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30+ Cozy Reading Nook Design Ideas

We would make it through our reading list if we had a cozy hideaway like these in our home. Find inspiration for your stylish snuggery or library with the help of our favorite designer reading nooks.

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Photo: Nora Ripple. From: Kathe Baker.

Make Your Great Escape

Our secret for reading more books is creating a cozy at-home hideaway to escape into your pages in peace. (Or, as much peace as you can manage if you have little ones running around.) From old-fashioned armchairs tucked next to the fire and plush chaises with a window view to built-in benches and pillow-piled love seats, we’re sharing more than 30 inviting reading nooks to inspire your snuggery into reality.

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Photo: Paige Rumore Photography. From: Vernich Interiors.

Fireside Snuggery

Dramatic emerald walls serve as a backdrop to a pair of plush ivory armchairs in this transitional home library. A deco-style fireplace is a fashionable focal point of the snuggery, flanked by three artfully appointed built-in bookcases housing ample reading material. A glossy baby grand piano nestles by the bay windows, and a brass-shaded chandelier offers warm light overhead, allowing homeowners to enjoy the local newspaper after work or knock out their book bucket list in style.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza

Aim for Opulence

Opulence abounds in this stately eclectic sitting room. The luxuriously appointed space includes a built-in window bench with rich velvet upholstery and a custom headboard that serves as a prime locale for revisiting the pages of your favorite fairy tales or thrillers. Twin brass sconces with blue shirred silk shades frame the well-dressed windows, offering bookworms ambient light for their late-night reads. Weighty shibori-inspired ivory drapes flank the alcove, providing privacy and a touch of drama to the design.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White

Serenity Found

Dove gray built-ins and misty blue walls come together to yield a serene reading nook that offers unparalleled tranquility for avid readers. The muted, cool-toned color palette is enlivened by contrasting brass hardware, a golden rattan Roman shade and a brushed brass cocktail table ideal for parking your evening tea. Matte black sconces illuminate the bench from either side of the window, and a pile of plush pillows adds pattern and balance to the bench below.

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