space dedicated to relaxing, look for calming colours. Blue can help calm your mind and reduce stress. Because it symbolises nature, green can help you feel calm and refreshed. Gray is also soothing and since it's a neutral colour, it will work with most furnishings and artwork.
Don't forget a cosy blanket and a pillow or two in your reading nook. A magazine rack can help keep the space organised, and a no-hands-needed stand can be used to prop up your book or e-reader while you sip tea or enjoy a snack.
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