Cre­ate your per­fect book nook

READ­ING IS JUST PLAIN GOOD FOR THE SOUL. WE SHOW YOU HOW TO SET UP THE PER­FECT SPACE FOR IT IN YOUR OWN HOME

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We’re a land of read­ers, with 88 per cent of Ki­wis re­port­ing they read, or started to read, at least one book over the last 12 months. Most of us read for re­lax­ation and en­joy­ment and we read an av­er­age of 20.6 books a year. This is great be­cause there are many ben­e­fits to get­ting lost between the cov­ers of a good page-turner – in­creased vo­cab­u­lary and brain power, and greater em­pa­thy, among oth­ers. And we think that’s all the ex­cuse you need to cre­ate a space in your home ded­i­cated to the writ­ten word.

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Choose wisely

Your read­ing nook doesn’t have to be big, but it’s worth look­ing at how you set up the space. Ac­cord­ing to feng shui prin­ci­ples, keep­ing the door in your field of view can help you feel safer and more re­laxed, while po­si­tion­ing book­cases be­hind your chair may mean you’re less dis­tracted.

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Take a seat

Once you’re stuck into your book, you’ll likely be there for a while, so take a mo­ment to think about your seat­ing choices. If you curl up into a ball while read­ing, you may opt for a daybed, while if you pre­fer sit­ting up, go for an arm­chair. What­ever you choose, throw in some hygge el­e­ments with pat­terns, tex­tures and colours that make you feel cosy – and keep ex­tra blan­kets nearby for win­ter read­ing ses­sions.

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to na­ture

Hav­ing a good bal­ance of nat­u­ral light­ing and lamps will let you read around the clock – es­pe­cially if you’ve cho­sen a proper page-turner. Adding el­e­ments of na­ture, whether through art­work, house­plants, or even dif­fusers with na­ture-in­spired scents, can make for a hap­pier, more re­laxed space, too.

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pre­pared

If you can’t put your book down, in­clude spa­ces for those lit­tle essen­tials. Good op­tions in­clude a bas­ket with ex­tra pil­lows, a space for head­phones or a lit­tle speaker, or a small ta­ble to put a glass of wa­ter or cup of tea within reach. You could even add in an ot­toman with stor­age space in­side for your read­ing essen­tials – it has the added bonus of be­ing the per­fect way to put your feet up and get lost in the story.

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