Chic Corner Decoration Ideas for Every Awkward Nook (2022)

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Read McKendree

Empty corners tend to stick out and make otherwise beautiful rooms look awkward—they're a little like me on the softball field in high school: dead weight, but full of so much potential (except in my case, that potential was limited to the classroom). In fact, no space is complete until all of its nooks are lovingly decorated. And luckily, corner decoration tends to be easy. Sometimes all it takes is an accent chair, a gallery wall, or an indoor plant. So keep reading for 30 stylish corner decorating ideas to polish off every inch of your home.

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Stephen Karlisch

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Set Up a Bar or Coffee Station

If you have a spare corner that also happens to be a tiny linen closet, use it for something fun, like a home bar or coffee station. Incorporate color for a playful surprise when you open the door. Designer Jean Liu lined the backs of the shelves in a mirrored backsplash for an extra pop of glitz. And if you don't have a closet, a decked-out bar cart will do the trick.

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Laure Joliet

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A Wine Rack Will Do Too

This freestanding storage piece hits the small-space home bar jackpot. It's slim enough to slide into a corner without blocking any prime usable space, and the minimalist design ensures that it doesn't take up too much visual real estate either. That way, we can focus on the superb lines of this sofa in a living room by ETC.etera.

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Ngoc Minh Ngo

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Decorate the Windowsills

To make sure every last corner is in its best shape, decorate the windowsills with plants. This is your chance to display those pretty vases and ceramics.

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JESSIE PREZA

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Make Your Own "Bar Cart"

Fitz Pullins used a small cabinet to prop up barware and hold glasses in this dining room. This is a great alternative for anyone who doesn't want to splurge on a new bar cart and can repurpose an exister dresser or nightstand.

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Peter Frank Edwards

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Fill the Corner Cart With Plants

Or, take note of this cheerful sunroom designed by Heather Chadduck Hillegas and adorn your corner bar cart with plants instead of barware. If a door opens up into the room, slide the cart a bit away from the corner so it's in full view (and isn't constantly being whacked).

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James Merrell

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Give It a Sense of Purpose

Give your formerly unused corner a real sense of purpose by setting up a workstation you'll actually use in it. Always wanted a vanity but didn't have a walk-in closet to put it in? Transform a bedroom corner, like Kate Reid did, with a small desk, chair, lamp, and mirror.

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Corinne Mathern Design

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Slide in a Pedetsal

A tall pedestal or column is the perfect thing to put in a narrow or awkward corner. It can give you a place for catch-alls or vases. Thione in an entryway by Corinne Mathern Studio blends right in.

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Shade Degges

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Set up a Vignette

In small nooks, use a few pieces to contribute to the narrative of the rest of the home without making it feel cluttered. Designer Jae Joo used an antique dresser for extra storage and topped it with a few decorative objects and hung artwork behind it for balance.

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Read McKendree

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Hang a Gallery Wall

You don't need a large wall for your dream gallery—a corner works nicely. Use a blank space to create an eye-catching, asymmetric display. For an even more swoon-worthy backdrop, paint your walls in a new color. We're digging this charcoal corner by Elizabeth Cooper Design.

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Romanek Design Studio

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Hang a Chair

Nothing ramps up the fun like a playful touch in the family room. This handsome leather chair in a living room designed by Romanek Design Studio is proves our point. It's the perfect blend of cozy and cool.

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LAURE JOLIET

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Build Corner Shelves

Free wall space makes a great backdrop for a built-in bookcase, or in a kitchen like this on by Reath Design, a place for spices and other pantry goods. This custom corner shelving connects the two walls visually and adds some angular contrast to the round lights.

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Nicole Franzen

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Display a Screen

A sculptural folding screen can function like a piece of art, and thanks to the flexible, bendable nature, they're also perfect for customizing to a corner.

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ERIC PIASECKI

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Choose a Sectional Wisely

In a living room or family room, a sectional is the perfect seating option to fit right into a corner. The shape also promotes easier conversation, making it perfect for entertaining and family nights.

