Creating a Space for Reading

Book Campaign

We love to read at home, but there are major factors that can get in the way of reading. In fact, your home and personal space can both hinder and create an environment for learning. To help us learn some design tips on how to create a place for reading, we chatted with celebrity designer (HGTV and Food Network) Taniya Nayak about the Book by Book campaign that donates one book to a child or school in need for every new Like on Capital One’s Investing for Good Facebook page. Additionally, Capital One has committed to donate 50,000 books through its charitable partners, The Heart of America Foundation and Communities In Schools.

Book by Book Campaign

Check out more about this campaign, and how to create and design a room that is comfortable for reading.

Momtrends: How did you get involved with Book by Book?

Tanyia Nayak: I love reading and, as an aunt, I love watching my little nephews’ imaginations run wild while they are reading their favorite stories. Unfortunately, not every child has access to books. In fact, research shows that a child’s access to reading material is one of the strongest predictors of their ability to succeed academically, yet the majority of children from low-income families don’t have books in their homes. That’s why I’m so excited to have teamed up with Capital One Bank and The Heart of America Foundation on the Book by Book campaign. Together they’re donating 50,000 books to students across the country and I’m designing an amazing home library for one lucky child! Visit to learn more and enter for a chance to win the library makeover.

Momtrends: What are some tips on how parents can create and design a room that is comforting for reading?

Tanyia: I always start off with a comfortable seating area. Think bean bag chairs, comfortable pillows or a soft rug for sitting. When you’re designing a space to encourage reading, I recommend choosing subtle hues of your or your child’s favorite colors. Make sure the space is properly lit too. Bright overhead lighting, along with a table or floor lamp positioned close to seating areas will ensure you can light the room for mid-day reading breaks or bedtime stories.

Momtrends: Do you prefer shelves or bookcases for books and why?

Tanyia: Kid friendly book storage is best. I love using baskets, cubbies or canvas crates when designing the perfect reading sanctuary for kids. As you can imagine tall book cases can be dangerous for curious little climbers and can make reaching books challenging. If you prefer the classic book shelf, opt for short bookcases. Magazine racks that lean or can be mounted on the wall are also a great option for storing and displaying your child’s favorite titles.

Momtrends: How do you create a room for reading on a budget?

Tanyia: Start small. Creating a great reading space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your home office, transform your guest room, or finish the basement. The corner of a child’s bedroom, a window seat or hallway annex will suffice! Remember, kids are tiny and they have huge imaginations. To them, small spaces are cozy!

Momtrends: Is there such a thing as too many books in a room - from a design standpoint?

Tanyia: Never! The more books the better!

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