Create a Private Nook at Home in 5 Easy Steps
Transform a corner of your home into a personal sanctuary
We're all wishing for a place where we can think, read, or relax for several hours. Whether you live alone or with other people, you can create you own cozy, private nook. Let these five tips guide you.
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1. Define its purpose.
What purpose will your private nook serve? Is it a small office or a place where you can catch up on reading? If so, then you’ll need to look for an area in your home that's peaceful and conducive to productivity. Is your private nook where you intend to paint or draw? Then perhaps a corner closer to the windows—where natural light is abundant—is a good idea.
2. Keep away from busy areas.
As much as possible, don’t choose an area with considerably high traffic. If you don’t want to be disturbed, you need to be a little less accessible. Some people have nooks under the stairs, up in the attic, and sometimes, even in a closet, minus the door, of course!
3. Make it private.
If you don’t have too many options, you can use curtains to give you a bit of privacy. Wall screens or dividers are also a good idea—they don’t just shield you from the rest of the household; they also add more character to your home.
4. Think small.
By its very definition, a nook is supposed to be compact, so choose your pieces carefully. If you want to make use of your grandfather’s wingback chair, for example, perhaps you ought to trade its accompanying writing table for a smaller side table. And instead of a table lamp, consider switching to wall sconces or a floor lamp.
5. Add a few personal touches.
Make your space truly your own. A few suggestions: keep a candle in your favorite scent nearby, a copy of your favorite book on the desk, or a stash of your favorite chocolates in the drawer.
Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.
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