Posted by Dan O'Malley in Home Design

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book on a rainy weekend.

Grab your favorite blanket, some comfy pillows, an aromatic candle, and the next book on your reading list and snuggle up in the reading nook of your dreams!

Person Reading and Cuddling Pet

Here are 8 home reading nook ideas from our model homes to inspire your cozy literary haven.

Bibliophile’s Bliss

Since this will be a space all for you, design an oasis with all your favorite things. Trust us: go all out in your reading nook. You’ll crave coming home to this every day, and you won’t want to leave!

Reading Corner With Leather Lounge Chair

An interior decorating trend we love is using the books themselves as a decorative highlight—sort them by color or get book jackets to work them into your color scheme.

Modern Style Home Library

Pro Tip: To mesh with the rest of your home’s design style, tie in elements of your other décor, such as a classy black-and-white theme with pops of color for a delightful take on the Modern style.

Glorious Getaway

For a room you can fill from top to bottom with your impressive book collection, consider an area in your home that has bookshelf potential, such as a study, loft, flex room, or bonus room.

Even if this room has an arch or an oblong shape, you can craft your bookshelves to work with the room’s architecture, resulting in an irresistible book loft vibe.

Loft Library

Pro Tip: Invest in good lighting and go for a moody, dark color scheme in this area to heap on even more coziness.

Light-Filled Loft of Literature

You’ll of course need plenty of good light! Between the right kinds of lighting elements within the room as well as abundant natural light, choose a space in your home that will create an environment conducive to reading.

Loft Reading Area

Pro Tip: This multipurpose space can easily flex as a game room as well—just keep your favorite board games stored next to your books to grab whatever the moment calls for!

Enchanting Escape

Maybe you’re going for an energetic, fun flair in your reading nook as you get swept away in the latest Sci-Fi adventure novel.

Opt for warm colors that give you a serotonin boost and set your reading space apart from the rest of your home.

Yellow Study

Pro Tip: Make the room’s vibes even cozier by placing Edison bulbs in your reading lamps.

Reader’s Refuge

Level-up the comfort in your reading nook by layering cushy rugs, adding velvet accent furniture, choosing a soft and dimmable lighting fixture, and contrasting wood furniture with a patterned wallpaper.

Elegant Reading Area

This reading nook idea is perfect for adults, since it elevates the whole area to an elegant, sophisticated retreat. You’ll be sneaking away to this area every chance you get!

Pro Tip: To really include everything you could need all in this one space, add a coffee or tea corner, a wine bar, or a mini fridge for snacks.

Saturday Morning Sanctuary

A loft makes an absolutely divine reading nook, since it’s typically positioned away from the loud TV room and other highly trafficked areas of the home.

Perfect for slow starts to Saturdays, the soft morning light will warmly illuminate the seating area as you sip your coffee and consume a few chapters of that historical fiction page-turner.

Light-Filled Loft

Pro Tip: Lofts hold endless potential and can even serve simultaneous purposes. Get more loft decorating ideas for your home!

Homey Hideaway

For the younger book-lovers in your household, add a tent or fort to your reading nook—complete with LED-powered candles and plush floor pillows—to give them the most fun way to read!

Pro Tip: Keep plenty of other seating options around to encourage everyone to join the reading club during staycation or school breaks.

Reading Area With Kids' Tent

Creativity Corner

Decorate a kids’ reading area with their favorite animals and colors to make this a space all for them—a great way to spark a love for reading early in life!

This room will become a crucial part of the bedtime routine as you read another chapter in your little bookworm’s favorite book to them as they toddle off to dreamland.

Parent Reading Book to Baby

Pro Tip: Add crafts, coloring books, art supplies, toys, and games to this space for a multipurpose kids’ room. You can also update this area over time with their evolving preferences (and book collection).

Kids' Loft Area

Whether you prefer coffee or tea, a mystery novel or an autobiography, a paperback or hardcover, or an e-book or a traditional book, your personal reading nook will be the dreamiest place to get lost in a great book, because it will be perfect for you!

Woman Reading on Tablet and Drinking Coffee


Dan O'Malley
Dan O'Malley


Dan O’Malley is the Vice President of Product Development for M/I Homes.With over 30 years of expertise in residential architecture and design, Dan has been overseeing the product needs of the company's 16 divisions located throughout the Midwest, Southeast, Nashville and Texas for the past 12 years. Before joining M/I Homes, he was a partner in the Chicago office of BSB Design, a national residential architectural firm, for 14 years. Dan is an expert in all aspects of single-family and multifamily design and has received several awards for his successful projects. He is also a popular speaker at various industry events, including the International Builder’s Show, Midwest Builder’s Show, and Multi-Housing World.

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