A Guide to Art & Photography for the Reading Nook/Library

A guide to art and photography for the reading nook/library

Most of us don’t have the luxury of a separate library room in our home. We once lived in a house with a mezzanine loft area which I used as a library space. Of course it was shared as a kid’s play area, but it was so lovely to have a cozy place to curl up and read, especially in winter. It got me thinking that even a single chair can be defined as a reading nook by placing a special artwork close by and perhaps a little side table. You might prefer a bean-bag or a blanket on the floor.

Whether you have a huge library room or a tiny reading nook it needs to be a place to dream, learn, explore, take courage, discover new frontiers, embark on adventures and immerse yourself in beautifully written literature and poetry.

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vintage hydrangeas limited edition fine art print, Bernadette Meyers
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Subject Ideas

family portraits




science fiction





book pages/covers

black and white photography


small etchings





still life

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Colour palette options to consider for artwork for the Reading Nook/Home Library: 


White - use warmer tones for a peaceful, gentle and quiet feel.

Black - can work here if you want to create a mysterious, formal or luxurious mood.

Grey - choose warm tones for a steady, sophisticated feel.

Neutral - balanced and calming.

Earths - peaceful, grounding and creative. 

Blue - calming and productive, excellent choice for a reading space. 

Orange - use softer tones, good for motivation and learning.

Pink - calming and joyful, a great choice for this space.

Purple - relaxing, creative, mysterious and imaginative, all shades of purple are suited to reading areas.


Green - tranquil and healing, a suitable choice.


Red - too stimulating for a reading area.

Yellow - not recommended due to negative mood effects.

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vintage hydrangeas limited edition fine art home decor print, Bernadette Meyers

If you found this article helpful, you might enjoy my 3 free guides; 7 Keys to Creating a Sanctuary, Using Colour to Create Mood and 5 Inspirational Sanctuary Moods.