Whether it’s over a cool lemonade on a hot summer day, or a cup of tea and snow outside your window, there’s nothing more appealing than immersing yourself in a book. Losing yourself in interesting literature can tear you away from the real-life problems you’re dealing with or simply help you pass the time in the best possible way.
Reading widens your horizons and gives your mind some workout to remain healthy. If you’re a book lover and want to truly enjoy every book you read, you should make sure there’s a perfect place for that in your home. Here is how you can do that.
Make it light
Probably the most important thing about a good reading spot is that it gets plenty of light, so that you don’t strain your eyes, as you have to become more protective of your vision once you turn 50. If possible, pick a place near the biggest window you can find, so that you can read in natural light as often as you can.
However, you should also invest in some light fixtures. Not only are they useful as light sources for some late-night reading, but they can also serve as decorative elements. So, pick some lamps, pendant lights or wall sconces or anything else you like and have them match the style you’ve picked for your reading nook.
Make it comfortable
If reading is one of those wonderful hobbies you’re focusing on, whether you’re already retired or you’re waiting to be, it’s essential that you feel comfortable while doing it. After all, you don’t want your legs, back or neck to become stiff due to being in an awkward position for too long. A quality armchair and an ottoman may be the perfect idea for those who have enough room for it. If that’s not the case with you, you can always look for some floor pillows.
They would allow you to sit down and read in a position that suits you, and then you can simply move them later and repurpose the space. Finally, if you have a built-in bench, find some fluffy cushions, so that what you sit on and lean on is always soft and cozy.
Make it warm
There are several ways to add warmth to your reading nook. For instance, if your home has a fireplace, you can always create your reading nook near it. Also, some curtains on your window and a few blankets might do the trick.
However, probably the best way would be purchasing a nice rug. Rugs are an important decorating element in many cultures across the world: from Scandinavian countries, Iran, and India to New Zealand, Australia and the US. You can use them as isolation for your floors, as decoration for your reading nook and as a good surface to sit on when you feel like reading on the floor. For example, you can easily find some of the finest rugs in NZ online and choose between different styles, patterns and materials. Treat yourself with a modern or a traditional rug, a monochrome or a tribal one, and use it to make your reading nook perfect for you.
Make it yours
If you’re aiming for a reading nook you’ll love spending your time in and that won’t only make your reading hours enjoyable, but also be so attractive that it will have you anticipating for the next free moment to stay there, you should personalize it. Put up some family photos, throw in some souvenirs from your travels and paint it in colors you prefer. Add a potted plant or some scented candles and you’ll get a stress-free sanctuary simply made for reading and unwinding after a long day at work or playing with your grandchildren.
Make it practical
All décor aside, what you really want is to sit down and read for as long as you like without having to get up every few minutes to get something. This means that you should have all the things which you consider reading-related, starting with the obvious – books. You should have a bookshelf packed with all the books you want to read and one or two you’ve already read, but want to go back to.
If you like reading over a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or an afternoon cocktail, then a small coffee table might come in handy. A few drawers underneath your bench or a couple of decorative boxes on the lowest shelf will be ideal for some of the things you might need while reading, such as a pair of warm socks, a tissue box for a sad book ending or your reading glasses when you’re not using them.
Any woman mature enough to know exactly what she likes and what she wants should simply go out and get it. So, if what your heart desires is a calm corner of your home dedicated to your love of reading, it’s about time you get one and fully appreciate your reading time.
This guest post was graciously provided by Robert Clayton. Robert is a blogger with a degree in engineering based in Sydney. His interests and passions include DIY, green technologies and home improvement. He also loves good food, music, dogs and enjoys spending time by the ocean. He’s a regular contributor for Smooth Decorator, An Australian Home improvement website.