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22 Creative Ways to Decorate a Bay Window

Bay windows are a beautiful design element in a home, often native to the bay area and a big part of San Francisco  interior design. They add a little extra character, square footage, and natural light to your space. But over the years, we’ve had a ton of customers struggle to design their bay window areas. In fact, sometimes, rather than a lovely architectural element, they feel more like awkward nooks. But take heart—they’re easier to design than you may think, and this is not a design element you should just ignore! There are so many great ways to play up this beautiful feature in your home and add a little extra charm to your space!

Today, we’re going to address some common bay window interior design questions, along with some examples of bay window ideas to show you how to bring these spaces to life!

What is a bay window?

First things first—let’s define our terms. A bay window is a window space (generally made up of a trio of windows, but sometimes more) that projects outward and angles beyond the main walls of a room. This creates a “bay” in the room. These are also sometimes referred to as picture windows.

Fun fact: Rooms with four to six connected windows that form more of a curve than angles are called bow windows rather than bay windows, but overall they’re fairly similar architectural details.

What should I put in my bay window?

There are no hard and fast rules about what you should put in a bay window. But you do have a couple of main choices! A bay window can be left free of furniture and to keep the views bright and open and celebrate the natural light pouring in. But they can also be furnished—perhaps with an accent chair and side table—to maximize your space. Some bay windows have built-in window seats or banquettes; and even if they don’t, you can fairly easily build those in. Bay windows also look beautiful framed in with window treatments.

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How do you decorate a room with a bay window?

When it comes to decorating a room with bay windows, don’t just ignore them because you don’t know what to do. When designing these spaces, you want the bay window to be incorporated in the layout and design of the room—or at least be spatially considered.

If accented correctly, a bay window can be an architectural marvel in any space. You could do something simple, like using wallpaper or paint to accent the nook, or put a piece of furniture you want to highlight in the bay. We’ll get more into the specifics later in this blog, but  just know that bay window decorating ideas don’t have to be complex. We’re big on “simple but impactful” when it comes to bay window design.

What is the best window covering for a bay window?

Speaking of window treatments—what window coverings you use in a bay window is really up to you! However, the architecture of your specific bay window may dictate how to choose curtains that are suitable for your space. How deep the bay windows go and if there’s a built-in window seat in the window nook do impact your choices.

No Window Treatment

You can leave your bay windows wide open, without window coverings, if the space allows for it; this maximizes the natural light and view, if the window offers a good one. This is a great choice if you don’t need to control the amount of natural light coming in throughout the day and if you don’t need privacy in the room the bay windows are in.

Curtains, Roman Shades, or Blinds

For a more formal look, to have light control, or if you need privacy, you can add drapes, sheers, Roman shades, or blinds to your bay windows. You can even layer two of them! Layering blinds with curtains adds texture and depth, and it can help with insulation from weather.

If your bay window has a built-in window seat, you may want to skip the curtains, as these can look funny or get in the way of the little window nook. But if you absolutely love the look of curtains, you can do it—you’ll just want the curtains to end at the seat, so you’ll probably have to get them hemmed or custom-made.

Ready to see some bay window ideas in action? Whether you’re looking for living room design ideas or inspiration for a bay window in your bedroom, dining room, or kitchen, we’ve rounded up a ton of ways you can utilize these charming window nooks.

Keep reading for 22 bay window decorating ideas!

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1. A Bar Cart Lounge Area in a Bay Window

If your bay window is off of a living or dining room, it’s a great place to house a bar cart and club chair! Use this window nook to mix a drink and then kick back and enjoy this classy place to relax.

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2. Seating Nook in Bedroom

We love the idea of utilizing a bay window in a bedroom for a cute seating nook. Depending on how large it is, you can add one or two chairs, along with a side table and lamp to fill it out and add an extra touch of practicality.

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3. A Bay Window Breakfast Nook

A bay window in a kitchen is the perfect place to set up a cute breakfast nook. You could create built-in banquettes or benches, or simply add a freestanding bench. A round table makes the most sense for a rounded bay window to help you fully utilize the space.

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4. A Casual Bay Window Reading Lounge

Bay window nook designs don’t have to be formal—in fact, tuck a floor sofa in your window nook and you have a great casual place to lounge! This is a great design approach if you have teenagers. The floor sofa feels laid back, creating a cool lounge area that’s flooded with natural light.

