With a nautical theme in mind, I wanted the brothers who were sharing this room to each have an "alone" space and had the reading bench built. The cushion in the neutral and burlap texture is meant to harken back to the seaman's sacks. The colors and sconces are classic sailor and sea, with the bedlinen displaying the seaman's anchor. I placed adjustable 2" WAC lighting above the built-in seat for mommy/daddy reading time.
To complete the theme, their grandma painted a lighthouse scene that hangs above the desk