​12 Ways to Fill Empty, Awkward Corners

​12 Ways to Fill Empty, Awkward Corners

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Carolyn Purnell
Oct 30, 2015
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Peach & Craig's Peaceful Australia Abode

Have you got an empty corner and no idea what do with it? Below, you'll find 12 ideas for making the most of awkward, unused space. Some are probably expected, but hopefully, there are at least a few surprises in the list that will get your imagination going. You could fill your corner with...

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Jamie & Byron's Elegant Art Canvas

An epic cat tower. This tower from Franklin Cat Furniture isn't exactly in the corner of Jamie and Byron's living room, but it easily could be. If you don't have a cat, this could be an interesting idea for vertical storage, too.

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A Collector's Hollywood Bachelor Pad

Art. If you've got space to spare, adding art is always a good way to fill it. There are more expected art arrangements, but I like the way that Sweatson has hung the painting above, cutting off the corner. It's unexpected and draws your eye to what, otherwise, would be a neglected space.

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Elsa’s Eclectic Brooklyn Bohemian Spa

Plants. This is an oldie, but a goodie. When in doubt, add a plant—it's a good life motto.

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Brett & Betsy's West Village Ingenuity

A bar. Radiators commonly occupy valuable real estate, and they often do so in corners. Brett and Betsy have made the most of the situation by adding a shelf to create a makeshift bar. If you're radiator-less, you could still follow their lead and set up a small bar, coffee station, or tea tray with the use of a small cart or occasional table.

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Jasmin's Little House of Anglophilia

Blankets. In my own living room, I have a basket of throw blankets and extra pillows tucked in the corner, but I love Jasmin's idea of having a blanket rack close at hand. It's slim, which means that it won't take up much space, and in the winter it keeps cozy warmth at the ready.

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Katie's Up-Cycled California Bungalow

Lighting. Corners tend to gather shadows, so why not transform them into spaces with extra light? In Katie's bungalow, this makes perfect sense since the corner is next to the sofa, but you can also use this trick in random corners. Add a salt lamp for a soft glow, or hang a pendant for some extra drama.

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Fernanda's Design Dream

A hammock. Admittedly, this would take a fairly specific corner, but even if you leave the hammock draped when it's not in use, it could add a splash of color or a bit of softness.

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Vasanti's Creative and Cozy Silverlake Home

Shelving. This works especially well if your corner is more of a nook, as in Vasanti's living room. I like the idea of leaving a bit of space at the bottom of the nook to stash a pouf, ottoman, or other occasional seating. It's out of the way, but easy to reach when company comes.

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Erick's Modern Organic Burbank Mix

A folding screen. You can dull sharp corners by cutting them off with a screen, creating a little extra storage behind, or, as Erick does in his bedroom, just adding some visual interest.

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Cedrick & Sunny's Dramatic 1938 Toronto Bungalow

Seating. Carve out a personal space to relax, sip tea, and stare out the window. Or use the corner to store extra seating that you may only need when guests are over.

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James' Handmade Highland Park Home

A table. This triangular table gives plants and a lamp a place to rest, and it adds some warmth to what otherwise might be a pretty sterile corner.

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The Creative Haven of Artist Robyn Rich

Large antique objects. In just two corners, Robyn has managed to include a birdcage, an antique tripod, an old ironing board, and a mysterious (to me) green object, all of which are superbly cool items that would have no traditional place to go. They're on display in the corners, while still being out of the way.

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