Reading Corner: Your escape from reality
The pandemic has given many of us the opportunity to develop new hobbies and habits. Reading is a perfect escape for our minds during our time off work. You might be a bookworm, one who has let the hobby take backseat or one who has recently jumped on to the bandwagon. Regardless of whatever category you want to put yourself into, designing your reading nook deserves equal attention. Who knows, the makeover might help you revive old habits. Reading is a personal endeavour, so you would want to ensure that you include elements that add value to your reading time. Here are some tips you can consider to revamp your reading space and let the habits go a long way.
>> Dedicate a space for your reading rather than shifting from one corner of your house to another. If you want to have an enjoyable reading experience, you do not want to compromise on the design and elements you surround yourself with. It can be a corner in your bedroom or by the living room window, but be clear on where you want to anchor and set sail into the literary world. You do not need a large space or home library; rather, with just a few elements, your space can be transformed. Choose a relatively quiet corner that is away from all distractions.
>> It all boils down to comfort and lighting (and perhaps a nice cup of tea or coffee by the side) for that ultimate joy. Your reading corner can be a statement piece in your entire house. If you have adequate space, add in a matching set of armchairs or two complimentary ones for those days when you have company. Or if you believe that reading is best enjoyed in solitude then one singular, comfy armchair with a side table will be just right. If you prefer to read in a much more relaxed position, then you can always opt for a daybed or a chaise lounge. Moreover, daybeds can give you extra storage. If you already have an armchair then you can add in a foot stool for that added comfort.
>> If not in the furniture, then try to bring the accents on the walls or with a patterned rug piece. Bookshelves are multifunctional furniture pieces that do not necessarily have to be filled to the brim with books. You can sprinkle in some shelf accessories or photo frames to visually lighten the space. If you prefer e-books and do not require a lot of book space, then floating shelves would be a better alternative.
>> With the right accessories, you can transform your reading nook into the perfect escape. Patterned pillows, soft throws or a unique side table are just a few elements that you can consider adding. Colours and textures can also be added through wallpapers or wall frames with your favourite quotes or posters.
>> For those who prefer evening or late-night reading, floor lamps or decorative pendant lights are great to bring in that warm glow. There are many decorative light pieces that you can choose from to add an artistic touch to the space.
You will no longer be making excuses to take a break from reading if you make these small changes. Value your reading time by making it your personal space and, most importantly, your comfort space!