Why you should be creating more nooks in your home

Last year it was office nooks, now there's a nook for every room.
Nooks Kids Bedroom Floor Pillows Reading Shelf

It was all about the study nook over the last few years when WFH became the new norm. But there are so many other types of nooks you can create for a more cosy and usable home. Wondering what a nook even is, exactly? It’s basically a corner or tucked-away area in a room that’s designed to be functional but also feel cosy and safe. You can have a nook in any part of the house: a bedroom, kitchen, living area or kids room.

Most importantly, nooks should be inviting and make you want to curl up in them and eat, read, think, write… or whatever you want to do, really. To create a nook, choose a space and how you’d like to use it. Then, introduce textures and touchable materials like linen, velvet, wood and basket weaves. It’s all about layering. If you get your nook right, you’ll never want to leave it. From the perfect breakfast nook to a cosy book nook, Home Beautiful stylist Lucy Gough shows how it’s done…

Bedroom nook

What could be better than creating a snug sanctuary in your bedroom, then enjoying the luxury of breakfast in bed? A lush bedhead, an array of pillows and cushions and beautiful bedlinen elevates an everyday bedroom into the realms of a five-star hotel. It will also help turn a small bedroom into a grand guest suite.

Nook Bed With Side Table
Bethany Linz ‘Oriental Palm’ wallpaper in Chartreuse, $370/set of 2 x 10m rolls, Milton & King. Bamboo inlay table, $59, Kmart. ‘Bolzano’ table lamp in Nude, $199, Indigo Love. ‘Waldon’ bedhead upholstered in ‘Bergen’ linen in Caramel, from $1590/queen, Heatherly Design. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Home Beautiful Hatch Lumbar Cushion My House

Home Beautiful Hatch Lumbar Cushion, MyHouse


Nook Bed With Breakfast Tray
Wooden tray, $49.99/H&M. Linen bedding sets in Natural, Green, and Pale Lilac, $149 each/queen, H&M. Floral cotton duvet set, $69.99/queen, H&M. ‘Flocca’ linen blanket in Sable, $409, Hale Mercantile Co. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Myer Linen House Toro Cushion In Leaf

Linen House Toro Cushion in Leaf, Myer


Reading nook

Welcome to your new reading corner. Choose a comfortable armchair upholstered in a plush fabric such as velvet, cushions in the most gorgeous tones, and great lighting, and then settle in with a good book (and cup of tea) in your book nook. And the littlest readers in the family can curl up on a plump floor cushion and enjoy story time with teddy. For extra points, style an Insta-worthy bookshelf.

Kids bedroom nook wooden cupboard floor lounge
Oak 2-door glass bookcase, $3499, Alfresco Emporium. House of Heras ‘Bird of Pine’ tufted rug, $5100/2m x 3m, Designer Rugs. Ferm Living ‘Apple’ braided storage basket, $209.90, Design Stuff. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Pillow Talk Riviera XL Floor Cushion


Nook Velvet Armchair With Cushions
Amore 1 Light’ pleated pendant in Bronze with natural linen shade, $469/large, Beacon Lighting. Artwork by Jan Williamson. Amadeus’ armchair in Peacock, $1399, Provincial Home Living. Linen House ‘Toro’ cushions in Chocolate, Peach and Bluesteel, $59.99 each, Myer. ‘Flocca’ linen blanket in Russo, $409, Hale Mercantile Co. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Freedom Classic Wing Velvet Armchair

Freedom Classic Wing Velvet Armchair


Breakfast nook

Create a welcoming dining space that’s made for leisurely get-togethers over great food and beverages, Gwyneth Paltrow style. A round table lets the conversation flow while a range of seating, from a slip-covered bench to a classic French-style chair, will have everyone sitting comfortably. A stunning artwork, contemporary wallpaper, and handpainted ceramics complete the pretty-as-a-picture setting. 

Nook Dining Table Wallpaper
‘Zen Gum Leaves’ artwork by Vickie Liu, $1280, Bluethumb. ‘Anita’ pendant light, $723/large, Lighterior. ‘Laurent’ round dining table in Biscuit, $3699, Wisteria. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Lounge Lovers Galaxy Oak Dining Table

Lounge Lovers Galaxy Oak Dining Table


Nook Lounge With Wallpaper
Cole & Son ‘Florencecourt’ wallpaper in Olive, $313/10m roll, Silk Interiors. ‘Emery’ dining bench in Blue and White, $1599, ‘Emery’ dining chair in Blue and White, $899, and ‘French’ dining chair, $699, all Provincial Home Living. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Alwyn Rattan Elm Wood Dinging Chair, One World

Alwyn Rattan Elm Wood Dinging Chair, One World


Daybed nook

Create your own private hideaway at home by turning an under-utilised alcove or corner into a relaxation zone. The most important piece of furniture? A daybed that’s dressed in soft linen bedding and piled with different-sized cushions. Amp up the feeling of seclusion (and cosiness) with delicate curtains that will cocoon you in the space. Check out Kmart’s new collection for pretty styling pieces.

Nook Bed With Drapes
Bethany Linz South Asian Subcontinent mural in Sepia, $235/9m roll, Milton & King. ‘Basix’ sheer linen curtains in Ayrton, $279 each, Hale Mercantile Co. ‘Openook’ mini corduroy cushions in Pale Blush and Tea Green, $16 each/43cm x 43cm, Big W. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Cristina Re Teacup and Saucer David Jones

Cristina Re Teacup & Saucer, David Jones


Nook Bedside Table With Basket
Linen bedding set in Pale Lilac, $149/queen, H&M. Heavyweight rustic linen ruffled bedskirt in Ivory, $360/queen, House of Baltic Linen. ‘Camille’ side table in old elm, $750, Chelon. (Photography: Kristina Soljo / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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Temple and Webster Clover Mango Wood Side Table

Clover Mango Wood Side Table, Temple & Webster


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