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Nicole Franzen

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Set Up a Place for Odds and Endss

If there's an awkward corner by the entryway, turn it into something useful, like a console or pedestal. Use it to prop up flowers and a catch-all for odds and ends.

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Nicole Franzen

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Rearrange Furniture

Whoever said minimalism can't be cozy will definitely rethink things when they see this living room by Space Exploration Design. the side table is nestled into the corner and flanked by the sofa for extra surface area to hold accent lighting and artwork.

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Install a Corner Shelf

In this small bathroom designed by Corinne Mathern Studios, the tiny shelf transforms an awkward corner (what else would you be able to do with that limited space?) into something stylish and practical. It's just large enough to fit a select few cosmetics or a vase with flowers. Either keep it at the same heigh as the sink, or put it right between the sink and mirror.

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2LG Studio

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Slide In a Vanity

If you have extra space in a bedroom corner, slide up a slim vanity table and stool. It'll be a nice place to perch while you get ready each morning and night. Take note from this bedroom designed by 2LG Studio.

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Tamsin Johnson Interiors

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Build a Window Nook

Build out a custom window nook for extra seating but also to give a corner more dimension. In this living-room-family-room-hybrid designed by Tamsin Johnson, the window seat is a great addition since it blends into the background when not in use (those sculptural spherical pillows help), but also provides a cozy spot when the occupant just feels like hanging out.

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Nicole Franzen

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A Look Out Point

If there's a corner in your home with windows that look out onto a scenic landscape, design your interiors around the view. A cozy wood burning stove doesn't hurt either.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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Lean Found Objects

Whether its an instrument, antique object, or a random found item, simply leaning something against a corner wall can give it so much more personality. In this layered all-white white living room designed by Leanne Ford, texture is everything.

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PHOTO: Anson Smart; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Add a Large Plant

If you're not interested in building shelves or doing something dramatic, here's a simple solution: Add a small tree, which brings dimension, texture, and a much-needed dose of greenery. We love how the plant reflects the sofa's print in this living room by Arent & Pyke.

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Leanne Ford Interiors

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Take A Seat

Turn an empty corner into a small sitting area. A spare attic room with sloped ceilings and a cozy corner is the perfect opportunity to customize guest bedroom. This one designed by Leanne Ford has a curtain separator so it can double as a home office.

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Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

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Display Accent Lighting

Art meets décor meets lighting in this unique corner piece styled by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design. For a similar look, lean two tube lights against the corner wall. An floor lamp of any kind will also do the trick.

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JONATHAN HOEKKLO

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...or a Small Plant

Large ferns aren't the only plants worth buying: Small plants have their own quirky charm. To make sure it's not just your floors getting some love, hang a plant high up on the corner wall. We also love the how the folding screen brings dimension into the space and shields the empty corner.

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PHOTO: Felix Forest; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Customize a Breakfast Nook

A small breakfast nook like this one designed by Arent & Pyke the perfect way to spruce up an empty kitchen corner. Snuggle a bench or settee right up against the wall, or build a custom booth fit to the shape of your corner. And floating shelves and artwork will energize the walls.

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Stadshem

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Store Extra Clothing

Hanging your clothes in the open can be chic—although it's true that this trick works best in a large, airy, open space. We love the look of this iron clothes rack.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts

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Set Up A Work Space

Here's proof that a run-of-the-mill corner can also be a productivity-boosting (and stylish) command station. Get inspired by this desk area designed by Elizabeth Roberts and use your extra space to get organized by building a central spot that fulfills all of your needs. Think phone chargers, a memo board, and useable work space.

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TREVOR DIXON

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Extra Storage

A corner is the perfect place for extra storage pieces, like an umbrella bin, coat rack, or corner unit. They're particularly well suited for entryways and mud rooms, where outdoor gear and extra layers tend to pile up.

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Regan Baker Design

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Opt for Wall-to-Wall Furniture

Dining rooms have some of the trickiest corners to decorate in the entire house. To transform it from a blank white box to a lively space, large-scale armoires and storage units will be your new best friends. In this dining room, Regan Baker Design chose one that that fills the entire wall (it's a great storage solution, too).

