10 Book Nook Essentials for the Perfect Holiday Setting

‘Tis the season and we can’t wait to redecorate our reading corners. New accessories make a space more inviting, so here are some ideas for a holiday book nook.

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Think lights, plants, mini trees, pillows, and blankets. It’s likely you already have some of these items in your space to make reading an experience. If not, then now is your chance to build a nook from scratch. Better yet, build a holiday book nook from scratch using some of the ideas in this list as inspiration. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but it’s a good place to start creating a space to read in and get cozy in for the winter.

Lighting

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Let’s begin with arguably one of the most important aspects of a reading corner: lights. Unless you only read during the day and have great sunlight coming in, you’ll need some form of illumination. For the holiday season, try Christmas or hanging lights or some taper candles for the ambiance. Electric lights are, of course, brighter and more reliable, but candles make for a much cozier vibe and may contribute more to the feeling of a holiday space. Choose wisely. Or have both. You have all the creative freedom here.

Plants

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There’s nothing easier than decorating with a few plants to add some texture to your space. For the holidays, Holly and Poinsettias are the go-to but feel free to collect your favorite plants. And if you don’t have a green thumb, consider succulents or even fake plants that require no care at all. Regardless of what you choose, it’ll definitely enhance your reading nook.

Holiday Decor

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Holiday decor is something you can personalize. It could be a larger tree or even just ornaments hanging around the space to set a holiday mood. If you have a crafty side, you can make your own centerpieces or shelf decorations like the ornaments with lights in the clear cylinders. The possibilities are endless.

Pillows

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Pillows make the experience of lounging and reading very comfortable. You can go for a full-on Christmas look with holiday pillows, or more general and subtle pillows. Either way, they fit wintertime and are great for visuals and comfort. 

Blankets

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Who doesn’t love a good blanket? Especially if your reading nook is by a fireplace, a blanket is just the cherry on top. Bonus points if it’s crocheted and if you have specific blankets for different holidays. These are a couple of suggestions for crochet and holiday design with colors that resemble Christmas lights.

Side Table

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A side table is necessary for a book nook. Keep your bookmarks, reading lamp, your current read, and your favorite drink on the top shelf, and blankets on the bottom shelf for easy storage. This makes for easy access when you settle in so you don’t have to get up mid-chapter for anything you might need.

Office Supply Organizer

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This may sound like homework, but some book lovers get more out of books when they annotate for fun. Keeping a drawer or organizer nearby is a good idea if you want to make notes about your favorite book parts. Stock it with sticky notes, note cards, pens, paper, and so on. You can even decorate the organizer with stickers to fit your theme.

Book-Themed Decor

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Of course, we can’t leave out the bookish details of a book nook. These cute book-themed trees for the holidays make for great decor. Create your own with an old book you no longer need or want or take a mini tree and decorate with tiny versions of book ornaments of your favorite novels.

Different Seating

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Take your time in collecting floor pillows, a rocking chair, and a bean bag. Or whatever seating options you prefer. This way you have options when you settle in for reading time. You can change up your perspective and how you sit so you never get tired of the space you spend so much time in.

Shelves

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Obviously, you’ll keep books on shelves or a bookcase, but shelves can be helpful for decor, plants, or other knickknacks you keep to give your space more life. We suggest corner shelves since they take up less space than a full bookshelf and add unique detail.

Hopefully, these items provide some inspiration as the holiday season approaches. One of the fun parts of having a reading area is the ability to change up the look and set-up so make sure to put your own spin on any of these ideas.

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