I've always had a thing for reading nooks...
There’s something about them that I find really charming, and I love the way they instantly make a home feel lived-in. For this reason, I’m always trying to incorporate them whenever possible into my designs for clients, whether it’s a cosy window seat or an empty corner in a room.
Ordinarily I would source a comfy armchair for a reading nook, but as I have a large corner sofa in my living room (I’ll be doing a full living room reveal soon!) I realised that this end next to the fire, which isn’t in the ideal position for TV viewing, would instead create the perfect little cosy corner to curl up with a book.
I find that the main piece that transforms the space from an extra seating area into a purposeful reading corner is the choice of lighting. Adding a floor lamp is the perfect way to add some height and light for late-night reading sessions. In my living room I paired this beautiful tall, streamlined floor lamp (scroll for a close-up!) from Lights.co.uk with a small vintage painting, an assortment of patterned cushions and a linen throw for the perfect mix of tones and textures. This look shows that all you really need to create a reading nook is a place to sit, a lamp and a little decor to set the scene.
Depending on the positioning of your reading nook, different lights may be best suitable. If you have the space to mix in a side table to hold a candle, drink or snack, then a table lamp may work best – although I often design reading nooks with a side table and a floor lamp too. Alternatively, if you’re more limited for space and your nook is right in the corner of a room then a wall light would work well to illuminate the area and create a focal point.
I’ve partnered with Lights.co.uk on this post – a brand with hundreds of thousands of lighting options that I often use to source lighting for my designs. Below I have picked a few of my favourite wall lights (including a practical plug-in lamp – no wiring required!), table lamps and floor lamps of theirs (all under £200) that would blend seamlessly into any home, especially if you’re looking to replicate our own “Timeless Transitional” design style within your own home.
* post features gifted products
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