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PHOTO: Felix Forest; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Display Sculptures

A lackluster living room or entryway corner can be transformed by a sculpture or piece of artwork. Even a large-scale and colorful basket propped on the floor makes a big difference, especially when it reflects the tones and moods of the painting above it, as in this space designed by Arent & Pyke.

FAQs

What do you put on an awkward corner? ›

25 Genius Ways to Fill Up an Awkward, Empty Corner
  1. Add a (stylish) wine fridge.
  2. Create a reading nook.
  3. Get creative with your bookshelf.
  4. Style with storage.
  5. Work on your home office.
  6. Embrace your artistic streak.
  7. Add an easel.
  8. Make a meditation nook.
23 Jun 2021

How do you decorate an awkward corner in the kitchen? ›

A cost-effective design solution for the awkward kitchen corner is open or floating shelves. Adding houseplants, cookbooks, decorative bowls, cookie jars, or beautiful crockery pieces turn what's often wasted space into a visually appealing gallery.

What can I do about awkward corners in my house? ›

12 Creative Ways to Repurpose That Awkward Corner in Your Home
  1. Put your décor on display. FollowTheFlow / Getty Images.
  2. Create your own work space. Sangsanit / Getty Images.
  3. Add a fireplace. ...
  4. Layer, layer, layer. ...
  5. Make it the focal point. ...
  6. Create a cozy reading nook. ...
  7. Embrace corner shelving. ...
  8. Frame an L-shaped sofa.
13 Jun 2022

What can I do with a hallway nook? ›

Large, cozy nooks make ideal places for children to read or take a nap. Small alcoves provide a display area for books, collectibles or other treasures. Installing drawers, shelves or cabinets in a hallway nook supplies extra storage space for a variety of items.

How do you disguise a corner? ›

Corner shelving or furnishings are ideal for concealing a corner. A tall, angled shelving system with an attached back that neatly tucks into the corner could hide most of the wall's crook. Use brackets to anchor bookshelves to wall studs to keep them from toppling over in the event of an earthquake.

How do you decorate a room with uneven walls? ›

How to Decorate a Lumpy Wall
  1. Try a Faux Finish. Using paint with a flat finish can help hide a lumpy wall because it doesn't reflect the light and call attention to uneven areas, says Houselogic. ...
  2. Hang Textured Wallpaper. ...
  3. Create a Collage. ...
  4. Hang Decorative Tapestries.

How do you decorate an empty corner space? ›

We've assembled some inspiring living room corner ideas, looks and expert advice to kick-start your creativity.
  1. Fit a desk area into a living room corner. ...
  2. Place a freestanding cabinet in a corner. ...
  3. Fit in a window seat. ...
  4. Add interest with a stylish storage niches. ...
  5. Dedicate a corner to a gallery wall. ...
  6. Fit in a tall houseplant.
24 Oct 2021

How do you decorate a corner with an accent chair? ›

Home Decorating: How to Decorate a Corner - YouTube

What can I do with a weird corner in the kitchen? ›

Sometimes corner cabinets are so awkward that the best solution is to create open shelving. Whether it's a cabinet with open shelves or floating shelves, these work great with leftover wall space and can allow you to bring in unique accessories that add some extra personality to the kitchen.

How do you fill empty space between kitchen and living room? ›

Put a Throw on it!
  1. Use Luscious Large Indoor Plants. ...
  2. Add An Office Nook. ...
  3. Use Large Bookshelves. ...
  4. Create separate Zones. ...
  5. Go Big. ...
  6. Play With Wallpaper. ...
  7. Use Floor Lighting. ...
  8. Use An Area Rug.
13 Jan 2022

How do you style a narrow hallway? ›

  1. Be fussy with furniture in a narrow hallway. ...
  2. Light up a small space. ...
  3. Stick to a monochromatic color palette. ...
  4. Hang up a mirror in a small entrance. ...
  5. Use paint to visually enlarge a narrow hallway. ...
  6. Play to proportions in a long hallway. ...
  7. Display oversized wall art. ...
  8. Use paint to create a focal point.
22 Aug 2021

What can I put on a blank kitchen wall? ›

Hanging prints, family photographs or plates are popular ways to adorn blank kitchen walls, but you needn't stop there. Add interest and personality with kitchen wall decor ideas, like a neon light, a large feature clock, or even an eye-catching mural you love looking at.

