A cozy nook is the perfect spot for reading, resting, journaling, and much more. Here are some great ideas to help you create the perfect nook (or two) in your home.
Why a nook?
You might wonder why you need a nook in your home when you have chairs and a bed that can do the same job. The beauty of a nook is that it’s a kind of hideaway from the rest of the house — a little Narnia, if you will (especially if your nook is inside a closet) — where you can go to let the world pass you by and take a bit of me time.
In a nook this is a lot easier (and nicer) to do than in a “normal” chair and, by using a nook, you won’t start using your bed for reading and journaling and listening to podcasts, etc. so that it loses its identity as a place of rest.
What will you use the nook for?
Before you decide on a place to use for your nook(s), you need to keep in mind what you will use the nook for. For instance, will it be a cozy reading or journaling nook or one where you can practice yoga and meditate? Maybe all of the above?
What you use the nook for will be very important in deciding not only where the nook will be, but also how you will decorate your nook. It will also dictate whether you will need a power outlet for your laptop or to charge your eReader or tablet, for instance.
Where will the nook be?
Once you’ve decided what you will use the nook for, you can start to look for the perfect spot for your nook. This can range from anywhere from the living area or a corner of the TV room to your bedroom, the study or even the guest room. If you have an attic that has some space and doesn’t take gymnastics to get into, or a room above the garage, this can also be put to good use.
If you’re going to add some new furniture, now is the time, also to take measurements. It’s easy enough to move things around if you’re going to use furniture you already have and it doesn’t fit into the nook, but quite a different story if you’re going to get new furniture!
How to decorate the nook
Decorating is the most fun part of making the nook — let your imagination go wild!
If you’ve decided on a reading nook, decide whether you’d like an armchair, would like to flop down in a giant bean bag, or even just sit or lie on some scatter cushions. You can also keep a small bookcase in the nook for the book(s) you’re busy reading or that are next on your reading list.
For a journaling nook, or writing nook, consider getting a lapdesk of some sort if you’re not going to get a desk and chair for the nook but rather a single chair or also sitting on a bean bag or floor. The same goes for a craft nook. Make sure that all your craft materials are stored neatly and even with some creative flair and voilá! For a craft nook you’ll most probably need a desk and chair, though, depending on the hobby you’re going to be pursuing.
Maybe you’d like to create a meditation nook rather. In that case, candles and/or incense and whatever else you use when you meditate and a place to keep them are necessary, while, if you want to create a yoga or exercise nook, you will need a space that is large enough to spread out in.
Think about how you can upcycle or reuse items of furniture in your home that you love, but have no other space or use for. You can even use this time to declutter a bit and find all those old treasures again!
If you are going to upcycle the furniture in your nook, you don’t have to even think about just using a bookshelf as a bookshelf – you can even use an old, wooden ladder to great effect after it’s been sanded down (to get rid of any splinters).
You can even go the extra mile — especially if your nook is under the stairs, for example — and use wallpaper or paint to give the walls a whole other feel. You can also paint the walls with blackboard paint and decorate to your heart’s content with chalk pens. Chalkboard paint is also a great idea when you are planning a kiddies nook.
Photos and trinkets can round off a nook to perfection and make you feel safe and secure while you’re having some me time.
Be sure to choose a theme, though, as “a bit of everything” can soon look cluttered and uninviting. But remember that your nook should be your breakaway from the world, so make it according to your taste!