This is our upstairs hallway, you can see where the nook is:
One side of the nook:
And the other:
The Crate and Barrel leaning bookshelf came with us from our last house, and the chair I bought for super cheap on a whim at Homesense, without really thinking what I was going to do with the space and how it would fit in. I like it, I just think I should have thought it through more (something you don't have the luxury of doing at Homesense).
I'm having SO MUCH trouble getting started on this space because I know I want to paint the hallways (meaning the entire downstairs would have to be painted as well) and the disruption and cost to have that done is more than I want right now. It's not that it's a bad colour, it's just that it's incredibly boring, in that sterile model home way.
We agree that we want it to be a 'reading' area. I highly doubt anyone will actually sit there and read a whole book, but I would love to use the space to relax and look through our old books, and magazines.
I want it to be cozy, warm and inviting, and I think it needs the following things:
- window panels
- floor lamp
- a more substantial bookshelf (and more books!!)
- a magazine rack
- a small table
And not to mention - some colour! That's a lot for that space, maybe. But I can do it!
I love big fluffy shaggy rugs. I could start with this one:
|Ikea Rug. Yes I realize it doesn't involve any colour.|
|Source. There's some colour for ya|
A floor lamp:
|Source. I can find something cheaper fo sho.|
That's not a bad start! I don't think any of those choices will hinder my future hall painting endeavors. I need to get better at buying key pieces though - while I like that chair, I think I panicked a bit and bought something that doesn't really fit with my overall style. Now I have to work around it/with it. I guess that's all part of the challenge! It's rare to start with nothing.