These Charming Reading Nooks Will Steal Your Heart

If there’s a recipe for a perfect reading nook, these rooms have found it.

Cozy bench in corner of room next to windows

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

Traditional room with velvet settee, bookshelves and Miro painting

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

Library reading nook with dark green walls and friendly dog

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

Built-in window seat in yellow room

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

White room with Boho style nap nook

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

Pale gray room with pink velvet wing chair

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

White room with quiet window seat

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

Attic with red focal wall and kids' reading nook

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

Attic with white walls and floor

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

Built-in reading nook under the stairs in a white room

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

Beige room with pink chaise lounge in corner

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

Scandinavian style room with black-cushioned reading bench

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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