As the temperatures cool, it’s time to dial up the warmth and cozy indoors. One way you can bring in big comfort is to transform neglected spaces such as alcoves, corners, and window seats into cozy nooks perfect for snuggling up with a mug of hot cocoa, tucking in with a good book, or simply retreating for a moment to slow down. As these supremely inviting nook ideas prove, all you need are a few plush pillows, a comfy throw, and a reading lamp to create a spot sure to become your most popular escape in the house.
Set a Soft Scene
The entry is a perfect area to set up a casual and inviting spot to start the day. We love how this breakfast nook brings together a vintage church pew, industrial seating, and a petite café table to take full advantage of the space. Plush cushions, a richly colored rug, and cozy sheepskins add softness and are sure to make you want to linger for a second cup of coffee.
Work in an Inspiring Hideaway
While a nook is traditionally a tucked-away space, you can create the same inviting feeling in any layout. Here, a corner in an office space becomes a colorful reading nook with the addition of a pretty pink slipper chair and a side table topped with a stack of favorite books. Drape a throw over the chair and you’ll have a wonderfully cozy space that’s poised to let you catch up on your reading. The wall of postcards, photos, and artwork makes it the perfect spot to find inspiration.
Create Your Own Calm Corner
You can easily get away from it all even when you’re at home. A relaxing pale palette and soft natural textiles make for a tranquil retreat tucked away within this home office. Consider a sumptuous leather armchair as a beautiful anchor to transform any corner of your home into a lounge-worthy nook. It’s the perfect type of seat for winding down at night, cashmere throw in lap and a cocktail in hand while a fire crackles nearby.
Warm Up with Contrast
Even the grandest of homes can host a laid-back, family-friendly dining nook. Take inspiration from this vibrant corner spot, where a lively contrast among modern furnishings, peppy prints, and traditional architecture makes for a space perfect for family dinners or a glass of wine at the end of the day. Try adding sheepskin throws and colorful art for fabulous and fun accents; they’re surefire ways to instantly up the warmth.
Take Over an Awkward Space
A small, irregularly shaped space may seem like a challenge, but we see plenty of potential—all you need is a little design ingenuity. Try finding an unexpected spot for a corner banquette, as in this area beneath a staircase, which was transformed into a lush lounge ready for a cocktail party. Add in a few sconces for extra light and some glamorous accents such as animal-print pillows and a chinoiserie table, and you’ll have an elevated and intimate conversation area.
Go Wild with Color
A small space is the perfect place to experiment with bold color. Cherry-red paint gives this window seat major impact, and extending the shade throughout the space makes it feel all the more cocooning. Take it over the top with a mix of patterns, from elegant damasks to edgy animal prints. Pull in a few comfy armchairs and a tray for beverages, and you’ll have a cozy and convivial drinks area that’s perfect for cocktails and catch-ups with friends.