Can you think of anything more relaxing than curling up with a good read at the end of an exhausting day? It could be a book, magazine, newspaper, or even online on your reading device.
A reading nook that combines comfortable seating and plenty of light will help you enjoy one of your favorite pastimes. It can be intimidating to create the perfect space, so here are some tips for choosing reading nook furniture to make a space that will help you leave the cares of your busy day behind.
Location, Location, Location!
Look for the area in your home that inspires you. You want to create a special place where you can relax and unwind. It could be a swing on your porch, a shady spot on the patio, or an area in the living room next to a window that lets in plenty of light. Keep in mind that you want the space to be relaxing, inspirational, and cozy, as well as a spot where you can immerse yourself in your reading material.
Once you’ve chosen your spot, you need seating — your relaxing reading nook needs a comfortable chair. You will want your reading nook furniture to blend with the décor of the adjacent spaces. With that in mind, you can choose a couch, loveseat, small sofa, or chair-and-a-half.
Make your nook comfortable and personal, so whichever option suits your needs and décor will be perfect. Place your seating near the best light source, or choose reading nook furniture that can be easily moved to accommodate changing light sources or variances in temperature in the room. Form and function work well in the Tommy Bahama Benoa Harbour Chair. With plush cushions and a deep welted seat, it provides a comfortable, cozy spot to curl up with a good book.
If your reading nook has plenty of natural light, explore window treatment options that let you diffuse sunlight if needed. Natural lighting is great, but you may want to keep out bright, direct sunlight that may be harsh on your eyes and cause you to squint.
You will also need warm and inviting lighting for evenings. Sconces, floor lamps, and table lamps can give the light you need. Consider an adjustable 3-way light bulb that will give you lighting flexibility throughout the day.
Check your lighting conditions at different times to make sure your nook has the right amount of light. Light-colored and lighter weight lamp shades will give you more illumination. Placed in a spot with plenty of natural light, the Bellevue Oversized Chair from the Laurel Canyon collection by Lexington creates the perfect spot for relaxing, reading, and reflecting.
Add accessories that personalize your reading nook to make it your special place. A chair pillow and a throw blanket will help make your seating area feel cozy and comfortable. Check the air flow to ensure you have enough air conditioning and heat flow (on those few cooler days we get in Florida).
Add flowers and art or photographs, as well as a side table next to your seating area for items such as reading glasses. If you have a larger space, magazine racks, book shelves or even open wall shelving can store all your reading necessities.
A relaxing reading nook may be just what your home, and more importantly, you, need. Choose an area away from everyday noise and the hustle-bustle of your home. The quieter your reading nook is, the more likely you are to use it on a regular basis. And you don’t have to use the comfortable space you create only for reading, sometimes you may just want to relax and reflect on your day.