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For some, there's nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a good book after a long day at work. To achieve the utmost tranquility, it's all about your reading environment. Sure, you can lock yourself in your bedroom away from your family, but you don't want to shut yourself out completely. You need an area that allows you to relax, dive into a novel and forget about the rest of the world for a short period of time. A cozy book nook can help you retreat to that place and add aesthetic to your home.

Here are a few tips for creating your own picture-perfect book nook:

Use an untouched space in your home
A cute space for reading can attract a lot of attention to an area in your home that might be otherwise overlooked. Transforming a space that was once only a second thought will allow you to utilize wasted space and give the area a new purpose. Perhaps it's a bare corner, an awkward hallway or a seated window sill; any of these spaces can make a great place for getting cozy with your favorite books. 

Choose your ideal seating
Seating plays a major role in your ability to wind down and feel satisfied with your book nook. Choose your seating based not only on the allotted space but also personal preference. Maybe a lounge chair belongs in this empty corner in your home, or a large sofa makes sense if you see someone joining you for a read in the near future.

Choose seating based on personal preference and allotted space.Choose seating based on personal preference and allotted space.

Make the space pop with color
You want the area to be cozy but also very inviting. Give it some character with a bright accent color. This can also help you make the space its own, which can seem difficult if it's just a corner of a room that already has it's own character. Consider painting the wall behind your seating arrangement a fresh, complimentary shade that's equally intriguing and welcoming.

Opt for cozy accessories
Your book nook should exude pure comfort; after all, it's a personal retreat space. Fill the area with plenty of throw pillows, soft blankets and other accessories that can help you wind down when you need it most.

Find the right lighting for the perfect ambiance
When it comes time to sit down and dig into your book, proper lighting could be the most important aspect of the space. Finding the right lighting to create a relaxing ambiance while illuminating your subject matter is essential. Slim floor lamps are a great choice that can easily be moved around the room or in proximity to your seating area. Many also feature a flexible arm that's easy to adjust to the direction of your reading material.

Make plenty of storage space for books
Reading material is the whole reason behind this nook in the first place, so make sure you have plenty of storage space to keep your books, magazines and journals organized. A bookshelf makes sense for many but may not work for someone who has limited corner space. Floating shelves can make book storage easy and spruce up your walls if you're lacking decor.

No matter how you go about redecorating a section of your home, professional assistance can save you time, effort and headache in the event that you don't know what to do next. If you want to create your own cozy book nook, reach out to a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors to start. One of our professionals will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your space, discuss your ideas and give personal input based on your specific wants and needs. From there, you'll create a blueprint that details exactly what you're looking for, and your personal decorator will discuss next steps to ensure you achieve the retreat feel as expected.

Gone are the days of reading in a space full of distractions. Call your design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors today to get started.

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