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17 Cozy Reading Nooks Design Ideas

When the stresses of daily life begin to plague your every thought, one of the best antidotes is a good book and a few hours without interruptions. Regardless of your preferred genre, a great book can transport your thousands of miles away or hundreds of years into the past – into another time or place in while the complications of your life cease to exist. After such a mind-vacation, your stresses are temporarily lifted and peace is restored.

white modern reading nook with  small space under bed storageBy Kathryn Johnson Interiors / Photography by Mark Ehlen

It is for this reason that every home should contain its very own reading nook. Like a child’s pillow fort, a reading nook can offer you the seclusion and tranquility you crave after a long, hard day. In order to create such a room, you will need a few key elements.

  • Comfortable Seating – In order to get the most out of your daily literary escape, you need plenty of plush seating options. Several well placed oversized cushions, bean bags or a Middle Eastern-style floor pallet may be just what you need. Add a soft down comforter or woven throw for extra warmth on a chilly day.
  • Privacy – If you live with other people, or simply want to ignore the mounds of work sitting in your home office, you need plenty of privacy. Strategically placed screens or bookcases can create a friendly haven. If you want to take things a step further, create a secret oversized closet-type room complete with closing doors and soft lighting.
  • Tranquil Colors – Choose sort, non-distracting colors for your reading nook. Soft blues, whites, light greens and other soft hues can promote tranquility. Opt for serene color palettes that aid in your efforts of forgetting daily stresses.
  • Use Your Imagination – Reading takes plenty of creativity. Decorate your room with the types of things that remind you of your favorite fictional spaces. Every home needs at least once space that is designed just for your own personal happiness.

Studio-loft-stairs-with-hidden-drawers-and-reading-nookby Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

Lake-House-Bedroom-with-fireplace-and-colorful-reading-nookby Alan Design Studio

cool-under-staircase-white-and-red-reading-nook-ideaby architect Jon R. Sayler

traditional-living-room-cozy-reading-nookby Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

contemporary-reading-corner-designby Michael Abrams Limited

traditional-reading-corner-designby Crisp Architects

san-francisco-contemporary-house-with-stunning-views-reading-nookby Mahoney Architects & Interiors

modern-bedroom-reading-nook-designby Rockefeller Partners Architects

cozy-reading-nook-with-bookcase-and-fireplaceby Siemasko + Verbridge / Photographer: Sam Gray

colorful-reading-nook-with-pillows-and-big-bookcaseby Archer & Buchanan Architecture / Photographer: Tom Crane

ultra-contemporary-reading-chair-600x666by Perseverance Design

bookcase-design-with-modern-reading-chair-600x381designed by XM Studio

contemporary-reading-nook-design-idea-600x399rendered by Blalank Studio

large-home-library-with-reading-corner-cozy-chairfound on Krishan Kumar Lawasha


striped-interior-design-reading-corner-600x449(found on SBM Productions)

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