Above, dark blue hues create a jewel box feel in the home library of designer Jeannette Whitson, as featured in House Beautiful.
Winter is the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book — and after the holidays, you might just have enough time in your schedule to actually catch up with your must-read list. For the ultimate reading nook, focus on cozy textures and elegant storage that’ll beautifully show off your collection. Whether you’re styling a corner of your study or want to create a space just for you in a living room or bedroom, here are a few picks for creating a space you’ll never want to leave:
Start with seating.
Seating matters the most in a reading nook — the type you choose should be comfortable and stylish, with plenty of support. A sofa or love seat always works, but a chaise invites luxurious lounging like no other piece. Not enough space for a full chaise? Opt for a comfy armchair with personality.
Why we love it: This is a piece that’s pure indulgence, from the plush texture to the comfortably curved shape.
Why we love it: Since a library is an occasional space, you can select colors and textures that might be too delicate in more heavily used rooms. The unique pure white upholstery of this stunning chair makes a gorgeous focal point for your reading nook.
Choose your storage pieces.
This will depend largely on the size of your book collection. A large étagère is the obvious choice for bibliophiles, but the size also can turn a smaller collection into a series of vignettes. In a small space, a corner shelving unit takes advantage of overlooked floor space while housing a curated selection of books. If the size of your reading area is somewhere in the middle, you can’t go wrong with a classic wood bookcase.
Why we love it: The mix of shapes within this storage piece lets you get creative with books and accessories.
Why we love it: The obelisk shape adds interest to a room, while the shelves offer just enough space for your favorite books.
Why we love it: This traditional-style bookcase has classical details that’ll never go out of style.
Select a small side table.
A table with a surface large enough to hold a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and your current page-turner is a must for a reading nook.
Why we love it: This small table makes a statement, from the gorgeous jewel-like minerals that comprise the table surface, to the unusual brass legs that transition into “handles”.
Why we love it: Though it looks as if it’s a typical traditional round side table, the legs curve to create a gracefully unexpected silhouette.
Layer in lighting.
Overhead lighting can cause eye strain. Instead, choose floor lamps that offer more focused illumination, in addition to table lamps that boost brightness without a harsh feel.
Why we love it: The pleated shade gently filters the light from this timeless floor lamp into a soothing glow.
Why we love it: The rich red hue lamp base adds a pop of color that doesn’t distract.
From throws to pillows, vases to bookends, a few accessories add personality that makes this space truly feel like your own.
Why we love them: This set has a bold visual presence that adds modern edge to a shelf.
Why we love it: There’s simply nothing better than curling up with a faux fur blanket on a chilly winter’s evening.