As a child, we always found time to read our favorite books, sometimes even inside our blankets, reading into the night with a torch-light, long after everyone was fast asleep . But as we grew up, it became more and more difficult to find that kind of time. Setting aside some leisure time just to read books, may seem like an impossibility given our hectic schedules, but we can take the first step towards it, by creating a dedicated reading nook in our home.
Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy when you decide to kick-start your reading with a reading nook of your own.
1. Choose the Spot Wisely
Choosing the ideal spot to create the reading nook is crucial. Not only does to be in a secluded area, you may also want to make sure that the door is in front of you, so that you feel more secure and comfortable. It’s an old Feng Shui trick. Furthermore, if you happen to have a bookshelf in the room, you must position it behind your seat, so that you don’t get distracted by it.
2. Be Picky About the Chair
Once you have zeroed-in on a spot for reading, pick the chair. To pick a chair, you have to first consider what kind of a reader you are. Do you love to lie down when you read? Then, think of a daybed with loads of cushions and a throw. If you like to sit up straight when reading, go for an upright seat that will help you keep a good posture.
3. Think of Subtle Art
Your reading nook should reflect who you are and what you like and hanging art is an excellent way to add a personal touch to the space. However, ensure you don’t use any art pieces that can distract you. Instead, think of old photographs, botanical prints, or even artsy pieces done by your little one – something that you hold dear or something that helps you feel happy and relaxed.
4. Use Calming Accessories & Lights
A touch of nature can make your reading nook a happy place. Choose a space that gets ample amount of sunlight and use calming decor elements like an oil diffuser, wind chimes, and a task light to create a reading nook that is perfect for you. Think of adding essential oils like orange, rosemary, sandalwood or lime that will help you relax and unwind. Add soft cushions in different colors, patterns, and textures to make the space look inviting and feel cozy.