HAVING access to a private library is the ultimate fantasy for many bookworms. While we may not have that kind of space available in our homes, it is possible to create a private and cosy reading space in which to escape.
Dulux Colour Expert Bree Leech says when planning for the reading room it is important to consider what sort of feelings will be evoked by colour and design selections.
“For some, creating a reading room is about having a warm and personal space in which to get lost in a good book. For others it is an area for study, contemplation or to display a cherished book collection,” says Bree.
“Colour can really impact on the mood of a room so it’s important to consider how you want yourself or others to feel when in the space, including personal design touches to add character to the room,” she says.
Rich colours such as deep reds, burgundies, and purples give a sense of romance and drama. Red is also said to improve concentration, making it the perfect colour for absorbing information in a study session.
Blues and greens remind us of nature and set a calming and relaxing mood, especially when teamed with an indoor plant or vase of flowers. These uplifting colours allow you to get the most out of the relaxation and escape that can be found by spending time with a good book.
Yellows capture the joy of sunshine and when used in a small room can feel expansive and welcoming.
“When converting areas such as space under a staircase, landings, or hallways, consider using colours which open up the space and promote light,” says Bree.
“Choosing neutrals such as white, beige, or grey allows you to be creative with soft furnishings. Keeping a neutral palette also means it is as simple as changing the colour of accessories to alter the mood of the room.”
Transforming a room or empty corner of the home into a private retreat to enjoy one of life’s greatest past times is a project which will be enjoyed long after it is completed.
Reading room tips:
- Elements from nature have a calming and relaxing effect and help transport us to another world.
- Add shelving to keep books organised and safe.
- A comfortable chair is essential and its style can set the tone of the space. Add cushions, throws, rugs, and decadent window coverings to create a feeling of cosiness.