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5. A Window Seating Nook with Plants

This built-in window seat is perfect for reading or lounging near the window and soaking up the natural light. Hanging some plants and layering in some other leafy floor plants is a great way to make this nook even more inviting. Plus, the plants will thrive in the light from the windows!

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6. A Dining Room with a Bay Window

A large bay window in a dining room can easily house a large dining table. You could have chairs around the full table or, as we did here, place a bench on the side of the table closest to the window to keep the views unobstructed.

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7. A Console Tucked into a Bay Window Nook

You can have a bay window seating area without tucking the chairs fully into the window nook. We like the idea of floating a pair of chairs away from the bay window but leaving a console in the window nook. This adds visual depth to your conversation area. Adding lamps or candles to the top of the console is a nice touch, making the view from outside extra cozy.

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8. A Kids Homework Space in a Window Nook

This type of window nook is a great place for kids to work on homework, do homeschooling activities, or even work on crafts. A small desk fits perfectly in this space and creates a little ‘room’ without being closed off.

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9. A Sofa in a Bay Window

With a bay window in the living room, you can use every inch of the space by putting the sofa in the bay. It can make the space feel more open because the sofa is tucked into the bay, giving you a little extra square footage in your space for a more robust seating area.

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10. A Sofa in Front of a Bay Window

If you have a bay window in your living room but your sofa is too long to tuck into the window nook, you can simply have the back of the sofa to the bay window. The window offers a nice frame for your sofa, without the furniture setup feeling cramped, and makes a pretty backdrop for this main piece of living room furniture.

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11. An Executive-Style Bay Window

Like the idea of working with a view? The floating desk sits centered in front of the windows, making the view out of the bay window the focal point in this design. Contrasting drapes on the outer windows frame in the view.

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12. A Bed in a Bay Window

Have a bay window or window nook in your bedroom? Skip a headboard and use your windows as a pseudo-headboard! Situating your bed in the bay will saturate your bed in natural light each morning while creating a cozy nook that frames in the bed.

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13. A Window Nook Workout Zone

This window nook is the perfect size for workout equipment, giving you a dedicated space for home workouts. You can either keep your equipment contained to the nook itself, or spill out into the adjoining room a bit to give yourself more space to stretch out. Either way, it creates a nice space to have as a zoned exercise area.

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14. A Window Nook Play Area for Kids

Bay window nooks like this can be a tight squeeze for furniture—but they’re great for kids stuff, since kids furniture is scaled down! This type of space can contain kids toys and give them their own little ‘room’ to play in.

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15. A Bay Window Seating Nook to Take in the Views

Don’t want to waste the views out your bay windows by having your sofa face away from them? If you have a large enough living room, push your sofa more toward the center of the room. Then add some seating that backs up to your sofa and looks out toward the view. While a bit of a nontraditional layout, this setup takes advantage of the views while still giving your a robust seating area in the main part of the living room.

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16. A Bench in a Bay Window

A small upholstered bench fits in this smaller bay window. The addition of a pillow and sheepskin rug makes it a cozy reading nook. Simply add a bookcase nearby for a place to store a lamp and books for reading.

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17. A Bay Window Piano Space

Grand Pianos are just that—grand. And they deserve to have a special place in the spotlight. With their curved backs, it makes sense to nestle them in a large bay window, not only making great use of the space but creating a lovely music area.

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18. A Bay Window With a Hanging Chair

Hanging chair in a bay adds a carefree and casual hangout/seating area in your home. Pair it with a pouf, plant, and geometric rug to play up the boho vibes and complete the look. It makes a great place to soak up some sunshine while curling up with a good book.

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19. A Bedroom Bay Window “Dressing Room”

Adding a chaise lounge and a full-length floor mirror in your bedroom creates some fancy dressing room vibes. This is a great option for large bedrooms or spaces off a bedroom that have open bay windows.

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20. A Bay Window Greenhouse

Want to transform a corner of your home into a conservatory full of plants? Use your bay window nook as a makeshift greenhouse for houseplants that need plenty of light. Add a humidifier to the corner to keep those tropical plants happy!

