We’re turning our bedroom bay window space into a little reading nook and today I’m sharing some furniture combinations I’m considering – armchair, side table, ottoman and floor lamps with consideration for budget, size, and style!
We are slowly, surely making progress in our master bedroom and while I’m loving where we’re at… there’s some gaps that I’m excited to fill in! If you didn’t catch the other posts in the makeover, let’s catch you up to date! When we bought this house last year (you can see the whole thing right here), the bedroom was beachy and not at all our modern style. We started by painting the whole room black (yeaaaaah!) and replaced the floors when we did our whole main floor last fall.
You can see the plans we had for the space right here. Once the floors were done, we tackled a feature wall on the headboard wall of the room. We made a modern picture frame moulding using doorstops and painted it all out black. I’m obsessed with this wall. You can see it with the lights and the flooring we chose in this post too. We also made over the small walk in closet which allowed us to ditch the dresser and free up floor space. Now that we don’t have a dresser in here, there’s a bit of extra space and we’d love to score a little reading nook… away from the chaos of our kids and main living. So since I’ve spent so much time browsing and picking the perfect pieces, I thought I’d share some of the ones that I’m having a tough time deciding between!
I think all of these combinations would make for gorgeous, modern vignettes for a reading nook in a bay window. I might end up doing a little bit of DIY (can you guess what for?!) but in a perfect world, this space would house a small armchair, a floor lamp, small end table for my coffee, and a pouf or ottoman for my feet to kick up.
But first… want to see the space I’m talking about?
Notice the broken blinds, missing window trim (we have to replace two of these windows still!) and the boxes of curtain rods and bathroom fans? Yeah… this space needs some love. But won’t it be wonderful when it’s a sweet little reading nook!?
Some things I’m considering when I’m looking for furniture are the contrast, price point, and size. The room is black, yes, but we have bought full length white curtain panels to hang. I want to keep the furniture neutral in colour and not white or black to help keep the contrast beautiful but not SO black and white. Since this isn’t a high traffic space and will probably get used for clothes just as much as reading, I want to keep it affordable. I know it will help the room feel so much more cozy but that doesn’t need to come at a high price point. Everything here is pretty affordable! Lastly, this is a small bay window area. I tried to choose pieces that would fit within this little footprint. I’m looking at the measurements when I make my final decisions. With that in mind… I’ve partnered with Wayfair Canada to share some mini design boards that I created to help me choose! See all my policies here!
Top to bottom:
- This classic armchair is with button tufting would go with pretty much any style of decor. I love the woven look of the fabric as well! Since the legs on the chair aren’t the light wood we prefer, I’d keep the side table metal to keep from adding in another wood tone. I love this gold tray table– we have somethings similar in our living room! And then that simple lamp? It’s a total steal! Last but not least, has a beautiful honeycomb pattern on it which is different from the standard knit poufs I see out there all the time. The neutral is perfect too!
- This barrel chair has the beautiful light wood legs we love and that channel tufting is amazing! I feel like it would be perfect to cozy up with a book in. The marble look side table has a Scandinavian feel and the footed faux fur ottoman totally does too. Look at all those light wood legs! Ha! Last but not least, this arced floor lamp is one of my very favourite styles- I’m just not sure if it would be too tall for this bay window area.
- When we moved into our first apartment, I bought a wingback chair off of Craigslist and Shane loved that thing. So when I spotted this modern wingback chair I knew he would love it- I just need to decide if I want a higher back chair in front of the window! This lamp is actually my favourite, style wise out of them all. It’s interesting but still simple and echoes the shape of my living room lamp. But for a bedroom reading nook that won’t get a lot of space, I’m considering one of the other lamps that are just such a steal. Pair that with this beautiful moroccan style pouf (I love this colour!) and a set of faux marble nesting tables and this whole set up is really, really gorgeous.
- The last set up of the bunch! I am obsessed with this style of chair right now for difficult spaces. I love that the open arms keep it from looking bulky. The task lamp is a classic option for a floor lamp and is such a great price point. That black side table is just perfectly simple and scandi style (one of my fave styles). And then the very last piece… that jute pouf. I love the natural texture that it brings!
Alright… those are the pieces I think I’ve narrowed it down to for this little reading nook! I was also considering a bench for this bay window area, but love the thought of being able to sit here with my computer or a good book away from the chaos of family life. Let me know which ones you love! Or if you’ve done something similar in a bay window area!
Oh! And I wanted to share this feature Wayfair has, not because they asked me to but because I find it so handy when I’m planning purchases. I use Projects / Lists for each space that I’m working on. I created one for this bedroom nook to keep all the pieces I thought might be a good fit in one place (you tap the heart, then add it to a specific list). You can see this list here if you like. Then I go in and can look at each item more closely from my list page. I like that I don’t open up each products information and lose my place in scrolling through all my search results. You can delete things from your list if they’re not a good fit or as you narrow down your options. I did this same thing for the boys bedroom light, lamps for my living room, lights for my dad’s bathroom, flatware when I was looking to upgrade, and pieces for my sisters new apartment when she moved last year. It’s like a pinboard but just products and without having to go to another site. Just a hot tip for ya ;)