Asked on Jun 16, 2018

How to create a reading nook in the entryway?

JcrawJewellmartinRobyn Garner
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We bought our home last year and I didn't still furnish my living room. My main door opens into this room and there's a beautiful staircase in the middle , cathedral ceilings, beautiful wooden floor. I would like to decorate this room with an Indian-themed wooden furniture and pillows. Is it possible to create a reading nook in this entryway?. Or should I just paint and put a bench.
View of the living room.
The entryway wall that I need ideas for.
Another long view.
Another pic of that wall
5 answers
  • Unless you need the bench, I would move it elsewhere. Instead, use a console table or even bigger piece, old dresser or buffet. Add tall objects, that wall is huge and find or DIY some large art over the console table. Place a small accent table next to the chair in the corner by the stairs. I would invest in a large entryway rug too. Beautiful house! I would give my eye teeth for something so spacious!
  • Nancy Turner
    on Jun 16, 2018

    For the reading area by the stairs, I would have the rocker with the back to the window so that you can use the window for light. Separate the area with its own rug, perhaps a table in the corner between the window and stairs with a reading light on it. If you can find or make one, a book case that will fit in the space would look nice, too. Perhaps one that starts taller on one side and gets lower where the wall for the stairs gets lower. You could make one like my mother made using reused bricks and redwood planks. She had one plank split so that you could have one side taller than the rest. She used one brick for the lowest shelf to keep it off the ground and stacked them to make the shelves however high she wanted. She used single stacks and had four stacks for the eight foot length. She left about four inches of the planks out the ends so that she could put some knick-knacks on them. You could put some items on it to go with your Indian theme to bring it together with everything else. Have fun!
  • Robyn Garner
    on Jun 16, 2018

    You can certainly put a reading area back by the window! 2 chairs with a table between them, either in front of the window or slightly off center - you'll need to take a look. Define that area with an appropriately sized smaller rug.

    You definitely need large and tall/high items!
    Consider things such as - fairly large hanging fixture back by the reading chairs.
    Larger entry light.

    Tall "pier mirror" - antique era or one that starts the move toward that area looking "Indian". Think about finding an Indian arch, window or doorway to add. You're looking for the keyhole arches, carved wood, etc.
    Here are pics to help you hone in:


  • Jewellmartin
    on Jun 16, 2018

    Bench or loveseat under the stairs, a lamp, some Indian scarves over the understair walls, a shelf or basket to hold books or mags. Maybe a sari just outside the reading nook to serve as a door and cover. And a beautiful foyer rug, even if it is a synthetic, not original. Best wishes ☺️
  • Jcraw
    on Jun 28, 2018


    The chest on this site is fabulous. I would look for a chair that is large and equallly gorgeous. A small table, beautiful lamps Make it a whole setting for that space, not skimpy. Like beautiful jewelry for your beautiful home.
    Absolutely a tall console and beautiful mirror by the door. The two spaces should flatter and complement each other, but can be dramatic. You’ve a large space.
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