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21. An In-Kitchen Bay Window Dining Nook

If you have a bay window in your kitchen but don’t have room for a full breakfast nook, consider creating a mini breakfast spot, with just a bistro table and pair of chairs. It’s a great place for enjoying coffee and a light breakfast—perfect for a small eat-in kitchen area.

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22. A Bay Window Painting Nook

Do you have artistic inclinations? Set up an easel looking out your window and get inspired by the views. To keep your paint and supplies nearby, set them up in a bar cart, which can be moved around as needed (and hey, maybe keep a bottle of wine and wine glass stocked on the cart as well!).

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Match the Nook to the Book: 5 Reading Nooks Inspired by Classic Novels

In the midst of 2020, we’ve all needed little escapes now and again. Some days that looks like binge-watching the newest show on Netflix, other days it’s self-care like an at-home facial with a glass (or two) of wine. Another favorite activity on our team here at Modsy? Curling up with a favorite book.

We’ve been turning back to some tried and true favorite novels this year as a way to get lost in another world or another time, but in a way that doesn’t take as much of a toll on our brains. (Re-reading a book is equivalent to the ease of getting together with your best friend vs. a brand new friend, don’t you think?)

As we hunker down for the winter, we’re trying to balance out TV shows and movies with some screen-free time—and that means adding to our stack of books! And the perfect thing to pair with a good book? Good armchairs and accent chairs! (That, and a steaming mug of tea or a tall glass of wine!) But really—what better way to inspire yourself to read more than to create a cozy reading nook somewhere in your home? (Or a window nook if you’re short on space!)

Today, just for fun, we created some reading nook design ideas, inspired by some of our team’s favorite novels! Read on for an inspirational escape. (And hey, you may just find the next book on your reading list from our list!)

 

The Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

If ever there were a literary home we’d want to move into, it might just be Orchard House, the home of the March sisters in Little Women. Taking place in the Victorian era, during the Civil War, their New England home was cozy and comfortable. Dark, heavy upholstery and the sisters’ personal objects (and personalities) gave their home an intimate and welcoming ambiance. A novel that explores and fights against gender stereotypes, this space is neither overly feminine nor masculine but instead creates a space that is welcoming for all—much like the March home!

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Classic forms meet antique-inspired decorative items in this cozy, traditional reading nook. With the rising popularity of the wingback chair trend, we felt that this was just the reading nook to include this traditional armchair. Ever-restless, Jo March loved sprawling herself out on the sofa or rug—so we made sure to layer a vintage-inspired oriental rug beneath the pair of wingback chairs. A bookcase offers the perfect space not only for a personal library but also for personalized collections of trinkets and knick-knacks. This is exactly the type of space a modern Jo March would inhabit, don’t you think?

 

The Book: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

A book filled with magical realism, 100 Years of Solitude, while at times grim, is a story filled with life and color. Based in the fictitious Columbian town of Macondo, the story follows several generations of the Buendía family as they establish and fight for their utopian existence. Playing with themes of alchemy and the circular nature of time, this otherworldly story uses colors and objects to convey deep symbolism.

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To create a reading nook inspired by 100 Years of Solitude, we used a lot of bright colors and gold accents, which capture the vibrancy of Latin American culture, the town of Macondo, the gypsies who would visit this isolated town. We brought in touches of the tropical with a large house plant—reminiscent of greenery you might find in a South American jungle. We opted for accent furniture in whitewashed woods and natural materials to support that tropical vibe and inserted symbolic uses of gold throughout the space. (Can you spot the goldfish and the homage to the gold chamber pot?) Make yourself a cup of coffee and get comfortable—because you could easily spend hours, days, or even a century here curled up with a good book!

The Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby, the main character in The Great Gatsby, is known across Long Island and Manhattan for his opulent parties and extravagant wealth. Taking place in the Roaring 20s, this story highlights the reckless jubilance of this era, alongside the story of a man trying desperately to recapture the lost love of his youth.

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This space is outfitted with Art Deco-style furniture—most notably this pair of curved and pleated reading chairs. Stylistically, they’re a bit over-the-top (in all the right ways). And, paired with this plush jewel-tone rug gives this space an air of opulence. We also layered in rich materials, like mahogany wood, brass, and marble to support the glam, Deco vibe of this space. And, of course, this reading nook wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg!

