Create a cozy environment that's perfect for reading and relaxing. Rainy days are no match for the warm and cozy interior you can create at home. Follow these tips to create a sanctuary for both lounging and working on your next rainy day. Whether you're staying indoors all day or heading out to enjoy the weather, you'll want to follow these tips and tricks for your home's interior.
There are few things better than curling up on the couch with a good book or binge-watching your favorite show when it's cold and dreary outside.
In any space, your first objective in decorating is to make people feel comfortable. This means placing furniture and other items so they are accessible without too much strain, and ensuring lighting levels are enough for the task at hand but not harsh or blinding. When planning a "reading room," it's important that you create a space conducive to concentration and comfort.
Make sure the lighting is appropriate for reading, with soft incandescent light and adjustable lamps for those who need task lighting. Think about adding in a side table next to your favorite chair or couch, so you can easily put down your book or tablet as you reach for a cup of tea or glass of wine. Adding in an area rug under your sitting area will also help to define the space as separate from the rest of the room, and provide added comfort when you're enjoying long reads.
To make sure your reading nook is complete, be sure to add in a side table that doubles as storage, such as a side table with an enclosed cabinet or one with open shelves. When the sun comes out and it's time to head outside, you'll want to make sure that your rain day escape isn't left behind. You can easily transport your reading room from indoors to outdoors by bringing some of your favorite pieces along with you.
For example, placing a standing umbrella in the center of your outdoor seating area will help ensure that you get some shade when enjoying the outdoors on a rainy day. Adding an indoor rug with strong, contrasting colors (like black-on-black or white-on-white) can also help stimulate the illusion that your cozy interior space has been transported outside.
Bringing your favorite pieces with you, even if just in your mind, is a great way to make sure that a rainy day doesn't have to be boring and drab. Next time the sun comes out, remember that you don't have to head inside – you can easily bring some of your favorite pieces with you, so that rainy days aren't quite so dreary.