In addition to exercise and good food, we constantly find excuses to skip reading. “If only I had a better reading chair,” said the aspiring literary critic. However, when you’re trying to get used to reading again, you’ll want a reading area that you can name yourself. This is an area that should be kept separate from the rest of your home, while it should be made clear to the rest of the household that a book doubles as a non-intrusive sign. While we don’t have actual reading recommendations for you, we can share some helpful tips and tricks for setting up a reading area in your home.
Get yourself a comfortable reading chair
Reading is going it alone, and your reading area should reflect this. While you may have matching chairs in a conversation nook, a reading chair should be different from the rest of the furniture in your home and should be unique. You don’t want anything to detract from the rest of your decor, but a vintage statement can be very effective in decorating this part of the home.
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Do not place your chair in high traffic areas
With all of the distractions around us, it can be difficult to find the headspace to focus on a book. When creating a reading area, try to avoid as many distractions as possible, including other people. While the living room may seem like an obvious choice, you should place your chair in the bedroom with no household distractions.
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Section from your reading area
If you don’t have a private library, make your reading area different from the rest of your house. A rug or accent wall is a great way to do this.
Check out the cowhide rug we placed in the reading area of this Sag Harbor weekend retreat.
Get the right lighting
Proper lighting is key to reading. Of course, you need to be able to see the words on the page, but you don’t want an overly bright light. To get the right mix, consider adding a bit of ambient light to the room you’re reading, combined with a single work light.
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A side table
It doesn’t matter whether you start the day with a cup of coffee or end it with a nightcap, books and drinks always go well together. Instead of putting your drink on the floor, or worse, try avoiding it, put a small table next to your reading chair so you can put the drink of your choice down.
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When the weather gets colder and you get out the blankets, don’t forget to put one on your reading chair. On cold winter nights, curl up with a blanket and some hot apple cider or something stronger. And don’t hesitate to compare your blanket to your chair. If you have a solid, neutral chair, choose a light or vibrant ceiling and vice versa.
And while you’re at it, check out our guide to throwing blankets.
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A great way to partition off your reading area is to surround it with books. Whether you use a bookcase or wall shelves, you want to have all of your favorite novels within easy reach of your reading chair.
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