Four things make a great reading nook:
- Comfortable seating. Whether it’s an armchair, daybed, or a tree branch, make sure you can get comfortable so you can enter into your book without physical distractions. Pillows and blankets help.
- Excellent lighting. Both natural and artificial light that does not strain the eyes with glare or cause shadows on your reading material is good. If you sit by a window, you may need to dress it to reduce heat and brightness. When using a lamp, check the bulb to see if you like the light quality (dimmer switches are also helpful), and position the light source overhead and behind you, preferably over one of your shoulders.
- Privacy. If you have a nook, the three sides enclosing your reading area can give you a sense of privacy and separation from the rest of the house. However, if you don’t have such an alcove, you can designate a reading area–a special chair and lamp, possibly in your bedroom or, if in the living room, set apart from the rest of the seating designed for conversation and socializing.
- Decorate it. A reading nook or area is a space like any other, and creating a vignette with art and flowers is a great way to appreciate it when you’re not using it, and also appreciate it when you are in it. The artwork above catches the eye from afar, while the neutral palette at eye level (when the reader is ensconced) keeps the focus on one’s imagination. The dogwood blossoms and branches evoke reading under a tree.
You can find more such beautiful interiors on the web site of photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo, author of Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature.