We all have one.
The space under the stairs, the unexpected enclave, the once-stylish corner fireplace that looms over your living room. We don’t love these spaces, but there’s not much we can do to change them without some serious renovation.
So what are you to do? Leaving these awkward spaces bare only makes them more conspicuous, but decorating them can be tricky.
If the space isn’t cutting it, it’s time to try something different. Give your quirky spaces some love with these home design tips.
1. Start Fresh
When you’ve seen a space through the same lens for a long time, even the most creative designers can have a hard time thinking outside the box. This is true for awkward nooks and crannies as well. After a while, it can be hard to imagine the space as anything but awkward.
To start, take out any existing furniture in the space. Leave it be for a few days; then, return with fresh eyes. You might notice something you didn’t before.
If you’re still stuck, try bringing in a friend! A different perspective can help spark new ideas.
2. Go Green
In addition to being healthy and adorable, houseplants are one of the most versatile tools in the home designer’s kit. Plants can bring new life to just about any space, no matter how small or slanted. Pick out a few of your favourites and try them in your problem space; you might find they make that dark corner or unwanted enclave a bit more inviting.
3. Add Storage
The good thing about having space in your home you don’t know what to do with? You have space! Take advantage of it by adding storage solutions that reduce clutter in other areas of your home. Odd spaces, like tiny entryways and areas under staircases, are a great candidate for custom cabinetry.
4. Cozy It Up
It’s awfully small…but some would call it ‘cozy.’ This is a go-to solution for many of the weird little areas you just aren’t sure what to do with. Take advantage of the low ceiling and cramped quarters by turning it into a cozy, relaxing place to escape. Find a daybed or a chaise that fits right into the nook, add plants and cushions, and enjoy your brand-new reading/texting nook.
5. Make It Stand Out
If you can’t find a way to make an enclave fit in with the rest of the room, it could be that the space isn’t meant to fit in. Awkward spaces can look spot-on with an accent wall, an antique table, and a collection of unique items you don’t have another place for in the home.