When it comes to a living room’s layout, not all corners are created equal. And while some are meant to be left untouched (hence the power of negative space) others could do for a little sprucing up. Read on for 10 simple ways to transform a tricky, unused corner into a stylish spot that showcases your decorative prowess.
1. Step into Action
Staircases are notorious for creating oddly-shaped alcoves and corners. Here, a grouping of time-worn stools, a woven basket and fresh blooms impart vintage character as soon as you walk down the steps. The small art piece above helps define the area.
2. Reflect on it
No matter how big or small, wall protrusions are a decorating downer. To soften the look, hang circular mirrors that play off the hard edges of the wall and bounce light around. Up the decorating ante further with a slender armchair that doesn’t span beyond the jut-out.
3. Think Outside the Box
Put your DIY skills to the test by repurposing wooden crates into rustic floating shelves. It’s a creative and budget-friendly way to add instant functionality to a once-wasted corner.
4. Console Yourself
A built-in fireplace is a living room must-have, though it often leads to awkward remaining wall space. Make use of the otherwise empty area with a stylish console that doesn’t poke out beyond the fireplace surround. Hanging artwork above helps delineate the nook, making the arrangement look all the more intentional.
5. Revamp the Radiator
A bulky radiator can seriously cramp a living room’s style, so when you can’t conceal it – give it aesthetic appeal. Paint yours a stand-out colour (be sure to switch it off first and only paint when it’s completely cold) and add a cheerful print above for extra impact.
6. Lean it Back
Concrete and brick walls make hanging anything with nails far too cumbersome. While artwork can get by with a few Command Strips, weighty mirrors aren’t as compliant. Instead, wake up an empty corner by casually leaning an ornate mirror (art pieces work too) against the wall to visually expand the room and introduce a casual, eclectic feel.
7. Watch and Learn
An awkward wall that spans half the room is unavoidable in most homes, but luckily, it’s not a decorating deal-breaker. Maximize space by installing a floating media unit that extends the length of the wall. Just make sure the room’s furniture layout suits the new TV placement.
8. Have a Seat
You heard it here: slanted ceilings can actually do your home favours. In this case, the slope creates an intimate corner that’s practically asking for a plush armchair and trendy side table to be placed in its depths. Consider it the cozy nook you never knew you needed.
9. Window of Opportunity
Transform a difficult corner into a dreamy space by installing a custom window seat. This cozy nook is the perfect size for one, ideal for snuggling up with coffee and that new must-read.
10. Work All the Angles
No matter how tricky the angle, you can never go wrong with custom furniture. Take this home’s striking wood desk, which was tailor-made to fit perfectly into one of the living room’s tight corners.