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Design from A to Z: N is for Nook

by Lauren Chorpening

Design from A to Z: N is for Nook | Design*Sponge As much as I love large, open spaces, there’s something so appealing about a cozy place to hideaway or chat. Architecturally, nooks are usually recessed areas of larger rooms or structural cut-outs but these spaces can also be formed by strategic shelving, furniture placement or even a repurposed closet. Nooks create visual relief and interest in what otherwise might have been a boxy room. Aesthetically they add variety and an additional design element to work from when decorating.

While they can be visually beautiful, their value to me is how they make a home more functional. From eating nooks to reading nooks, these small spots are designed to create interpersonal and intrapersonal connections. Large spaces invite interruptions, distractions and movement. Separating from formality can, in a breakfast nook, make a meal more efficient, while getting away from noise in a reading nook can make alone time or conversation richer. Departing from the main space of a home to a separate office nook can make work more focused. It’s amazing how powerful a small, intentional space can be. This round up of 10 of our favorite nooks found on Design*Sponge will hopefully inspire you to embrace or create nooks in your home. –Lauren

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Regan Baker’s designs marry coziness and color. This nook in one of her projects stands out with walnut paneling. The tucked away daybed is versatile for an occasional overnight guest, an afternoon of reading or a small gathering with friends.

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The open staircase creates a perfect spot underneath for Rebecca and Mike’s vinyl collection. This musical nook is modern, pretty and practical.

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Erin and Matthew Conway turned a wet bar into an office area for Erin. Instead of having it blend in with the rest of the room, they made the nook even more dynamic with floral wallpaper, a pink desk and brass accents.

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This bedroom belonging to Danielle Burkleo’s daughters, Story and Lula, is full of nooks including this sweet reading spot in front of an upper level window.

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The spot at the top of the stairs, between the two upstairs bedrooms in Jamie and Tracy’s Catskills, NY home is a small retreat in a big, beautiful house.

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Lindy and Travis created their eat-in kitchen nook by removing a wall and adding a DIY built-in bench.

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A short wall in Hailey and Glenn’s Australian home is efficiently used as an office space. It’s situated behind the TV in the main living space but is tucked away from most visual distractions.

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A dormer window in Casey and Evan Bovee’s home adds natural light and a quiet reading space in the master bedroom.

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The home of Ashley and Tim has a very Scandinavian, effortless feel to it. This nook is used as the guest room when people come to visit or as a favorite spot for Ashley to nap.

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Karyn Blosil designed a built-in bench nook for her kitchen table. She decorated the space with pillows and a basket from her home decor brand, Loom Goods.

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Comments

  • Also great to look into on this subject are Sarah Susanka’s writings which include ideas about how nooks and varying a room’s ceiling height(s) effect the emotional resonance and functionality of a space. And then the historical Inglenook is worth googling, too!

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