Snug style: decorating ideas for reading rooms, nooks, dens and more

Every home needs a place for quiet conversation and comfortable solace. Be inspired by these small but inviting spaces

rachel chudley snug
Michael Sinclair

Whether your home is extensive or compact, it should have a cosy corner that’s designed purely for relaxation. These inspiring examples illustrate exactly how to use colour, form and materiality to carve out space for a snug – and make sure it’s a place you’ll feel calm and protected.

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1 RED-CARPET TREATMENT
bespoke brushed oak shelves and seating in the library 1970s table and pierre chapo chair from magen h gallery  architectural digest
Stephen Kent Johnson

Designed by Studio Giancarlo Valle for colour-loving clients, the library of this New York townhouse features bespoke brushed-oak shelving and wraparound seating upholstered in cosy bouclé. But its masterstroke? The carpet-to-ceiling red has a cocooning effect and cleverly softens the sharp lines of the shelves. giancarlovalle.com

2 SMALL WONDER
commune design los angeles snug
Stephen Johnson

Look closer at this simple snug and you’ll spot the subtle ways it maximises a modest footprint. Los Angeles studio Commune Design opted for floating, bench-style seating that slots neatly into a shelving system, leaving visual space below. Locally salvaged Monterey cypress extended across the ceiling adds warmth. communedesign.com

3 WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
akk architects snug
© Ray Main 2009

Framed by wooden panelling painted black to contrast with white walls, this window nook evokes a feeling of separation from the rest of the room. It’s part of a Grade II-listed home in Notting Hill by AKK Architects, who created the space at floor level to preserve its leafy outlook. annabelkassar.com

4 SCREEN TIME
batiik studio snug
Romain Ricard

Wary of dividing this bijou Paris apartment into a series of tiny rooms, French interior-design firm Batiik Studio utilised an undulating wooden screen to sequester a bedroom nook, creating structure for a cosy seating area in the process. batiik.fr

5 HIT THE RIGHT TONE
snug by banda studio
Ben Anders

Restful mossy green is a unifying force in this tonal TV room by London-based property developer and interior-design studio Banda, which matched the velvet upholstery of Charles Zana’s enveloping ‘Alexandra’ sofa with its fabric wall panels. bandaproperty.co.uk

6 PITCH PERFECT
pierre yovanovitch snug
Stefanie Moshammer

Paris-based designer Pierre Yovanovitch has created an unusual alcove in spruce for a chalet in the Alpine village of Andermatt in Switzerland. Nestled neatly under the beams, its pitched roof and asymmetrical seating speak to an imaginative use of space. pierreyovanovitch.com

7 HOLDING PATTERN
marcante testa snug
Carola Ripamonti

With its cement tiles, laminate doors and lacquered details, this corner of a Milanese apartment designed by Italian architect duo Marcante Testa shouldn’t feel conventionally cosy – that it does is testament to the power of playful colour and pattern. marcante-testa.it

8 PRINTS CHARMING
annabel kassar snug
Paul Raeside

Between the yellow lace wallpaper, the two-tone curtain and the custom daybed, this maximalist seating nook in the home of architect and interior designer Annabel Kassar is a lesson in layering patterns. The rounded shapes and complementary colours serve to soften the look. annabelkassar.com

9 CURVE APPEAL
rachel chudley snug
Michael Sinclair

Created for a family of four that wanted space to curl up together, this bespoke sofa by British interior designer Rachel Chudley has a convivial curve. Also in velvet, the red curtains bring a richness to the room. rachelchudley.com

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