One of the predicted trends for 2017 is a reading corner or nook, a place to quietly retreat to with a book and perhaps a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Maybe there will be a log fire roaring or a pretty view out of a nearby window? Here are six ideas to help you plan your reading space.
Bright and natural
There’s a lovely coastal feel to this reading nook, the pale blues, the jars of shells and driftwood on the wall all connote escaping to a seaside cottage or beach hut. A great lamp is an essential and this one makes a stunning feature. It’s lovely to have lots of books and greenery close by too, there’s a real outside in feel here don’t you think?
Its all about the chair here, it’s perfectly designed for reclining with a good book. The throw adds a Nordic feel. A lovely undistracted, calm and very zen way to appreciate the words on the page. How lovely to be able to look up every now and again and admire the view, the idea of being by a window appeals, what do you think?
This one is intended as a nursery reading nook, although the whites and that gorgeous throw would look great in a living room or bedroom too. It’s so tranquil, and given the amount of time spent soothing and nursing a baby, it’s the perfect place to build a really cosy reading nook. Blankets are essential for night times and lots of surfaces close by to place things near to hand.
This slightly battered vintage leather armchair looks so at home surrounded by logs and a lovely tall lampshade. It’s simple but cosy, plus a brilliant way to store logs – you will always have one handy to throw on the fire if a book gets too unputdownable. It feels a lot like retreating into a forest cabin away from the modern world and all its digital distractions. It also reminds me of Roald Dahl’s desk, he used to almost barricade himself into his writing chair.
A little bit of what you fancy
Chairs like books are special, so why not pick one that takes you to other worlds the moment you sit in it? The whole room has a serene feel, perfect for getting lost in a book, I wonder what kinds of books this armchair owner would read. Luxury travel coffee table books?
One for the kids
Why not build them a reading den, all you need is a couple of chairs and some blankets, or a table. Or for a more permanent feature, why not buy a play tent and install it in the corner of a child’s room, with lots of cushions and throws to snuggle under.
it is interesting to see some similar themes, stand out lamps, great throw, lovely view, and a sense of bringing the outside in.
What would your dream reading nook be?