Whether you’d like to spruce up a corner of your bedroom or need a little extra inspiration to catch up on your book club’s pick, reading nooks are a cozy, stylish addition to your home. They’re small, easy to arrange, and offer a place for solitude and reflection in today’s busy world.
Read on to discover our favorite nook looks (and a few must-read books from our editors, too).
If traditional style is your cup of tea, start with a club chair and accents to match. Tufted upholstery and wooden legs create a timeless look that will stand out even as surrounding décor changes from year to year.
Recommended Reading: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
This is a classic memoir to return to for Hemingway’s spare, resonant storytelling. You get to live inside Hemingway’s mind and self-tortured heart. – Leslie
Rustic reading nooks feature distressed wood, worn leather, and other natural materials. Try a concrete end table and textiles with subtle Southwestern motifs to modernize this homestead-style look.
Recommended Reading: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
This is the most delicious required reading for anyone who loves well-drawn characters. It’ll blow apart your heart in the best possible way. – Leslie
Farmhouse & Cottage
Cat nap, anyone? A sunny bay window is a charming space for a reading nook – especially with farmhouse or cottage décor. Keep the look fresh with light colors, floral patterns, and a cozy throw.
Recommended Reading: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Set in the Appalachian mountains during the American Civil War, this Homeric tale of two lovers is a grim and beautiful exploration of love, endurance, and the wide-reaching consequences of war. – Zoe
Reading nooks can be outside, too, and offer some chic styling alternatives for your porch or patio. Start with an outdoor lounge chair and accessorize with planters, lanterns, and an outdoor area rug.
Recommended Reading: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
A chronicle of longing, lust, and unrequited love, this novel is a welcome departure from the trope of “boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl live happily ever after.” García Márquez is a masterful storyteller, and the beauty of his prose is not lost in translation from the original Spanish text. – Zoe
Mix traditional furniture with trending accents for a unique reading nook look. Bright-colored throws and woven baskets add global flair, and a bar cart serves up additional function and style.
Recommended Reading: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Delightfully funny, this book is a must-read for anyone who loves stories about family dynamics… no matter how bluntly told. – Kalee
Glam reading nooks create a sense of luxury – so take some time to pamper yourself. Plush textiles, shiny metallic accents, and saturated colors combine for a look that’s vibrant and chic.
Recommended Reading: Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion
A classic for any sensualist who veers toward melancholia. Vintage Didion. – Leslie
Looking for more inspiration? Check out lifestyle blogger Meg Biram’s bedroom reading nook.