There are few things more relaxing than spending a Sunday afternoon at home and curling up with a good book -- so why not create a cozy area just for this purpose for your family to enjoy? A reading nook can also be the perfect way to transform an awkward corner, windowsill or loft space into a warm, comfortable area for a little R&R.
Whether it's for kids or grown-ups, these cozy, well-lit reading spots will set a peaceful tone in any room, and they're surprisingly easy to set up. If you're thinking about adding one to your home, click through the slideshow below for eight tranquil and restful design ideas.
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Add Comfortable Seating & Good Lighting
These two essentials are all that you need to get your reading nook started. Make sure that you choose a space with either natural light or a reading-appropriate lamp, and a cozy seat with pillows to settle in with a good book.
Transform An Awkward Space Into A Cozy Nook
A reading nook is a great way to make use of a small, awkward corner in a living room, playroom, attic or even an under-the-stairs storage. If space is particularly tight, use floor cushions and pillows with a small lantern. And for larger corners try a bench or rocking chair and standing lamp with an end table.
Use A Loft Or Mezzanine Space
A small loft or mezzanine (or the top bunk of a bunk bed) is another potentially awkward space that can easily be turned into a perfect childs' reading area. With some shelving for book storage, a floor lamp, and stacks of decorative cushions, you've got a cozy, practical reading space. Click here for some gorgeous <a href="http://pinterest.com/mmb49/reading-loft-ideas/" target="_hplink">inspiration from Pinterest. </a>
Play With Natural Lighting
Ideally, you want your reading nook to be in a corner of the home where there's lots of sun streaming in. Consider adding a pair of chairs and end table or cushioned bench to a large living room window to create your space.
Add Drapes & Soft Lighting
A lantern-lit reading nook covered by a sheer canopy is perfect for reading goodnight stories. Drape a bed canopy or delicate white curtains from the ceiling and pair with a hanging lantern for a cozy, cave-like space that kids will love to curl up in.
Make Space For Storage
For a kids' area, build in shelving or add colorful baskets to hold books and prevent clutter from accumulating.
Consider An Outdoor Nook
A covered bench for reading (with or without a stack of cushions and pillows) can make a beautiful and practical addition to any garden or patio. We love these <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/take-it-outside/cozy...reading-nook/index.html" target="_blank">outdoor design ideas</a> from HGTV.
Add A Pop Of Color
Use decorative pillows, a bright throw blanket or a piece of statement art to add an inviting element. Choosing a color featured elsewhere will help tie in the nook to the rest of the room.
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