Inspired: His and Hers Reading Nooks

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His and Hers Reading Nooks inspiration board

In a busy home, everyone needs their own private space, somewhere just for them that caters to their individual needs. If you’re a bookworm, maybe a reading nook is just that spot for you. If that’s the case, then a comfy arm chair, good lighting, and soft accessories are just the way to create a relaxing oasis to take in your newest best seller (whether it’s a hard cover or on your tablet!). In the inspiration board above, we’ve designed two spaces, one for a more masculine reader, and one for a lady.


The handsome Meloni Arm Chair was the jumping off point for this space with its luxurious suede upholstery, nailhead trim, and modern wing back silhouette. When working with a small space, it’s important to choose furniture pieces that make a dramatic statement, because you only have so many opportunities in a small space to establish a complete look. After selecting the Meloni Arm Chair, we wanted a lamp that would echo the warm hues in the chair, while still providing enough task lighting to make this a proper reading space. The CAL Lighting Pharmacy Floor Lamp in Rust Metal was just the piece we needed. Its adjustable head proves quite functional, while its brass finish feels masculine and a bit vintage.

With our two most important items down, it was time to select some accessories. To create a real library feel, we wanted a dark and moody paint color for the walls, something that would create a very cozy ambiance. Glidden’s Walnut Bark (GLDN 20) offers the perfect amount of chocolate-y richness, balanced with enough taupe for a not-too-dark shade. Art can really give a space personality, especially when it’s a piece that really reflects the owner. The Crimson Accent I abstract painting introduces some caramel, oranges, and reds into this small space, a palette we played to with the Pendleton wool throw blanket


For a more feminine space, we chose an arm chair with an elegant rolled arm and airy linen upholstery, the Kenter Club Chair in Ritz EggshellTo echo the subtle femininity of the club chair, we selected the Hampton Bay Polished Nickel Floor Lamp with Fabric Shade. These two pieces anchor this reading nook with a timeless appeal.

It’s only appropriate to amp up the shimmer and shine in a reading nook fit for a queen. A wooden sunburst mirror and sequined throw pillow do just that. For a soft hint of color, we chose the Garnet Hill Cotton Herringbone Throw in Island Blue. Behr’s Ballet White (#UL130-13) creates the perfect backdrop for this charming respite.

Inspired is an editorial curation of products from and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.

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