22 Stylish Reading Nooks That Are Designed for Getting Cozy

Inspiring design ideas for small spaces, bedrooms, living rooms, and more.

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There's nothing quite like unwinding with a good book, whether you prefer to read in bed or curl up on your living room sofa. Plus, now that we're all spending more time indoors, it's the perfect time to join a virtual book club (GH just launched one, and each title is hand-picked by our editors!).

But finding a comfy spot to read to your heart's content isn't always an easy task. It really depends on the amount of space you have, the room's layout, the style of furniture you gravitate toward, and just how much quiet you need to enjoy the page-turner of your choice.

That said, we're sharing some decorating inspiration to help you craft the reading nook you've always wanted. These design-forward reading nook ideas are full of practical and affordable tips to complete your space.

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Chic Chartreuse

Sometimes, all it takes is an unexpected color palette to breathe life into a space. Here, chartreuse in varied tones pulls this reading nook together.

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Layla Palmer
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Natural Touches

Natural accents, including a wood paneled wall and woven storage basket, bring warmth to this white reading nook.

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Inviting Seating

This reading nook benefits from tripod-style lighting and seating dressed in a cozy white rug.

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Built-in Bookshelves

You can't go wrong with a window seat coupled with built-in bookshelves.

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Vintage Look

Play up your love of all things vintage by displaying your favorite curios, whether it's a decorative trunk or signage that can add character to a gallery wall.

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David Tsay
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Shiplap Walls

Shiplap walls, painted white for a modern twist, lend a dose of farmhouse style to this inviting reading nook.

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Christopher Baker
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Floral Patterns

A floral patterned chaise and area rug bring a sophisticated elegance to this reading space.

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Built-in Bed

This built-in bed, featuring an attractive pastel blue hue, offers ample storage for books and artwork.

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Dana Gallagher
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Rustic Wood

Unfinished wood adds to this bedroom reading nook's relaxed vibe.

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Tim Street-Porter
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Inviting Neutrals

A pair of patterned pillows bring comfort to this neutral living room that's perfect for reading.

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Stacy Zarin Goldberg
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Stylish Swing Chair

A rattan swing chair adds a playful touch to this bedroom's reading space.

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Annie Schlechter
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Wood Meets Plaid

A mix of wood tones, complemented by layers of tartan fabric, steal the show in this reading nook.

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Rachel Shingleton
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Blue and White

A leather armchair, topped with blue-and white pillows, makes this an ideal spot for reading.

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Mike Garten
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Relaxed Appeal

The combination of shiplap walls and a tree stump end table boost this reading area's laid-back vibe.

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Lisa Romerein
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Traditional Library

A traditional library setup — complete with an upholstered leather chair and built-in bookshelves — is a no-fail option for reading.

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Jeff Herr
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Rich Wood Tones

Plaid seating lends contrast to this library's rich wood shelves and flooring.

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Jane Beiles
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Large Windows

A simple upholstered ottoman, positioned in front of large windows, makes for a cozy reading spot.

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Charming Settee

Thanks to a high-back settee, this reading nook is packed with charm.

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Eric Roth
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Light-Filled Bedroom

A chaise set in front of windows allows this bedroom's reading nook to make the most of natural light.

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Randy O'Rourke
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Textured Gray Detail

A gray textured chair and complementary foot rest soften the look of this reading nook's wood doors.

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Kid-Friendly Nook

From a ceiling boasting playful leaf decor to an energetic orange bench cushion, any kid would appreciate this reading nook.

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Orange Hues

A neutral chair is enlivened with an orange throw, which echoes the hues featured in the large-scale painting.

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