 

The Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The first of many Middle Earth epics, The Hobbit is a fantasy full of peril, bravery, and adventure. But, like both this story and The Fellowship of the Ring, it begins in The Shire, which is inhabited by peace-loving Hobbits. This space is reflective of Bilbo Baggins’ eclectic home that’s inspired by his travels throughout Middle Earth.

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We started with a leather chair that has wood-carved arms and legs that have a slightly mystical and eclectic quality. We surrounded it with lots of cozy textures and materials, plus a couple of plants—because hobbits love their gardens and being out in nature! The archway is reminiscent of the architecture of a hobbit hole, built into a hillside. This reading nook—and the space surrounding it—is filled with saturated earth tones, mismatched woods, and natural textures, which give the reading nook a cozy, collected quality. Be sure to keep a tea kettle and snacks nearby for Elevenses!

 

The Book: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Holly Golightly, the heroine of Truman Capote’s novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has become something of a cultural icon thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of her in the film version of this story. Taking place in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Holly has transformed herself from a country bumpkin to a New York socialite. (Or at least someone who rubs shoulders with socialites.) She’s dreadfully chic—so we made this reading nook a reflection of that glamorous idealized version of herself. But we took a minimalist touch to the space—giving it an almost unfinished vibe that’s reflective of Holly’s inability to truly put down roots and settle down in a place.

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A mere chair wasn’t enough for a reading nook inspired by the infamous Holly Golightly. Instead, we opted for a small sofa that’s perfect for decadent lounging. Gold accents throughout contribute to the glamorous vibe, while a sheepskin rug offers opulent comfort. Inspired by the color palette of Tiffany & Co., we used accents of white against the classic Tiffany blue. Pops of bright pink bring in elements of Holly’s girlishness and zany personality—breaking up the glam minimalism of this space.

Love these literary takes on cozy reading nooks? Check out our other pop culture designs to see the homes of some of your favorite TV show characters and real-life pop culture icons!

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13 Window Nook Designs Giving Us Major Nook-Envy

If your home happens to have a window nook—well, you should consider yourself very lucky indeed. Window nooks are one of those architectural features that makes a room feel unique and special. But, similar to a nook under the stairs, figuring out a design solution to make use of a window nook that doesn’t involve custom built-ins can be tricky.

To spark some inspiration, we rounded up some of our favorite window nook interior design ideas, showing you some of our favorite ways to make use of this type of space!

A Plant-Filled Reading Nook

If you already have a built-in window seat, transform it into a cozy seating and reading area that you’ll actually want to spend time in by adding in a bench cushion and lots of pillows. Layering in lush plants will create a sense of bridging the outdoors and indoors as you gaze out your window and bask in the sunlight.

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Curl Up & Get Cozy

If you’d rather use a window seat as a storage surface or shelf, you can still create a reading nook design by tucking a cozy chair in front of the bench. Pair it with a pouf for a footrest and a side table to place your favorite beverage, and you’ll be set for some solo relaxing time!

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A Petite Home Office

Turn a small window nook into a petite desk area by hanging a sturdy shelf in the alcove. By sizing the shelf to the window nook opening, you’ll get the feel of a custom built-in without the investment. Hang a pendant light and layer in some decor, and you have a lovely little working environment. This is a perfect solution for an at-home workspace when you don’t have a separate room for a home office—plus you’ll get loads of natural light flooding in as you work!

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Soak Up Some Sunshine

Even with a small window nook, you can create a cozy window seat. Simply add lots of pillows to make it extra comfortable, and use a pouf for a footrest since there’s not room to completely spread out in this amount of space. It’s a great place to sit and bask in some natural light.

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A Beautiful & Useful Entryway Nook

Have a window nook in your entryway? Tuck a console table underneath to make use of the space! We love the idea of having a mix of practical items and decor, so that it’s both beautiful and useful. But, ultimately, it provides a great place for setting keys, hats, wallets, and other necessities. And you can even line up shoes under the table, or stash your dog’s leash or hats and mittens in a basket.

