Reading Nooks: A Trendy Home Design Feature

Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. It seems that although people want to have all the latest technological devices available to keep them connected, they also yearn for an escape from the constant connectedness. Tech-free zones are becoming a popular part of home designs.  A reading nook where only print types of magazines and books are allowed is a great place of escape from electronic devices. A reading area can be designed to accommodate children of all ages and adults with various reading styles and decorative preferences.
Reading Areas for Kids
Generally, children are more concerned with comfort than style. A reading area for kids could be something as simple as a bean bag or floor pillows placed near a window. A small bookshelf stocked with age-appropriate books and good lighting is all that’s needed to make the area a delightful place for kids to spend time. Recessed lighting or a wall sconce are good options for a young child’s reading area. Table lamps work well for older children.  Children often like secluded, private spaces. An indoor teepee in their bedroom could become a reading spot. Teenagers might like a hammock hung in a corner of their room to create their private reading and relaxation space.

Reading Areas for Adults
Reading nook designs for adults can be simplistic and casual or elegant and sophisticated. The basic essentials for a personal reading area are comfortable seating and good lighting. Since this area is typically small, space-saving reading floor lamps are a good choice of lighting. These lamps are available in diverse designs so you can easily find one that suits your individual taste and complements your overall décor. Your reading nook is an excellent place to include a bookcase that’s as large as space allows. On it, you can store your collection of books and display some of your favorite photos or decorative accent pieces.

If you, like many people, find yourself still attached to your technological devices when you’re outdoors, creating a designated outdoor reading space can encourage you to enter the area with nothing other than a book or magazine and a beverage in hand. A corner of the patio, deck or garden can be transformed into a reading space. Anything from a hammock to a chaise lounge works in an outdoor reading area.

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