As we are still in the middle of summer, relaxing on the beach, or having a more adventurous holiday, we are enjoying this feeling that we want to cherish as long as possible, even after the holiday is over. It is a fact that reading helps one to relax. This inspiration is ideal to start preparing a reading corner somewhere in the house.
In choosing your reading corner, it is important to have a place that catches as much natural light as possible, possibly a spot near a window. You can add elements from nature to enjoy that feeling of the outdoors. Go for a big plant if you have the space, if not a nice series of smaller plants on some shelves will be great too. No green fingers? No problem, there are a many big prints or wallpapers which will transport you in no time to the jungle.
Plants purify the air in a room; they lift our spirits and add a tranquil atmosphere. Create your indoor jungle of houseplants.
A comfortable oversized-chair will invite you to either curl up with a good book or just a spot to relax with music. Make this space colorful so that it will bring you positive energy and cheerfulness.
Relaxing time can be a luxury in our hectic daily lives. Surrounding yourself with the things you enjoy most such as scented candles can help to you unwind and bring you in the right mood. Go bright, go bold, and smile each time you have the opportunity to escape to your reading corner.
Think of the things that make you feel cozy and add them to your corner. It can be a blanket, a soft velvet pillow, a pile of books, or flowers.
A reading corner doesn't have to take up much space. You can even create it in your bedroom, in the living area, or in a corner at the bow window in your kitchen. It is important to retain the style of the room, as this will add to the relaxed feeling. It should feel as though this space was designed just for this purpose.
With all the toys available to children, it is becoming more difficult to convince them to read. One incentive to motivate them to read is to create this space for them to enjoy. Giving the children the opportunity to choose the theme and participate in the decoration will be an encouragement for them to share in the purpose of such a space.
What would a reading corner be without books? Exact, so we need to think of some kind of storage, bookshelf. This can be a classical build-in of stand-alone bookshelf, some floating shelves, or be creative and create your book storage with some crates.
Good light fixtures are a must for a reading corner. Maybe somewhere you can adjust the amount of light, not too bright and not too dull. See that you can move the lamp without problems; maybe someday you will want to change the position of the armchair.
If you feel the need to relax in this corner one day and another space the next day, this could be depending simply on your mood. This can be the result of the lighting or the amount of sunlight that enters the space. Beanbags or big pillows could be a good alternative. These are easy to move to different spaces and to store. On a beautiful day these can be taken outdoors also.
Not having a small table to put your cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine can be frustrating. Make it practical by adding one or two small tables. Tables with storage space for books and magazines will be very convenient.
What about a spacious bow window which will give you the option to close your eyes and dream away? This could be a place of ultimate comfort. The use of soft calming colors, neutrals, will be outstanding for a reading corner.
Extra blankets folded nicely on top of a stool could provide your guests comfort while the stools can function as a small side tables to put their phones or a glasses of water.
Pillows, textured throws, or mohair blankets for the cold winter months can be added. Wrapped in a blanket with a book is all we need at times. Don't worry to find a place in your wardrobe: there are beautiful wire baskets or your large summer hand bag can be used for this. It will keep your summer memories fresh.
No better place to start a reading corner than in a nursery. Reading your baby's preferred story evening after evening in this special corner will help the baby to get in a routine of going to bed. Keep the colors soft, grey tones and pastels tone will be a perfect choice. This reading corner doesn't necessarily have the classical armchair; a big soft floor cushion can be a good alternative. Create a special corner with a lot of fancy pillows, finding their place under a tent. Or make a pile of mattresses, combine colors and motives.
What is important when creating your reading corner?
- Try to have it close to a big window.
- Look for a good light source for the evenings and the darker days.
- You can never have too much pillows.
- A throw to keep you warm.
- A library or just some shelves.
- A small table for your books, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine.
- Make it a corner that is inviting to your children and they won’t resist spending time there with a book.
Make it a place where you want to spend your quiet time, as it is relaxing and filled with positive energy
Start creating your corner, have fun!