There are few things better than unwinding with a good book at the end of a long day. Whether it’s a classic novel or the latest bestseller, reading is one of life’s great pleasures, so it makes sense that designing your reading space should also be a labour of love. Here are the key things you should consider when creating the perfect reading sanctuary in your home.
Ample book storage is essential for any reading corner. Floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves allow you to spread your tomes throughout the room and create your own unique library. This beautiful Mallorcan property embraces the traditional opulence of a home library, with deep syrup tones, leatherbound books and a ladder to help you reach the highest shelves. Depending on your reading habits, you may want to place reference books and favourite novels close to the seating area to allow for quick access. You could also create your own cataloguing system, with categories tailored to fit your individual book collection.
When it comes to arranging the seating for your home sanctuary, ergonomics is everything. Armchairs and sofas with plenty of cushions offer maximum support for long periods of sitting, and you may also want to incorporate a footstool so that you can rearrange your posture throughout the evening or afternoon. This Dominican mansion offers a variety of seating options, including plush cream sofas, wicker armchairs and a comfortable study desk.
A good lighting source is vital in any reading space. This traditional Miami beach property can cater for all light levels, with floor to ceiling windows letting in natural light during the day, and a sturdy set of blinds and antique lamp to allow for reading after sunset. In the Dominican Republic manor house, wall lights shed a warm glow on the books themselves, making it easy to select a volume to peruse after dark.
The last thing you want is for unexpected shivers to distract you from a good book. Although a reading area with a window seat is highly desirable, it can get cold in winter, so you may want to have an alternative spot somewhere warmer. The reading area in this luxurious Barcelona property is based around a fireplace so that readers can immerse themselves in literature to the crackle of warming flames.
As a final step, try to personalise your reading space. You could place flowers, ornaments or your favourite books on a coffee table, as in the Barcelona property, or display a favourite piece of artwork over the fireplace, as in this Swiss mountain chalet. You might also consider deep-set bookshelves so that you can place personal photographs and prints in front of your book collection.
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