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reading in the relaxed mood is like meditation; make your reading comfortable by choosing the design

What is a reading room? Well, as any book lover will know, finding a secluded space to enjoy your favourite novels can be difficult, especially while still living with parents and siblings or with a noisy family of your own. People will be constantly wandering in and out of the living room, kitchen or even study, finding reasons to interrupt your reading; maybe they’re searching for someone, or passing through, or making food. Life won’t stand still just because you’re reading, even though it may seem like it does! Even pets can pose a challenge to finding time to read, as much as we all love and adore them, so having a small space for yourself and your books only can be a perfect safe haven, to pass the hours away with your nose deep in your favourite story. So, here are some suggestions to create a relaxing reading room, and how to store the books within. Your mind needs that same, comforting environment to read properly, so make sure that you help it to absorb the words of your favourite novel, and don’t have ‘noisy’ decorations like wallpaper ruining your concentration.

1. While lighting is always best when its natural (think a large window or skylight to allow light to properly flow into the room) your late night reading binges may require some artificial lighting, for when the romantic moonlight just isn’t enough.” Lamps or even candles can be added into your reading room - as long as you address and keep in mind the fire hazard that candles in particular might pose - and can even add to the atmosphere, with scented options available for candles and mood lighting with lamps.

Although it can be nice to curl up in a comfy chair (more on that later) with a book, sometimes you need support from something solid to read, and this is where a desk or table comes in handy. Although they’re a staple in many home offices, which are increasingly common in home all around the world as of late, you may not have realised that putting a desk in your reading room could unlock a lot of hidden potential. People who read the most make the best writers, after all!

Of course, to finish off the furniture, you need a comfy reading chair where you can curl up and read to your heart’s content. “Here, comfort is key, so find a material that doesn’t irritate your skin, a color that pleases you and fits the color scheme of the room, and add as many accessories (cushions, blankets, etc.) as you need!” Grace Hobbs, a lifestyle writer at britstudent.com and writemyx.com, says. “Keeping any lighting such as lamps near your chair will be useful, since most of your reading will be happening here.

As soon as you’ve finished with everything else, it’s time to work out where to store your beloved books. Although it’s not very exciting, a conventional bookshelf - either completely traditional and old-fashioned, straight out of a Brontë novel, or something more minimalistic and modern like pictured above - does the job, and can hold many books as well as literature-themed decorations, plants and even lighting like small lamps.

Pile-esque furniture can be a fun way to avoid messy book piles which are impractical and can make your room look cluttered. Furniture which has layered shelves can hold books and make them look like they’re in staggered piles, which can be very aesthetically pleasing and make your room look homely, while avoiding actual mess.

If you still want something that looks a little like a traditional bookshelf, but also unique at the same time, then why not utilize some stair space - if you have it - and install a bookshelf into the underside of our stairs? This will wow any visitors to your reading room, and make your books blend in seamlessly with the rest of the house.

Re-purposed fireplaces are a cool and quirky storage place, but did you ever consider including a few shelves and using a fireplace as a bookshelf? If your reading room used to be a living room or front room which had a fireplace, but you don’t use it anymore, then getting it blocked up and finding another use for it is a brilliant idea, instead of leaving it unused and gathering dust.

o conclude, there are many different ways to create a reading room, and so many things you need to consider. Color, comfort and storage for all of your amazing books will lead you on the right path to creating the perfect little pocket of space for your reading, with good lighting to ensure that you can read whatever the time!

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