As much as I love large, open spaces, there’s something so appealing about a cozy place to hideaway or chat. Architecturally, nooks are usually recessed areas of larger rooms or structural cut-outs but these spaces can also be formed by strategic shelving, furniture placement or even a repurposed closet. Nooks create visual relief and interest in what otherwise might have been a boxy room. Aesthetically they add variety and an additional design element to work from when decorating.
While they can be visually beautiful, their value to me is how they make a home more functional. From eating nooks to reading nooks, these small spots are designed to create interpersonal and intrapersonal connections. Large spaces invite interruptions, distractions and movement. Separating from formality can, in a breakfast nook, make a meal more efficient, while getting away from noise in a reading nook can make alone time or conversation richer. Departing from the main space of a home to a separate office nook can make work more focused. It’s amazing how powerful a small, intentional space can be. This round up of 10 of our favorite nooks found on Design*Sponge will hopefully inspire you to embrace or create nooks in your home.–Lauren