If you’re a bookworm, you understand the importance of having an area designed just for reading and writing. And now you have the opportunity to create your own literary oasis. So where do you start?
A Room of Your Own
Design By Inspiration
What motivates you? Are you inspired by thoughtful quotes, a myriad of color, or oil paintings? Whatever it is, put inspiring décor in your reading and writing room. There is no one answer for every bibliophile. Whether you love a rustic lodge feel or a modern design with pops of accent color, designing by your passion will lift your spirits and keep your mind motivated to create.
Incorporate interesting antiques and trinkets on your bookshelves, end tables, or desk. Having something unique and inspiring to glance at when you get stuck or bored can propel you into the next burst of creativity.
An Army of Words
No reading or writing room is complete without plenty of space for a library. The rule of thumb is to pick the bookshelf system that works best for your space. At Modernize, we love floor-to-ceiling bookcases that create a strong presence in the room and mimic a library. But you may not have room for that, especially if you’re working with a wall that includes a window. (Natural light is very important, too.) For tricky spaces, use shorter bookcases with two or three shelves, or make your own bookshelf system with stackable cubes. When you get stuck in your writing, you’ll have an army of words waiting for you!
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Keep the Space Light
Natural light is the best option for brightening up a room. If possible, position comfortable reading chairs, sofas, cushions, or bean bags near a window, so you won’t get eye strain from reading in poor light.
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When you want to read at night, or if you don’t have access to a window, you can incorporate floor lamps in the corners of the room for a soft glow. Small accent lamps can sit on end tables and offer the direct light you need without feeling overbearing. The soft glow of lamps can create a peaceful oasis where you can escape into the literary world.
Keeping clutter at bay will also bring brightness to your space. Organize miscellaneous items in a cubby system or small decorative tins on your writing desk.
The best part about creating your reading and writing space is that you can make it anything you like! Just like a book, interior design is all about your personality and interpretation of the world around you.