If there’s a recipe for a perfect reading nook, these rooms have found it.
The first ingredient is a quiet corner. Bonus if it’s next to the windows, where you can sit and gaze for hours. Photo: Pinterest
Another ingredient is great 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 really rereading Pride & Prejudice for the hundredth time. Photo: Traditional Home
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 just love that mysterious, dark green accent wall? Try PPG’s Mountain Pine to get the look. Photo: Design Sponge
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 unsung — haha — items needed in a nook.) Photo: Country Living
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. Photo: Urban Outfitters
In small spaces, especially apartments where space is at a premium, a wing chair may be all you need. Photo: Darling Magazine
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. Photo: Apartment Therapy
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! Photo: HomeBunch
If you have an attic space and want to add a nook, going all-white gives it an incomparably light, airy feel. Photo: Essenziale
A nook under the stairs addresses another of the most important ingredients in the recipe: privacy. A reading niche is a getaway reserved just for me time. Photo: Southern Living
Another great option for small spaces? A chaise lounge. This captures the sense of romance that embodies a reading corner. You can go anywhere, from Paris to Rio, without moving from your comfy chair. Photo: My Domaine
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. Photo: DecorAid
Now that you know what ingredients you need to mix your perfect reading nook, what will your final product look like?
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