Reading is something that many of us claim not to do anymore. Look on a friend’s Facebook profile, and under ‘favourite book’ you’re likely to find that it just says something dismissive (‘yeah right!!! Lol!’) or that it’s left completely blank. While many people claim not to enjoy reading though, they probably would enjoy it more if they gave it more of a change. And they probably already reading in a lot of other ways – whether that’s reading online or in magazines and newspapers.
Perhaps it’s for this reason that there’s still something highly appealing about the idea of sitting down to read a good book in a nice chair with a cup of tea. It means switching off from the outside world and from technology, and being whisked away into a different world in your head with no interruptions and with none of the eyestrain you get from the TV. Don’t believe me? Create a ‘reading corner’ in your room and just see what a reaction it gets and how much more enjoyment and relaxation you get from your room as a result. Here’s how to do it…
The first thing you need is a nice bookcase that can serve as a place to hold the books and allow you to organize them well. You’ll notice as soon as you add a bookcase to your room that it makes it feel more homely and adds to the visual interest of the space. Books actually make very nice decorations on their own and can really lend a touch of class to a room too.
Next you need somewhere to sit that will look at once studious and comforting. Using leather furniture is a good move here as it will make your room feel more timeless and because it’s so supportive and comfortable. Place this just next to your bookcase so you can reach the books you want without getting up.
A good additional feature is a coffee table. Sit this just in front of your sofa/chair and it will serve as a place to stand drinks as well as somewhere to leave a magazine or a book when you get up. This is a great way to start conversations about what you’re reading and to tempt you back into the book when you’re walking past. Plus, reading isn’t reading unless you have a nice cup of tea to go with it (alternatively this can be stood on an empty shelf of the bookcase).
You will also need a good lamp for reading and this is important for those quiet evenings in. Use a free standing lamp right next to the bookcase and the sofa so that it casts a luxurious warm glow around the whole corner and makes it all the more inviting.
If your furniture choice isn’t reclining, then you might want to add a footstool. This will be perfect for leaning back and taking a load off your feet after a long day at work. Mental and physical relaxation…