As winter makes itself known across Australia, there’s no better time to build a long reading list and create plenty of excuses to stay cuddled up with a blanket inside. If you don’t have a cosy nook that’s designed just for you, you’re missing out on the perfect place to find some peace and relaxation. Even ten minutes in the course of a busy day can make a world of difference – carving out a space that represents rest and quiet can often be the first step to actually getting some!
Creating that cosy reading or viewing nook doesn’t have to break the bank. With some thoughtful and strategic furniture and decor options, you can build a little corner that may quickly become your favourite space in the house.
If you’re looking to sell your home, creating a reading nook can also contribute to a positive first impression for your potential viewers. By suggesting more spaces for them to relax and unwind in the home outside of the key living spaces, you’re able to demonstrate the property’s strengths and appeal. This can be achieved through strategically making the most of home styling experts, whose job it is to bring your home’s potential to life.
Here are our tips for building a cosy nook designed to make the most of your downtime.
Creating a nook doesn’t mean you need to take over an entire room. By looking around your home with fresh eyes, you may be able to identify a corner that’s currently underutilised. Take a look at spaces in bedrooms, offices, or large entrances to see if there’s an empty corner – one that ideally gets a good dose of sunshine. Property styling is one way you can make the most of these spaces, drawing prospective buyers’ eyes to the hidden potential of each room.
Great light is key to creating a cosy and inviting nook. While natural sunlight is always a winner, a great floor lamp or desk lamp can make a huge difference to the way a space feels. Look for a lamp that can create a nice, warm glow, creating a sense of rest and invitation.
If you want to settle in for an uninterrupted reading session, a comfortable chair is non-negotiable. Soft, well-structured chairs can make or break a look. Consider chairs which are going to be super comfortable, as well as beautiful.
Ottomans can also help to elevate a reading nook, making it even cosier as you can stretch out while diving into your favourite novel. Side tables or smaller coffee tables are also important, working to tie the space together and ground it into a nook (and necessary for holding cups of tea and snacks).
Different colour schemes will work wonders in different spaces, so being aware of the impact you’re looking to have in your nook is the first place to begin.
Soft neutrals easily add a touch of class and luxury, while cool tones can be calming and grounding. Warmer hues may work well in spaces where you’re looking to brighten and enrich.
Colours can be introduced through soft furnishings, such as throw pillows and blankets, as well as decor such as photo frames, vases, plants, paintings and more.
Pabs’ expert stylists can transform your home’s unused corners through home staging and property styling solutions. Get in touch to learn more about furniture rental packages and make the most of your home’s cosy potential.