Long time, no see! Today I am writing a post that is a little different to my usual stuff, but I am very excited to share it with you all…
(Note: This post is created in collaboration with Arhaus, a store that has an abundance of reading nook worthy furniture. Make sure you check out their website by clicking here.)
Now, very clearly, reading is a big part of my life. I read every single day, and love every single moment of it. But where do I read? Well, I read in a variety of places, from buses to benches, sofas to bathtubs. However, a large part of me is partial to curling up in that special, reserved reading spot. It just adds to the magic of it all: sitting down, a book already there waiting for you, and knowing that all you have to do for the next few minutes/hours/days is read, and all you have to think about is the characters, and the only drama in your life is their’s.
A few days ago, Arhaus got in contact with me, and got me thinking about reading spaces: how important they are, how cosy they can be, and generally how awesome it is to design them. Now, I’m only a teenager, and a long way off from leaving home and creating my own reading nook in my own house. However, that does not mean to say I cannot dream about what my future reading space could/should/will look like. Thus, today I am going to share with you a mood board of sorts, delving into my furniture preferences when it comes to reading-appropriate decor. Let’s get started!
When I imagine my dream reading space, the first thing my mind jumps to is storage. I know, unconventional. However, I love scrolling through Tumblr and Pinterest and finding unique shelving decisions. For example, this piece available at Arhaus:
This is the Colton 63″ Library, and I love it, and how this space is designed around it. There is a lot of space available to stack your books – as you can see – though the shelves remain minimalistic and simple. Also, the ladder feature gives it an extra dimension of individuality. I can definitely imagine my reading space having a key piece like this. Click the image above to find out more, or click here to see some more beautiful bookcases and cabinets.
Next, it’s time to think about seating arrangements. I definitely favour a soft seat as opposed to a hard one, though I love looking at benches or sitting shelves overflowing with oversized pillows and blankets. For my dream reading nook, however, I would have to pick a large sofa, one that I can curl up on, or sprawl out on, depending on my mood.
I love this sofa from Arhaus – it ticks all of the boxes! The neutral colour is also beautiful, and could be paired with any array of decoration – including throw pillows and blankets for the colder months – whilst still looking light and airy for the summer months. Click the picture above to find out more, or click here to see some more amazing sectional sofas from Arhaus!
The next important feature we must consider is lighting: what’s the point in a reading nook if you can’t see what you’re reading?
I personally love a new trend that we can see coming through: industrial lighting. I think it gives a place character, and would provide a great, warm atmosphere for my reading nook. Arhaus has some beautiful pendant lights available on their website, personal favourites of mine being from the industrial collection:
I love the style of these lights, and all the different lengths adds that extra bit of character to the space. Ideally, I would make the switch a dimmer so I could change the brightness of the lights to my preference for that day. Click the image above to shop these lights, or alternatively click here to see other lighting options from Arhaus – they have so many beautiful options!
Just imagine it: picking your current read up off the shelf, curling up on the sofa with blankets and pillows, and opening your book under warm lighting, burrowing down for some well-deserved reading.
I can’t imagine anything better.
Thank you for reading – I hope you enjoyed my post!
What would your ideal reading nook look like? Describe it down in the comments!
Love, Olivia x