Every house has awkward spaces that defy decorating. They are weird in-between places that don’t have an automatic solution and wind up in awkward decorating both overlooked and undervalued. Maybe it’s an alcove under the stairs, a charming nook that appears to have no real purpose or a too-small entryway, we usually tend to ignore these corners in our homes.
Corners are not just for time-outs; corners are where smart design can happen
Many people stare at their empty corners and feel there is something missing. What should go in that empty corner? With a little creativity, we can turn these small, unused spots into beautiful, functional spaces.
Decorating a corner space can be a tricky affair and often a task that leaves even the best designers perplexed. It is not so much the fact that the lonely little corner is incredibly difficult to decorate, but the complexity lies in making the right choice in relation to the rest of the room. Decorating a living room corner space is all about figuring out what works best for your home and the design theme that you have going. While some rooms demand an intricate and captivating corner makeover, others look stunning with simple, minimal additions. And yet there are times when a room looks balanced when the corner is left untouched and idle!
Some advice can be invaluable because some spaces can seem almost impossible to enhance. Whether the space in question just needs a coat of fresh paint or it lends itself to a creative storage solution, you can get some great advice there. Take those tiny nooks and alcoves that are so common in historic homes or in new homes that are heavy on upscale finishing. Sure they’re intriguing, but they’re also adjacent to larger rooms and don’t seem to serve any particular purpose. So should they be used for display–or for storage. There are easy and inexpensive ways to rescue your wasted space and transform it into an attractive design statement.
In spite of all your best efforts, in otherwise beautifully furnished rooms, these tend to exist. Typically these corners are too cramped to hang art or to fit a table or chair. Yet leaving these areas empty makes it look hollow and unfinished. One of the best solutions is to lean a large piece, such as a salvaged door or large mirror, against the wall. This adds instant architectural interest. You can also hang a corner-shelf and place attractive items on it for display. A floor lamp’s height can provide vertical interest and an attractive lamp-shade, that compliments to draperies or floor coverings, complete the look. Put a lamp or mirror and place a tall house plant, such as a palm, in the awkward corner.
Another design challenge is tiny foyers because, in theory, they should be as serviceable as they are attractive. How do you pair items, such as an attractive console table, pretty lamp or interesting art with all those abandoned shoes, dropped backpacks and everyday clutter?
Begin by choosing a slim table that won’t obstruct traffic but can serve as a catch-all for keys, homework, and smart-phones. You can organize this clutter by placing a shallow bowl or basket on top. Emphasize the floor space, even if it’s tiny, with an attractive (and washable) area rug. And hang art on the walls. Just be sure it’s well above shoulder height so it doesn’t get tilted or knocked off the wall when people are rushing in and out of the door.
Many of us have bedrooms where we have to make every bit of space work hard, including the corners.
These are few ideas for corner window seats, headboards, fireplaces, armoires and media cabinets, workspaces, bookshelves, and chaises, as well as some fun designs for making good use of corners in kids’ rooms, too. Create an elevated platform with a cushion for comfy seating then adds some hidden storage beneath. Fill the nook with a collection of comfy pillows in a palette you like and settle in for a little comfort and quiet time. Extend an upholstered headboard. This gives the bed a stronger presence. It’s a good opportunity to get more mileage out of fabric and create a daybed feel in the corner.
- A corner play area is a nice use of a corner if you have little ones running around, which keeps books and toys somewhat containable. Notice the close-by placement of a comfortable chair for you to sit on to keep an eye on the playful one.
- A message corner is mission control in any busy household. Create a small corner for a landline, a chalkboard, and messages. While you’re at it, add a drawer. A drawer is a must-have for necessities like tape, scissors, rubber bands, and loose change.
- Add a freestanding fireplace. It looks smart and retro at the same time. These freestanding units are fairly simple to install with a minor mess. They really add warmth and a comfort factor to a room making it cozy.
- Add a work nook. We’ve debated whether or not a desk is a restful item to have in the bedroom, but for many, it’s a matter of necessity. The corner is an unobtrusive spot that helps keep your relaxation and workspaces separate. You can also use this idea for a dressing table; just add a tabletop mirror. Have a pretty writing desk inherited from a grandparent. Now place it in a corner facing out and on a diagonal. Better suited for letter writing than plugging in to check email, a writing desk gives a space elegance and evokes calm.