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Lounging Space for Two

If you have a long built-in window nook in your living room, turn it into a seating area for two! You could either incorporate it into the rest of your seating area in your living room, or keep it as a separate seating zone. Either way, using an ample amount of pillows will help it transform into a cozy lounging area, and a pouf gives you a place to kick up your feet when two people are lounging at the same time! It’s a great place to read, chat, or simply enjoy the sunlight and the view out the window.

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A Light-Filled Workstation

Turn an impractical window nook into the epitome of practicality by filling it with a desk and creating a workspace. This keeps your desk tucked out of the way and makes this alcove feel super intentional. Personalize the area with plants, art, and office necessities.

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A Cozy Breakfast Nook

If your window nook is off the kitchen, transform it into a breakfast nook. A round table, paired with a bench under the windows and two chairs makes the perfect cozy eating area. Painting the wall around the windows a fun accent color helps to stylistically zone the area and gives it an extra feeling of intentionality.

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The Illusion of a Built-In

Another way to approach a breakfast nook if your window nook alcove is more spacious is to incorporate bench seating around two-thirds of the table. This banquette looks like a built-in, but it’s actually a stand-alone piece of furniture. (Bonus: it has storage underneath.) To make this nook feel extra cozy and comfortable, add cushions to the benches and pillows in each corner.

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Sittin’ at the Desk in the Bay

Putting a small home office within a window nook is the perfect way to utilize a living room bay window alcove. In a space like this, there’s even room for additional office furniture. A round rug helps to zone the space while also highlighting the unique architectural detail of a window nook like this.

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Time to Unwind

You could also turn a bay window into a lounge area, complete with a lounge chair and stocked bar cart. At the end of a long day, you can mix yourself a drink, collapse into the chair, and mentally unwind. This is great for bay window areas that are off of a den or dining space, as they can double as an extra seating and socializing zone when entertaining.

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A Sunny Space for Two

If your window nook is more secluded, take the idea of a lounge area up a notch with a pair of chairs instead of a solo seating area. This creates the perfect space for intimate social gatherings or for you and your partner to chat at the end of the workday.

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Distraction-Free Distance Learning

A bay window or window nook can also be turned into a kids workspace. It’s the perfect way to create a distraction-free zone for those who are homeschooling or distance-learning. By tucking their workspace into a window nook and having their back to the rest of the room, they can concentrate on their schoolwork. A desk with shelving or drawers, plus nearby baskets, will help them keep organized, too.

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Get The Nook Look: 11 Ways to Design A Comfy Reading Nook

If you haven’t heard, we’re major reading nook fans! Who doesn’t love the idea of a cozy place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or just a little corner to snuggle up with a throw blanket and a glass of wine at the end of a long week? Now more than ever as we hunker down at home, carving out space for a designated reading nook isn’t just a good idea, it’s totally necessary.

If you don’t think your space makes sense for a reading nook, think again. The best thing about reading nooks is that it’s really up to you how you want to design them. You can simply anchor one corner in your bedroom with a comfy armchair and side table to turn it into a reading space or if you have a window seat, you can pile it with throw pillows and blankets to really make it the perfect spot for snuggling up with a book.

Of course, finding the essential furniture pieces is key to building out a stylish and functional place to read, whether it’s the choosing the perfect chair, a side table at the right height, a few poufs to use as footrests, or having all the cozy finishing touches like a soft rug and plush pillows. But once you’ve nailed down your furnishings, all you need is to do a bit of clever arranging to create your perfect place to read.

To inspire and show you how you can easily fit a reading nook in your living room, bedroom, home office, or even kid’s room, we’ve rounded up some of our best reading corner ideas in a range of interior design styles and spaces. Read on to get our tips and see how you can bring the ideas into your own rooms.

A Boho-Chic Reading Area

There’s no rule saying that reading nooks have to be tucked away. Take a cue from this eclectic boho corner where a high-back chair, pouf, and accent table create a cozy nook-like spot.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Pair a colorful pouf with a small side table for a footrest and a practical place for coffee.
  • A faux fur rug adds softness underfoot and will define the zone for your reading nook.
  • Place a chair, like a wingback or a birdcage style, by the window to capitalize on natural light.

Great For… any unused window corner in a living room, and if you love the eclectic boho look. This is also one of our favorite nook ideas for people living in a small home or working with a small living room since it doesn’t take up a lot of space but still has presence.

