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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.