Creating the perfect spot to unwind with a good book doesn’t require a lot of space. There are several steps you can take to create a reading nook that inspires tranquility. Are you ready to turn an unused space into a peaceful retreat where you can unwind with your favorite book? Read on to learn how you can create a DIY reading nook in your Inspirada home.
Pick Your Spot
Select a space that is out of high traffic areas in your home to help you dive into your relaxation time. You may consider creating an inset bench or seating space in a wall for a cozy addition to any room. Creating a reading nook in your home doesn’t have to be a big project, though! Try lining your seating area with an entertainment center or bookshelf for a more temporary setup. This will allow you to create an intimate experience without having to start a construction project.
Comfort Is Key When Selecting Furniture
You may fall in love with a vintage chair from an antique store that fits in perfectly with your home’s décor, but if it hurts your back after five minutes, you might want to reconsider. When buying furniture for your DIY reading nook, test out a variety of styles so you know you’ve found the right match. Consider getting an ottoman so you can have a place to rest your legs while you dive into your favorite novel. Of course, there is always the option to incorporate the furniture you already have in your Inspirada home. Do you have an extra armchair lying around? This makes for the perfect statement piece that is as cozy as it is stylish.
Add the Extras
Once your furniture is in place, it’s time to accessorize! Find a comfy lumbar pillow that complements your décor and supports your back while you read. Keep some throw blankets handy for curling up during late-night reading sessions. And don’t forget to include a place to keep your books! A bookshelf is the perfect spot to stash your favorite novels — they’ll be within reach when you are ready for an afternoon of reading.
Add Some Light
Even if your DIY reading nook is situated near a large, open window, you will still need a light source for those evening reading sessions. Floor lamps are a popular choice for most reading nooks because they are portable and come in a wide variety of brightness settings for nighttime reading. You can also add recessed lighting or wall sconces with dimmable switches to create the cozy feel your space needs.
Add Some Greenery
It is scientifically proven that adding plants to an indoor space can help lift our spirits, as well as create a calming effect in humans. By bringing the outside in, our moods improve, and stress is reduced. A home reading nook should be a place where we can relax, so why not surround it with some houseplants? Add some succulents to a nearby table or try incorporating handing plants for an added touch of nature.
Creating a reading nook in your home can be as simple or quirky as you want it to be — but this is the perfect opportunity to create a space where you can relax. Are you on the hunt for a new home where you can incorporate a reading nook? Take a virtual tour of move-in ready homes at Inspirada to help you find your new home base today!