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A Classic Reading Nook

If you have a random window nook in your home, turn it into the perfect place for curling up with a good book. All you need are some pillows, baskets, greenery, and a rug to warm up the otherwise unused space.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lean into symmetry by hanging art on the walls and opting for accents in pairs.
  • Add layers of pillows to a deep window ledge to build out a comfy resting spot.
  • Play up a serene scene by keeping to a neutral palette of soft greens and natural hues.

Great For… anyone trying to maximize use out of an awkward alcove or window seat. We can picture this in a traditional elegant family house that has open areas along wide hallways.

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A Cozy Bedroom Spot

When it comes to bedroom essentials, a deep armchair that gives you an instant cozy reading nook ranks high on our list. Take after this bedroom and opt for a clean-lined modern armchair.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A sheepskin is a must for a bedroom reading spot that’s all about chic comfort.
  • Baskets are a necessary storage piece for holding pillows, blankets, and books.
  • Focus on armchairs versus side chairs because you want this to be a curl-up corner.

Great For… those looking for stylish bedroom seating ideas that bring more comfort and function to the corners of the room. It’s also perfect if you love to read your favorite book before getting into bed at night.

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An Industrial-Chic Reading Nook

With bold elements like a large ornate floor mirror, a black faux fur rug, and a towering sculptural bookcase, this industrial-chic nook approach combines comfort with edgy design.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A mid-century leather swivel chair makes for a cozy and design-forward anchor piece (AKA the perfect spot for lounging)
  • Bold details, like a gold mirror, lucite table, and brass floor lamp are key here.
  • A tall and sculptural floor lamp is both a style statement and a practical light for reading your book.

Great For… city-dwellers who love the urban-chic aesthetic or anyone living in a loft-like space. If you live in a city apartment with modern interior architecture, this mix of furnishings is perfect.

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A Modern Rustic Office Nook

For a modern rustic take on a reading spot, this home office corner has it all. The wingback chair, ottoman, drum accent table, and floor lamp lend big comfort while also setting a cool rustic vibe.

Essentials For this Reading Nook:

  • A high-contrast palette mixed with warm wood tones establishes the modern rustic vibe.
  • The statement rustic wood bookcase provides storage as well as major visual texture.
  • The fringed oval rug distinguishes this reading nook from the rest of the room.

Great For… any WFH office in need of a little cozy spot for unwinding and reading. If you have a shared home office, this is the ideal way to give both people a place to take breaks during the day.

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A Contemporary Reading Area

A common challenge is making sure your reading area feels separate but also part of the larger living space. This chic spot nails that balance with its contemporary-cool palette and furnishings.

Essential For this Reading Nook:

  • The gallery wall behind the armchair makes this reading spot feel like it’s own space.
  • A versatile pouf works wonders here as a footrest or extra seat for the larger living space.
  • A floor lamp with small eye-catching details is best here for a chic and practical accent.

Great For… a reading spot that’s clean-lined and seamlessly integrated into your living space. This approach is also perfect for open living and dining space in city apartments.

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An Under-Stair Reading Nook

The space under your stairs is full of design possibilities. Our favorite idea is to repurpose it into a cozy reading spot. All you need is a simple chair and a few practical storage accent pieces.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lay down an area rug to define this area as its own spot from the entry and living room.
  • Tucked away floating shelves add practical storage and keep clutter out of sight.
  • Instead of a floor lamp, hang a pendant light to maximize floor space.

Great For… homes with an awkward staircase alcove or corner that can fit a chair and some small accents. If you also work from home and need extra reading and storage space, this approach is for you.

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An Eclectic-Cool Reading Nook

An easy way to create your own reading space within a larger room is to decorate it as its own room, like this corner. The armchair, table, and layers of accents make it feel like its own space. If you have space, you could even swap in a chaise lounge for a more “home library” vibe.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • The foolproof pairing of an accent table and a pouf add instant comfort and versatile style.
  • Opt for an always-chic tufted armchair that can work with a range of eclectic accents.
  • Layering a sheepskin with an area rug sets off the space and adds a cozy, homey vibe.

Great For… those who want a place in the home to call their own within a larger living space. This can also work in a family room where one side is used for watching TV.

