There’s nothing quite like slowing down during the day to curl up in your reading space with a thought-provoking book. Enriching our minds with inspiring stories soothes and energizes our soul, and it’s an essential component to fueling our creativity. To help you arrange a cozy reading spot in your room, or anywhere in your home, we’re sharing five must-have items that would set the mood in your reading space.
1. A Chic Rug
Sink your feet into a well-positioned rug and dive into your story of the day. You can sweep your living room floors with a large 8’x10’ rug so that every corner feels toasty and warm. If you’re looking to carve out a corner in your room, opt for a smaller area rug (we recommend 3’x5’ rugs or runners) that will define the space and accentuate your seating of choice. If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry! We put together a guide to help you select the right rug size for your space depending on its dimensions.
2. A Comfortable Accent Chair (or Two)
Whether you snuggle up on a padded oak bench or get cozy in a loveseat sofa with a plush, velvety finish, a comfortable accent chair is a must-have piece. Your reading sessions—no matter their duration—will be relaxing as long as your body (especially your bottom or back) is properly supported.
3. Warm Lighting
Choose a light fixture like an overarching standing lamp or a pendant lighting that gives off a warm glow. Soft, ambient lights that are easy on the eyes are a necessity in your reading space regardless of your age. In addition to reading, your warmly lit nook can function as a quiet corner for meditating, journaling, or listening to your favorite songs. Create an even more soothing atmosphere by lighting a scented candle.
4. Throw Blankets & Pillows
Layer your reading nook with dreamy throw blankets and pillows! Surrounding yourself with cozy fabrics and soft pillows will make your reading space irresistibly homey. Sip your hot cup of tea, cocoa, or freshly brewed coffee, and lounge in style.
5. Your Favorite Book
Pick the reading material of your choice! Stimulate your mind with an intriguing mystery novel or let your imagination roam free by diving into a fantasy classic. If you’re in the mood for visual inspiration, let your eyes browse your go-to home decor or fashion magazines filled with alluring colors and designs.
Whatever you decide to unwind with, we hope you keep these five essentials in mind when creating your dream reading nest.