Where should I put my fridge in a small kitchen? ›

How to Lay Out a Small Kitchen - YouTube

What can you do with an empty room? ›

5 Ideas for an Empty Room
  1. Guest Room. This is usually one of the go-to ideas when it comes to deciding what to do with that extra bedroom upstairs. ...
  2. Home Office. Do you find yourself working from home a lot lately, but no designated place in your house to work? ...
  3. Home Gym. ...
  4. Home Theatre. ...
  5. Game Room.
4 Oct 2019

How do you decorate an awkward shaped room? ›

How to Style an Odd-Shaped Room
  1. Figure Out the Room Rituals. ...
  2. Arrange Furniture Around the Main Anchor. ...
  3. Maximize Space with Fewer but Better Things. ...
  4. Consider Built-ins. ...
  5. Mix Natural Materials. ...
  6. Go with the Awkward Corners.
13 Mar 2020

How do you decorate a weird shaped room? ›

How to decorate an odd-shaped room - YouTube

How do you decorate a weird shaped wall? ›

Use large artwork, wall paneling, or a mural to your advantage in rooms with quirky features. “These options can take your eye away from the asymmetry of a space and soften an oddly shaped room,” says Cummings. You can also work around triangular spaces with strategically placed pieces.

What is the 60 30 10 decorating rule? ›

What is the 60-30-10 Rule? It's a classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.

How do you decorate a room with uneven walls? ›

How to Decorate a Lumpy Wall
  1. Try a Faux Finish. Using paint with a flat finish can help hide a lumpy wall because it doesn't reflect the light and call attention to uneven areas, says Houselogic. ...
  2. Hang Textured Wallpaper. ...
  3. Create a Collage. ...
  4. Hang Decorative Tapestries.

What is a cozy corner? ›

A cozy corner learning center provides a safe place for young children to go where they can calm down when they're feeling mad, sad, nervous, or experiencing any big emotion.

How do you make a cozy spot at home? ›

Well, if you are wondering how to create this spot at your house, we have got the perfect guide for you.
...
A cosy corner at the end of a long day is a great thing to have
  1. Look for the light. ...
  2. Choose your fabrics well. ...
  3. Use pillows. ...
  4. Baskets for the win. ...
  5. Paints & Paintings. ...
  6. Set the mood right with candles.
12 Mar 2021

How do I style my nook to read? ›

The most simple and easy way to create a cozy reading nook is to get a comfortable, padded accent chair with armrests and stick it in an empty corner of your home. If you have bookshelves installed, all the better. Otherwise, throw some books on a side table next to the chair!

How do you decorate an awkward shaped room? ›

How to Style an Odd-Shaped Room
  1. Figure Out the Room Rituals. ...
  2. Arrange Furniture Around the Main Anchor. ...
  3. Maximize Space with Fewer but Better Things. ...
  4. Consider Built-ins. ...
  5. Mix Natural Materials. ...
  6. Go with the Awkward Corners.
13 Mar 2020

How do you decorate a weird shaped room? ›

How to decorate an odd-shaped room - YouTube

How do you decorate a weird shaped wall? ›

Use large artwork, wall paneling, or a mural to your advantage in rooms with quirky features. “These options can take your eye away from the asymmetry of a space and soften an oddly shaped room,” says Cummings. You can also work around triangular spaces with strategically placed pieces.

How do you decorate a small corner space? ›

9 Ideas to Decorate Empty Living Room Corners
  1. Empty floor corners: illuminate them. ...
  2. Corner walls: an opportunity for artwork. ...
  3. Alcoves in corners: use them as storage spots. ...
  4. Corners with natural light: place some potted greenery. ...
  5. High-ceiling corners: try a decorative screen. ...
  6. Corners with a view: Ideal for a small workspace.

How do you fill awkward wall space? ›

A Small Corner

Simply fill the space with a hanging display. Install sets of hooks on both adjoining walls and string up an assortment of hanging planters, lanterns, or baskets.

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