Last week I painted our small loft area, and ever since I have been thinking about how to style it. In my 2022 home project plans, I mentioned that I wanted to create a quiet corner / reading nook for the kiddos, which is still the plan. But it got me thinking about the common design dilemma of empty corners and small spaces that we just don’t know what to do with! So I decided to create three different mood boards. Ready to decorate a cozy corner, for yourself or your kids? I hope you find this post helpful, and you will have to let me know which design is your favorite!
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How to Decorate a Cozy Corner for Reading
The first design is a classic cozy corner for sipping coffee in the morning, or reading a book at night. I love the look of this olive chenille chair and arched ottoman together! I also included a side table for a mug, a basket for current reads, and a floor lamp for good lighting.
For all three designs looks, I also included a small round rug. If you already have a large rug in your room–for example if this is a corner in your bedroom–I would omit the round rug. But if you have a small loft area like me, it ground the space. The small size and round shape will prevent corners from sticking up in high traffic areas, while still adding a layer of coziness.
framed canvas art | wood and metal floor lamp | olive penn chair | faux dogwood branches | malaga vase | pedestal accent table | patterned round rug | braided seagrass basket | martini upholstered ottoman
How to Decorate a Cozy Corner for Two
If you have enough room and would like to create a cozy corner for two people, here is a design with two wood frame chairs and two round ottomans. I also included a reading lamp, faux olive tree, and pretty gallery wall of vintage art. This patterned rug is one I have had my eye on; I love the subtle greens and pinks.
How to Decorate a Reading Nook for Kids
Finally, here is a design that is close to what I plan to do with our loft area! I’m planning to create a cozy reading corner for my kids with a cabinet for storage, a few book ledges for displaying seasonal favorites, floor cushions, pillows, and some decor staples that blend with the rest of our home. This is an area of our home that I walk past often, and until now it has felt like an afterthought. I’m excited to make it an intentional space where we can cozy up, read books, and make memories as a family!
book ledges | brass picture sconce | framed scribble art | faux eucalyptus stems | wood bowl | circle vase | alpaca soft toy | black cane cabinet | lidded basket | tufted floor cushions | striped pillow | floral pillow | woven cube ottoman | round jute rug
And there you have it, three ways to decorate a cozy corner in your bedroom, living room, loft, or any empty and neglected space in your home. Which is your favorite, and do you already have a spot for reading or sipping your favorite drink? My personal spot is my office nook, but I’m looking forward to adding another option! Xo,