How to Create a Cozy & Chic Nook in Your Cottage

Reading nooks are some of the most coveted features in the home remodels that we undertake, and for good reason. Each nook becomes a vignette of pattern, texture, and coziness. It's perfect for lounging on a hot summer's day with a good book and for cuddling the winter chills away with a cup of cocoa. 

Here are 3 ways you can create a reading nook in your own home:

No picturesque bay window? No problem.

 Bunkhouse | East Lake Road | Teaselwood Design |  Alice G. Patterson Photography

Bunkhouse | East Lake Road | Teaselwood Design | Alice G. Patterson Photography

Many homeowners express their desire for a nook but follow it up with the solemn declaration, "But I can't have that because I don't have a bay window."

We delight in telling them they can still have the nook of their dreams. With a little planning, styling, and sourcing, their little escape is on the horizon.

We start by adding a built-in bench that fits tightly to the profile of your walls. Most importantly, we make it look like the nook has always been there--rather than making it look like an afterthought. 


Keep the space simple and bright

 Bunkhouse | Teaselwood Design |  Alice G. Patterson Photography

Bunkhouse | Teaselwood Design | Alice G. Patterson Photography

Our minimalistic bunkhouse project above is a great example of what you can do with a space when you don't want to "over do" the room. Simple bench cushions and throw pillows of a coordinating pattern are the staples of any good nook; anything beyond that is optional.

Pro Tip: If you decide to add window treatments, opt for Roman shades or blinds. Drapery will hang down too low and can be pulled on or damaged by anyone who is a little too excited about your new nook. (It's okay, we get excited too!)


Put the nook in new places

 Lake Summer House | Teaselwood Design |  Alice G. Patterson Photography

Lake Summer House | Teaselwood Design | Alice G. Patterson Photography

 Lake Summer House | Teaselwood Design |  Alice G. Patterson Photography

Lake Summer House | Teaselwood Design | Alice G. Patterson Photography

We love putting nooks in the kitchen. This particular nook makes a statement with rich, stormy blue hues against foamy white shiplap. The throw pillows are cast in sea patterns, making this nautical nook a great seating addition--just add a small table!

Pro Tip: No nearby windows for your little nook? Add wall art for interest and balance. 


Add a nook and wider bench seat in the bedroom

 Restored Farmhouse | Teaselwood Design |  Whitney Nichols Photography

Restored Farmhouse | Teaselwood Design | Whitney Nichols Photography

Adding a nook to your mastersuite or children's bedroom is a great use of space, as it eliminates the need for other seating areas or furniture. We made this bench seat wider to accommodate up to two people, one on each end, or one person who really wants their space. 

This nook is meant for lounging, reading, and even taking a midday snooze, whereas the narrower bench seats are meant for sitting upright.

Pro Tip: Establish who and how the nook will be used before beginning. This will determine the fabric, style, width, and height of the bench seat.

 

At Teaselwood Design, we get really excited about creating beautiful and inviting spaces for our clients and their families. We work closely with you to design a home that's all about the little details, designed with your lifestyle in mind. Contact us about your project today.