Reading Nook Ideas That Will Steal Your Heart

If there’s a recipe for a perfect reading nook, these rooms have found it. Read on and get inspired by these reading nook ideas.

Step 1

Cozy reading nook next to big window
Photo: Pinterest

The first ingredient is a quiet corner. Bonus if it’s next to the windows, where you can sit and gaze for hours.

Step 2

Traditional reading nook with velvet settee, bookshelves and Miro painting
Photo: Traditional Home

Another element is excellent seating. You can choose a bench like the one in the first pic, or go more formal and nest a settee inside a bank of bookcases. That way you can look like you’re adulting (that Miro painting! the fringe-y footstool!) when you’re rereading Pride & Prejudice for the hundredth time.

Step 3

Library reading nook with dark green walls and friendly dog
Photo: Design Sponge

A dog isn’t a necessary ingredient for a great nook, but it sure doesn’t hurt. However, you must have a lamp. This cool one is from IKEA. Don’t you love that mysterious, dark green accent wall? Try PPG’s Mountain Pine to get the look.

Step 4

Built-in window seat in yellow reading nook
Photo: Country Living

This spot is a variation on the nook theme: the built-in window seat. This one even makes a smart organization spot for stereo equipment. (Music is one of those often neglected items needed in a nook.)

Step 5

White room with Boho style nap nook
Photo: Urban Outfitters

If you love Boho style, you’ll love this idea: soft, colorful mattresses right on the floor. This room addresses another function of reading niches, the nap.

Step 5

Pale gray reading nook with pink velvet wing chair
Photo: Darling Magazine

In small spaces, especially apartments where space is at a premium, a wing chair may be all you need.

Step 6

White room with quiet window seat
Photo: Apartment Therapy

What would a reading nook be without books? Store them on the floor, on shelves or like the designer did here, right under the window seat.

Step 7

Attic with red focal wall and kids' reading nook
Photo: HomeBunch

Start training kids early to appreciate the Art of the Nook. This one combines toy storage, snack space, and extra-cute pillows to get this charming look. Try a paint color like PPG’s Rum Punch to recreate this nook!

Step 8

Attic with white walls and floor
Photo: Essenziale

If you have an attic space and want to add a nook, going all-white gives it an incomparably light, airy feel.

Step 9

Built-in reading nook under the stairs in a white room
Photo: Southern Living

A nook under the stairs addresses another essential ingredient in the recipe: privacy. A reading niche is a getaway reserved just for me time.

Step 10

Beige room with pink chaise lounge in corner
Photo: My Domaine

Another excellent option for small spaces? A chaise lounge. This chair captures the sense of romance that embodies a reading corner. You can go anywhere, from Paris to Rio, without moving from your comfy chair.

Step 11

Scandinavian style room with black-cushioned reading bench
Photo: DecorAid

Last but not least, when building your perfect alcove, cozy it up with pillows and a throw. This space embraces the three Scandinavian decorating basics: the black-and-white color scheme, a shearling throw, and minimalist decor.

Now that you know what ingredients you need to mix your perfect reading nook, how will your final product look?