Our Favorite Cozy Spots to Curl Up With a Good Book
Some of the very best getaways involve no travel at all. Find a new page-turner, grab a throw blanket and settle into a glorious reading nook like one of these.
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The playful paper on the accent wall in this sitting room lends it literary-salon cred (complete with libations to wet your whistle while arguing about characters’ motivations).
Where better to page through an old-school Hollywood tell-all than beside a deep, moody hearth accentuated with romantic floral arrangements and a tray of fresh cocktails?
A pair of overstuffed chairs offer a fairly irresistible invitation to pluck a volume from these feather-grey shelves and settle in for the evening.
This guest-room nook could be the most carefully-coordinated reading space we’ve ever seen: The pops of persimmon and navy on its coffee-table books and a stack of novels pair perfectly with its area rug and accents.
Snug and Scandinavian
Who knew an art piece could be so inviting? This architectural perch pairs graceful ribbing with puffs of pillowy white upholstery, and a reader here can sink their feet into a shaggy sheepskin.
This sweet little window seat in a beautifully-restored farmhouse offers idyllic views of New York’s bucolic Westchester County.
A Lounge for All Seasons
Poolside afternoons are well and good, but a luxurious, upholstered indoor chaise is the perfect place to watch summer boughs re-clothe themselves in blazing autumn colors. In a minimal, modern bedroom, those hues will take center stage.
Plum-black paint presents this library’s window and collections like a jewel box. The plot twist: The deepness of the shade actually makes the space feel cozy rather than cold.
Despite what the Harry Potter books would have you believe, the space beneath the stairs can be the loveliest spot in the house. (It helps to have a clever designer instead of wicked guardians on hand, of course.)
The fronds beyond the window of this second-floor master bedroom carry into its jewel-toned, island-inspired reading nook, where an oceanic-teal chair and a Greek-key-patterned pillow share space with a garden stool and an architectural, coral-inspired lamp.
Dreaming in Green
There’s no need to unfold yourself from this built-in daybed: A shelf tucked beneath its celadon-striped cushions provides material for a winter’s worth of lazy afternoons.
A traditional mantel takes a turn for the ethereal with a coat of gleaming white paint, while a stately leather armchair upholstered in barely-clouded blue feels like a throne. This luxurious master-bedroom nook brings the morning light of an English garden to the fireside.
Centuries of style join forces in this eclectic nook, where a swooping vintage chair and bold Pop Art pillow recline beneath an of-the-moment bulb-light chandelier. An architectural piece above the window, in turn, gives the space a Continental, scholarly feel.
A Patch of Sun
If you’ve got a long novel ahead of you, it’s only logical to stre-e-etch out on a modern daybed. Windows and sheers on three sides give this cottage nook an ethereal daytime glow, and a pillar candle on a brass tripod table can warm the space after dark.
An independent study — complete with a sleeping platform, Eames recliner and shelves that double as dividers — gives this loft’s inhabitants an intimate spot to hit the books.
The classic wingback chairs and soaring bookshelves in this landing’s mini-library suit any and all literary choices, but c’mon: Is this or is this not the ultimate spot to solve a mystery?
It’s grand to settle in between a pair of backyard trees, but a hammock is equally at home in a space like this one, where a daydreaming reader has a hearthside nap spot and a spectacular city view.
San Francisco’s famous fog finds its way into this reading corner by way of a massive, cloudlike love seat. Retreating to bed at the end of the night is an option — but it’d be awfully tempting to nod off right here.
Nest in the Redwoods
Flora and fauna find their way into this cheerful sitting area, where a dramatic arched window adds a bit of fairy-tale magic.
Elements of Style
Creamy neutral textiles and complementary finishes on the windows, dresser and occasional table give this nook an air of gracious simplicity. This space has been edited down for a read and a cup of tea — and no distractions.