2020 has turned many of us into homebodies by necessity rather than choice. The pandemic has limited travel and many leisure pastimes forcing us to pivot creatively to stay engaged and inspired. Many of us are rediscovering the escapism of a good novel, one that allows us to travel in our imaginations and experience life in ways now limited by the pandemic. In addition to other analog forms of entertainment from puzzles and board games to baking bread, many of us are reading books for comfort, connection and distraction.
To help hunkered-down avid readers everywhere escape, online interior design service Modsy created five book nook designs inspired by classic novels to help make it possible for everyone to escape to a new place while still sheltering in place.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Anyone looking to join the March sisters for some quality tea, resistance to patriarchal stereotypes, and couch-sprawling reading sessions can make do with classic wingback chairs and a vintage oriental rug.
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez: As fans of Márquez can testify, the backdrop of his stories submerse readers into colorful, incandescent places full of magical realism. To capture the vibrancy of the fictitious Columbian town of Macondo, start out with touches of tropical design elements with a large house plant, accent furniture in whitewashed woods, and scattered gold embellishments throughout the space.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Want to step inside the lavish parties and wealthy extravagance of the Roaring ‘20s? Art Deco is the vibe, with its over-the-top jewel-tone rug, mahogany wood, brass accents, and pleated chairs.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Shire was the epitome of everything good and natural this earth (or Middle Earth) had to offer. What better way to embrace and channel your inner Hobbit than with a leather chair adorned with wood-carved arms, cozy textures, earthy tones, and some houseplants and greenery!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: So chic, it hurts. Dive into the culture icon’s glamorous New York dream by going with a small sofa, gold accents, sheepskin rug for luxurious comfort, and of course the famous color palette of Tiffany & Co.
These DIY design ideas match the nook to the book and provide inspiration for you to create your own literary space at home as we turn the page on 2020 and plot better days ahead.