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7 Cleverly Chic Nook Ideas To Inspire You

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
Photo credit: Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane. Interior by Lulu de Kwiatkowski.

What we find so utterly charming about nooks is that they're rooms within a room. Whether its an awkward alcove off of the living space, a small corner area inside the bedroom or a comfy breakfast spot by the window, there's nothing like retreating into the cozy warmth of a well-designed nook.

It's also a space that maintains year-round function and appeal. A reading nook by the window piled with cushions makes for the perfect spot for curling up with a book, a dining nook with built-in banquettes serves as a chic gathering place for meals, and an organized office nook provides a space for focused work and inspiration. But the best part about nooks is that it's all about getting creative with your space. It doesn't matter if you live in a tiny apartment or a family home, you can easily carve out a comfy nook with the right furnishings in the right spot.

For inspiration, we've rounded up some of our favorite nook ideas below to get you thinking about designing your own at home.

Already have your nook design in mind but wondering if you need built-ins or struggling with finding the right size furniture? Let our Decorist designers help you pull together all the pieces and bring your vision to life.


Entry Point

Photo by Laura Resen for One Kings Lane. Interior by Stacie Flinner.

Believe it or not, a seating nook is possible even in the smallest of spaces. A perfect-sized storage bench topped with a seat cushion and pillows instantly becomes a functional entry nook that takes up minimal footprint. Pull in bistro chairs and a small pedestal table and you'll have an impromptu spot for coffee and tea. 


Work In Color

Photo by Jessica Sample for One Kings Lane. Interior by Jenn Feldman.

Small recess areas are perfect places for setting up a chic office nook. Consider a bold palette for furnishings and accents surrounding the spot to establish it as a dedicated workspace within a larger room, as in this jewel-toned alcove. If you're ready to take the leap with color, go with walls in an eye-catching shade. If you're not, go with elegant chairs upholstered in an unexpected bright hue.     


Corner It

Photo by Manuel Rodriguez for One Kings Lane. Interior by Jodi Patterson.

Compact window corners are a surprisingly common design challenge in older homes and apartments with awkward layouts. Take a cue from this cozy breakfast nook, which features a built-in banquette, a streamlined pedestal table, and Panton chairs along with colorful pillows and sheepskins that make for warm, playful touches. It all adds up to a stylish and space-friendly solution to the tricky corner. 


Bright Spot

Photo by Jana Williams. Interior by Decorist Celebrity designer Will Wick for actress Jamie Chung.

A dining and breakfast nook can transform the look and feel of a kitchen instantly. And that's what Decorist Celebrity designer Will Wick did when actress Jamie Chung sought him out for a low-lift, big impact kitchen renovation in her California home. Will drew inspiration from the 1950s ceramic tiles that Jamie chose for the floors, updating the dining nook with reverse grey denim and a Carrera-marble table, which lends clean-lined elegance to the light-filled gathering spot. 


Double Duty

Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane. Interior by Nina Farmer.

Nestled alongside kitchen cabinets, this office is proof that you can transform any space into a pretty and practical nook with a little creative planning. Carve out a small section within your kitchen for a desk, then outfit it with a corkboard backdrop to set it apart from the rest of the room. Instead of filling your above-the-counter cabinets with just kitchen essentials, use them for organized storage and office accessories—which will fully round out the spot as a work station.


Comfort Zone

Photo by David Tsay for One Kings Lane. Interior by Brooke and Steve Giannetti.

The nook by the window in this airy living room was just the place to add a bench and pile on cushions and pillows for a reading nook that's all about comfort and light. The textiles in soft neutrals reiterate the room's relaxed-rustic style but also play up a sense of calm and cozy. It's certainly our pick for the best seat in the room.


Room With a View

Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane. Interior by fashion designer Sue De Chiara in collaboration with Lauren Muse.

Bedroom nooks often turn into catchall storage corners, but they can be so much more. In this attic bedroom, a window-backed nook is both a work area and showcase for inspiring art and objects. You can easily pull a console into any nook to turn it into a display for personal items and memorabilia. Add a pair of matching chairs and table, and you'll have a reading nook that also doubles as a place for answering work emails.


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