Create a Perfectly Cozy Reading Corner at Home

We all lead busy lives and if you have some spare time, then it can feel like a real luxury. However, if we have a dedicated space in the home that is set up to relax in and to spend that precious downtime, then it will make it easier to enjoy that time, rather than think about fifty other things that you need to get done. If you have a corner of the home that can become a dedicated reading nook, then this could be just what you need. With a book and a chair, you can read anywhere. But with a reading nook it can be a corner of the home that is dedicated to relaxation and downtime, and a perfect cozy corner to lose yourself in a book. What are the best ways to design a space like this, though? Here are some things to think about and get you inspired.

Soft materials

There isn’t a lot more that says cozy, than a soft chair to relax in, covered in soft cushions and throws. When looking for a chair or a bean bag for the reading nook, then look for one that is soft and comforting, in a material that you love. Add throws, pillows, and cushions, and other texture from decor, and it will be a place where you can instantly feel comforted. 

Add a bookshelf

Having a bookshelf in a reading nook is kind of a no-brainer. The style that you choose will totally depend on the space that you have, though. For example, if you have a reading nook by a bay window, could you use some of that window space to create a built-in bookshelf? You could also choose floating shelves and bookends, or you could choose a bookcase on, for example. Make it fit the space you have, fill it with your favorite books and personal trinkets, and then you can easily get cozy and reading whenever you have the time.

Complete with pops of color

The colors that you use in a home can be very powerful, and can be just the things that you need to create some instant happiness, as described here: If you have a reading nook that is designed to be your little retreat or happy place, then make it feel like that, with all of your favorite colors, or just inject a shot of your favorite. It could be using color on the walls, in artwork, in furniture, rugs, throws or cushions. Whichever you choose, just make sure that you love it so it helps to bring a smile to your face.


The lighting is important in a reading corner, because you could be there late into the night when you get reading a compelling book. If you are going to be by a window then natural light will be helpful in the day, but what about at night? Having a floor lamp that can be angled or moved easily is a good idea, as well as smaller fairy lights, strung around the area. Creating mood lighting and having different levels of light will be nicer than just one big harsh bright light.

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