Simple pleasures bring great comfort. And the one thing I've learned over the years is that a reading chair in a cozy corner is one of life's truest luxuries. Whether your preference for words comes in the form of a modern tablet or the sensory pages of a book, having a spot to catch up on your reading and the latest news is precious real estate in any residence. The minimal requirements for the perfect reading corner include a comfortable upholstered chair, a perch for your reading material (and beverage), and lighting for evening hours. These are some of my favorite ideas.
By the Fire
With winter arriving, having a reading chair close to the fireside is a centuries-old remedy to making yourself cozy while temperatures drop outdoors. Add a lumbar pillow and a cozy throw blanket and you just may find yourself nodding off to sleep! Bonus points if Fido gets in on the fun, too.
Time for a Nightcap
Bedrooms are designed for repose, so including a cozy chair or chaise in a corner for the purpose of relaxed reading complements that important purpose. Situate your reading chair near a window to take advantage of the natural light. Or, set the mood with a cozy floor lamp.
Cozy Kids Corner
A child's room is a wonderful place for a reading chair. Children adore a bedtime story, and a rocker serves the purpose of lulling little ones to sleep once the page "The End" is turned. Keep the rest of the space cozy with blankets and stuffed toys.
For all the hours you spend in your home office doing your best work, it's nice to unplug for a period of time and curl up with interests that stimulate the mind. Having a sofa or chair in a home office affords the luxury of a few moments stolen to recharge before returning to work. A bright upholstery fabric, such as this daring pink, delivers a mood-boost.
A den or library is an obvious space to tuck a reading chair. Go bold and upholster yours in a hue or textile you love, then adorn with cozy pillows. It will beckon you to retreat to its cushioned comfort time and again!