This collection of reading nook ideas will make you want to drop everything, grab your favourite book and hunker down for a day of reading. From airy outdoor spaces to cosy armchairs complete with open fires, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Creating a dedicated reading nook sounds like a fabulous idea to us. After all, getting lost in a good book, whether it's Wuthering Heights or a Sophie Kinsella novel, is a favoured pastime for many of us.
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1. Create a traditional reading nook idea with antique furniture
You can create an atmospheric, alluring reading spot by lining your shelves with antique tomes picked up at fairs and specialist shops. Complete the look with an array of finds, including accessories and artwork.
Dan Cruickshank's Georgian home (above) is the closest you’ll get to a real-life fantasy world. Filled with a vast collection of intriguing antiques and one-off pieces, this truly unique home has the power to bring the magic of fairy tales to life.
2. A window seat makes the perfect reading nook
Windows are often unexploited, with seating placed facing away from the view and into the room. So why not create a window seat that's designed with nothing other than a morning read while taking in the view (and exploiting the natural daylight) in mind? Filled with cushions, they are an inviting design feature in the home of every book lover.
Continue exploring Simon Fenwick’s restoration (above) of the unloved Grade II-listed Elm House into a beautiful, traditional country home.
3. Place a reading nook where there are no distractions
The ideal reading spot will be TV-free, perhaps even radio-free, and most definitely smart assistant-free. That way, it's more likely that you and your family will settle down for an uninterrupted delve into your favourite books.
The simple design and airy feel of this living room (above) makes it the ideal distraction-free spot. Plus it has a gorgeously lit window-seat which is just perfect for curling up in a cosy blanket and immersing yourself in a page-turner. Discover more beautiful design features inside this restored Arts and Crafts home.
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4. Make sure reading nook seating is inviting
There is nothing quite like snuggling down under blankets with a good book in hand and the fire roaring while the snow falls outside. But to make the experience really work, you'll need to ensure you invest in the best sofa. We think these gorgeous velvet sofas would lure us in.
Explore the rest of Nikki and Hugh Quinn's beautiful chalet hideaway (above), which is nestled in the French Alps.
5. Build a home library
A wall crammed full with books is any reader's dream, so consider whether you could devote an entire side of one room to your book collection. The more cluttered the shelving, the more charmingly eccentric it will look.
6. Use colour to create a calm reading nook
Just as white walls and furnishings will create a bright, light reading spot, using deeper, cooler shades will make for a serene space that's perfect for settling down with a book. Here, the book shelves have been neatly blended with the grey walls, while the books on display are colour co-ordinated in inspiring blues and greens – perfect for inviting a book lover to settle down with a good read.
7. Zone a room with furniture to create a reading nook
If your home has a large open plan kitchen diner and living space, it's likely that there's plenty of room to place a comfortable armchair right next to a shelf full of books. Ideally, place an occasional table and reading lamp close by to encourage evening reading, too.
We've found the best armchairs for cosy living spaces; don't miss our guide to creating an open plan kitchen diner and living space, too.
8. Turn a garden room into a quiet reading spot
For those who love the garden just as much as they love reading, this gorgeous summerhouse is a fabulous addition to any bookworm’s plot. It offers the serenity that accompanies a beautiful garden, with some protection from the unpredictable British weather, making it a year-round getaway.
9. Find space for reading nook ideas outside
You needn't create a reading spot in a room surrounded by books – or even indoors. Why not take a step into the world of The Secret Garden’s Mary Lennox or Anne of Green Gables and settle down in a real life secret garden? This bench is hidden in a gorgeous flowering meadow; ideal for letting yourself get lost in the sunshine for an hour or maybe two.
Continue to be inspired by Ben and Mark Hamilton Anderson's quirky cottage renovation; find out how to grow a cottage garden, too.
10. Make a reading nook for your little ones
How cute is this? We love this kid's room set-up, which makes the most of a spare corner with some well-stocked bookshelf and the coolest chair we've ever seen. Want to do the same in your child's room? Make sure you add some task lighting, some soft furnishings for maximum comfort, and incorporate it into their play space to make reading more 'fun' than 'homework'.
11. Go dark for maximum hygge
Okay, now this is what we mean by cosy. Armchair, footstool and stove are the dream combo for a cold evening set-up, and this space makes us want to settle straight down with a cup of tea and a book of Gothic tales, because it might not be Halloween, but we've always got time for a spooky story or two. Create your own cocooning space by extending a dark wall colour to the ceiling – it's a bold move, but you'll reap the rewards when you're oh-so-snug on a chilly night.
12. Maximise natural light for easy reading
If you crave sunlight and wilt when it's cold and gloomy, you're going to want to maximise the sunshine with plenty of natural light in your reading nook. The owner of this loft conversion positioned her reading nook next to a set of sliding doors, so she benefits from constant rays in the daytime. Add a mirror to reflect that light around the room, and position a wall light over your armchair for those days where the sun's just nowhere to be seen.
13. Set aside a corner in the living room
This reading nook idea has everything you could possibly need: a comfy chair (back cushion a must), a window for natural daylight, a lamp for when it's night... and a great collection of colour-coded books to hand. Love it.