- Add a beautiful corner window. Determine the best location and plan for adding a window to your home. The glass spans two walls and completely opens up the view. An architect or contractor can help in this as it is a construction job.
- Add some shelves: corner shelves are a quick and easy project.
- Angle the television: TVs are awkward anyway. You may as well kill two birds with one stone and combine the two. Placing one in the corner gets it out of the way, and fills an otherwise empty space. Angling a bed into the corner can solve this issue, giving clear views to the doors. From a practical standpoint, it also allows for some surface space behind the bed for lamps, reading materials and decorative accents.
- Create a reading nook. Place a chaise or overstuffed armchair in the corner with a good lamp for settling in with a novel or that stack of catalogs that have been calling your name. Let your bookshelves form an “l.” this is an effective way to extend bedroom storage and display space in a tight bedroom. Nothing is more cozy than wedging yourself into a small space that mentally hugs you as you curl up in a comfy chair and read.
- Customize a cabinet: if you can’t find the perfect item, get it made yourself with the help of a carpenter.
- Do you have a corner with a great view? Great corner views are a natural setting for eating and gathering. Dining tables in a corner multitask for eating, writing and gathering.
- Even petite desks can be tricky to use in small rooms. Customized desk in a bedroom makes use of the smallest of corners, providing room for a lamp and small drawer. And adding a beautiful chair in the fabric adds color to the room’s palette.
- Extend window treatments. This provides continuity and enlivens potentially dead space with fabric and prints.
- Find a corner cabinet or table: there’s a reason these things exist. Somebody at some point in time got smart and built a piece of furniture that nestles perfectly into corners, taking up the least amount of space possible.
- Find a round table or console: a round table can seat more bodies than a rectangular one. They also fit nicely into compact corners.
- Freestanding shelves, especially a pyramid-inspired style, work well in a corner. Store extra dishes and pretty containers on the open shelves for a great-looking display. A display cabinet that is built-in or freestanding makes good use of a corner, keeping pretty dishes, extra flatware and linens close by.
- Get creative with a wall mural. They are an easy way to add color, depth, and texture to any room. You don’t have to have bright colors to make a big statement on your walls.
- High-back chairs are perfect for corners. Most people like the look of high-back chairs but consider their height a visual challenge. Place two high-back chairs in a corner facing out. Add a small table in between and a rug. This creates a perfectly cozy sitting area. You can also opt for a curved or sectional sofa: match up one angle with each other, and your walls will spoon your furniture.
- Light it up with style! Enliven room corner with a dazzling lighting addition! Often, floor lamps make a big visual statement and also automatically ensure that the corner is no longer dull and forgotten. With oversized light fixtures, this is both a safe and trendy bet. You can even use a beautiful table lamp coupled with the right corner table if floor lamps do not tickle your fancy.
- Make it special: focal points are not always over the sofa or fireplace. Turn an unassuming corner into something unique, with the help of dramatic decors, such as this hanging rattan chair.
- Nestle an armoire in. Depending on how it relates to your bed’s placement, this can also be a great spot for hiding a bedroom TV.
- Place some plants: in addition to all their other beneficial qualities, plants are also beautifully sculptural. Not all of us are blessed with a view outside the living room that is filled with mesmerizing mountains or relaxing waves in the distance. But don’t let that stop you from opening up your living room to the outdoors. Offset the hard angles of a corner with organic branches and leaves. Else instead of filling up the corner, use glass walls to bring that outdoor greenery indoors. The seamless connectivity with the outdoors also gives the room a more cheerful and airy appeal.
- Set up a game table. Pair a game table with a banquette or chairs for an inviting nook that’s ideal for unplugged fun.
- You can also use two chairs to create a spot for coffee and conversation. It can be a nice refuge where parents can connect away from the kids. If your space is tight, look into corner chairs for a snug fit.
Decorating the living room corner is a lot easier than thinking of ideas for the bedroom or kitchen corner area. Simple sculptural additions, captivating art installations, and even a refreshing natural potted plant instantly transform the vibe of the living room with ease. You can even switch between these corner additions with changing trends and seasons to give the living room a more contemporary appeal.
Remember that decorating the living room corner does not mean you stuff every corner with decor that leads to a cluttered space. Decorating with nothing is the perfect way to go. Just make sure that whatever addition you choose, it balances the room visually while serving as an organic extension of the rest of the living area.