Gotta read? Then, this post is for book-loving newlyweds like you! We know that space in your first home may be modest. But if a reading area is a priority, then we have just the inspiration to show you the possibilities. From cozy window-seats, to his-and-hers armchair groupings, to combined living room-mini libraries! Then, to make your choice a reality, you can shop away among our suggested book-lover furniture pieces and accessories.
Living Room with a Reading Nook
Whether with built-in components or free-standing furniture pieces, see how tight spaces magically transform into inviting reading nooks!
1 – Turn even a tiny alcove into a cozy reading corner by installing a window seat with built-in book storage underneath. Then, all you’ll need are natural light from an overlooking window, and an oversized throw pillow to hug!
2 – Create a double-purpose dining and reading nook by adding comfy bench cushions and throw pillows to a wooden or concrete built-in bench. Use baskets as book holders and have a wall-mounted lamp for late-night reading.
3 – Keep your eye out for “dead spots” like the space in front of the fixed half of glass sliding doors. Assemble a stylish grouping of a classic upholstered armchair, paired with a modern side table and tripod lamp (3). Make it comfy with a crocheted throw pillow, and well-lit by balcony sunlight.
Living Room with His & Hers Reading Chairs
Prefer a larger reading area with a spot for each of you? Opt for a pair of armchairs, plus modular bookcases for both reading materials and decorative accents.
1 – Go for a bright, cheery vibe with matching yellow wingback chairs set in an all-white area. Keep the look unified with more yellows and greens in the white modular bookcases, the throw pillows, glass vases and area rug.
2 – For a more sophisticated ambiance, choose a pair of modern chairs in burnt orange to contrast with a blue-grey wall. Then, display your book collection and bric-a-brac in a glass-door bookcase, and have one sleek floor lamp each to read by.
Living Room as Office or Library, Too!
Limited space calls for creativity and resourcefulness. So “doubling up” the use of your living room as a mini workspace or library can provide your must-have reading area!
1 – Position a scaled-down office desk amidst your living room seating and have multi-purpose open shelving in the same style. Cozy up the space with items like a fluffy pouf, assorted throw pillows, flowers in a vase, a soft throw, and fun decor accents
2 – Combine mid-century to modern in a living room-library graced by a leather sofa and a swivel armchair. Then, install a wall-to-wall shelving unit to have all your books ready at hand and save space at the same time.
Book Lover Basics to Style Your Home Reading Space
We went ahead and “read” your minds! Here are our starter items we recommend for creating a book haven in even the smallest living room. *Affiliate links below.
Chair and cushions
1 – Mitzi Stone Chair – via Pier1 Imports
2 – Standard Contour Settee Cushion in Calliope Birch – via Pier1 Imports
3 – Ottoman Cushion in Vibrant Paisley – via Pier1 Imports
4 – Gold Geo Chenille Lumbar Pillow – via World Market
Shelves and table
5 – 72” Leaning Bookcase – by Matrix via Wayfair
6 – 31” Cube Unit Bookcase – by Wildon Home® via Wayfair
7 – 63” Accent Shelves Bookcase – by Wade Logan via Wayfair
8 – Curtis Coffee Table – via Wayfair from Corrigan Studio
Lighting, décor, and accessories
9 – Loden Arc Floor Lamp Base – via World Market
10 – A to Z Natural Wooden Bookends – by EC World Imports via Wayfair
11 – Natural Hyacinth Rectangular Molly Baskets – via World Market
12 – Set of 4 Live Indoor Potted Plants (red aglaonema, snake plant, philodendron, and peace lily) – via Amazon
13 – 2’X3′ Block Print Jute Chindi Area Rug – via World Market
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