If you’ve ever sat and wondered what to do with an empty room, you’ve probably at least thought about turning it into a reading room. Maybe your kids moved out, but you are not quite ready to downsize, or maybe you’re just looking to redesign a room for something new.
Reading rooms, however, should be places where you can separate yourself from work. Of course, you can add a desk to your reading room if you wish, but if you are looking for a place to relax without the pressure to get work done, you should consider not including office essentials - like a desk - in the space.
Scented candles are also a great addition to a reading room, as they can create a warm and calming atmosphere. Pillows and curtains can also add a nice touch and make the room more comfortable and friendly.
Radios, however, are acceptable additions to reading rooms, since many people enjoy music while they are reading their books. You also may not want to include more than a few seating options, since this is to be your solace, not your family’s recreation room.
Also, avoid making this a multipurpose room. You do not want to include a bed to make it a guest room area as well. This will take away from your relaxation.
The Best Designs
Reading rooms can come in all sorts of designs, and a quick internet image search will show you all sorts of different options. There are even entire blogs and websites devoted to pictures of great reading rooms.
The great thing about designing a reading room is that you get to decide for yourself what you want in it. Just make sure it will be your retreat from the distractions of the world.