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A Traditional Reading Area

Sophisticated and refined, this corner for two is the definition of a classic reading nook. Perfect for a master bedroom corner, it’s as elegant as it is simple with a pair of elegant armchairs.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Traditional swivel chairs make for a great matching set in any conversation area.
  • Don’t underestimate luxe accents like a faux fur or cowhide pillow that add bold texture.
  • Fewer but more traditional accents, like a bird print, add the most impact in this instance.

Great For… a master bedroom suite with room beyond the bed for lounging. Or this can also work as a second seating area in a spacious living room corner.

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A Nursery Reading Nook

If you’re a new parent, having a comfy and relaxing spot for nursing and napping in the nursery is non-negotiable. The best part is that it also functions as a cozy reading spot by default.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A glider or rocker is a nursery anchor piece, so make sure it’s comfy for parent and child.
  • A pouf can easily be moved, is lightweight, and is non-hazardous for a baby’s room.
  • Keeping to a neutral color palette with earthy flairs adds a serene and calming feel.

Great For…  new parents who want an all-in-one nursery and kids room that’s made to handle all types of activities, from nursing to nap time.

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A Boho Window Nook

With any awkward nook or open space that’s too small to make a full room, turn it into a private reading space. Simply pull in a chair, add a rug and pouf, and layer in some lighting.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • An area rug will help define the area as well as add color and soften up the wood floors.
  • An outdoor chair, like this rattan one, is an airy yet comfy alternative to armchairs.
  • Candles and a hanging pendant make for different sources of lighting that add ambiance.

Great For… a seating area that’s off to the side in the house or an empty space that can be transformed into a private hideaway within the home.

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Design the Perfect Reading (Or Napping, Or Daydreaming) Nook

Corners can be awkward dead spaces at the fringes of your living room, or with a little TLC they can be transformed into adorable nooks. These are great spaces to cozy up with a book, your beverage of choice, or simply quiet spaces to get away from whatever the kids are watching on TV. 

If you’re like us, and all the pictures of adorable reading nooks are giving you major nook-envy, it’s time to take action and design the nook of your dreams.

We want your nook to be as unique as you, so we put together a few different designs all showcasing nooks in different interior styles. Curl up with your blanket and get ready to fall in love with your perfect nook look!

Our favorite nooks…

6477_d41. Organic Sophisticate

A calming palette of moody pastels gives an edge to this organic space. Accented with glamorous touches, like that jaw-dropping porcupine quill mirror, we imagine this space being called home by someone like Gwyneth Paltrow. We love how the natural materials interact with the subdued glam finishes for a chic and organic nook.

 

collection_6477_design02_comp01_watermarked2. Mid-Century Minimalist

A nook for those who love Mid-Century Modern design and all the good things that come with it. A neutral color palette, organic shapes, and geometric forms envelope you as curl up in the Womb Chair. This iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design was the result of a challenge to designer Eero Saarinen to make a chair Florence Knoll could curl up in. Even Modernist designers want to get cozy.

 

space_6477_design_01_modcam_005-copy3. Contemporary Californian

While you don’t have to be from the Golden Coast to enjoy this one, we just couldn’t help thinking of California with this reading nook. The palette of blues and neutrals along side organic elements evokes a particularly beachy vibe, while the clean lines add a contemporary flair. We love the pairing of our clean, white lounge chair with the organic textures of the jute rug and driftwood side table.

 

r6477_d5_wm4. Modern Rococo

If you find yourself drawn to classic formal pieces but don’t think you could live with all that ornamentation, our Modern Rococo nook is the dreamy corner you’ve been searching for. Old school forms meet modern accents in this Provincial-esque reading nook. We paired pieces that suggest a luxurious past, like the antiqued gold, oversized mirror, with contemporary accents, such as the white cowhide rug, for a look that feels both timeless and current.

 

6477_d65. Eclectic Urbanite

A warm and inviting nook for our urban dwellers. This space is a little smaller to accommodate tighter spaces (apartments need nooks too!), and features contemporary pieces with a slightly mid-century vibe. We think this nook came together over time, giving it a slightly eclectic look. We especially like the white wool pouf as an impromptu footrest for our leather swivel chair.

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