Create a personal retreat. A quiet corner with a comfortable seat and a toss pillow set the atmosphere for an evening of getting lost in your favorite bestseller. Drawers underneath the seat provide storage for your favorite reads as well as a blanket for drafty nights.
Carve out space under a stairwell. Many times this area is wasted space or relegated to storage, but an upholstered bench and lots of soft pillows turn it into the perfect nook. A light color palette keeps a potentially dark little space airy and bright. Retain some of the storage capability with built-in drawers underneath for storing extra blankets and books.