Organic reading corner

In our chaotic lives, a responsibility-free afternoon is a huge luxury for many.

Making space in our lives for focusing on self-care and relaxation activities sometimes requires dedicating physical spaces in our homes to pursue peaceful activities.

This reading nook is the perfect place for just that.

The soft chaise lounge is an open invitation for imagination and daydreaming in and of itself, and the casual vibe created through its surroundings and colour palette make it a spot you want to sink into.

You might not even notice it, but your body and your mind both have reactions to seeing colours. Brighter colours stimulate the brain and energise you and can even make you feel a little anxious.

This blend of delicate greys, taupes and a deep dusty blue does just the opposite. Blue, in particular, is a hue that many look to when decorating their homes and studies have shown that there is no better colour to calm a busy mind. Despite its high-charged name, the gridiron grey-blue shade of Resene Atomic seen on the floor and several of this room’s accents is hugely grounding.

To some, grey can be seen as dull, boring or cold but the right shades of grey such as Resene Half Athens Grey (used as the main wall background colour) and Resene Quarter Delta (seen on the floor) can be very calming and relaxing.

They’re the perfect neutrals, which means they work well with pretty much any colour or palette and can seamlessly blend into the rest of your décor outside of your self-care corner.

Creating both tactile and visual textures is also very important for your reading nook.

Choose fabrics and finishes that are both pleasant to the touch and beautiful to look at to add to the physical and emotional cosiness of the space.


Back wall in Resene Half Athens Grey with shape in Resene Quarter Perfect Taupe.
Left wall in Resene Oilskin. Floor in Resene Quarter Delta with shape in Resene Atomic.
Curvy timber headboard stained in Resene Colorwood Riverstone.
Shelf in Resene Quarter Perfect Taupe.
Stool in Resene Quarter Perfect Taupe.
Tray in Resene Oilskin.
Artwork in Resene Quarter Perfect Taupe, Resene Atomic, Resene Oilskin and Resene Quarter Delta.


Back wall in Resene Half Athens Grey with shape in Resene Quarter

Get inspired at your local
Resene ColorShop,

Styling Kate Alexander
Images Bryce Carleton

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