How to Decorate in Corners

Right angles don't have to be tricky. Here are our most steal-worthy ideas to make the most of the space you have.

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July 27, 2017
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Use Unique Shapes

This rounded chaise might be tricky in a standard room, but it works perfectly in this odd corner near the staircase. When choosing furniture to fit an angled corner, like this one, don’t be afraid to pick pieces with a unique shape or scale.

Go All In On a Gallery Wall

Extending a gallery wall into a corner helps the lines of your space disappear. Choose artwork of varying sizes, shapes and textures for bigger impact. This is also a great trick to use in a smaller space, to make it feel a bit larger.

Create Additional Seating

If you have an odd corner in your home and you’re not sure what to do with it, consider creating an extra cozy seating area like this one from designer Kari Whitman. All you need is 1 or 2 chairs and a small side table. This can work really well in an extra long living room, family room or even in a master bedroom.

Add a Desk

This clever desk makes use of an otherwise abandoned corner in a NYC apartment. A solution like this one from Design Development might require some additional custom work; however, it’s worth it to add the functionality of a desk to your space.

Try a Window Seat

Here’s a chic corner from Blackband Design that makes great use of the space with the addition of a window seat. You can either create a custom solution or use a pre-fab model, but whichever you choose, work in some hidden storage with a lifting lid or cabinet-style doors.

Bring the Eyes Up

This adorable black-and-white playroom from Chango & Co. makes use of the corner by suspending storage baskets from the ceiling at varying heights. The trick brings the eyes up and helps to make the space look larger, while keeping toys and clutter off the floor.

Add Shelving

If you need some extra storage space, you can use a corner to add additional shelving. You can also use your corner shelves to create a focal point, or use them to display some cool objects, photos or books.

Fill a Corner With a Sofa

You can really make use of a corner in your home by fully embracing it. Designer Robin Wilson chose a stylish sectional sofa that perfectly nestles into the corner of this living room, providing enough seating for a crowd.

Don't Forget About Plants

One of your best, go-to choices for an odd corner is always a big, leafy plant. In this space, a Fiddle Leaf fig is the perfect addition to a niche, which created an odd corner spot behind the front door.

Floor Lamps Work Great

Another reliable choice for corner decorating is to add a simple floor lamp. In this space from 2id Interiors, a sleek floor lamp is paired with a white leather chair to fill up the corner space and complement the midcentury modern vibes of the room.

Put a Chair in the Corner

There wasn’t much room in the corner of this bedroom from designer Teri Koss, but a low, chunky chair was the perfect fit. A chair is an especially good choice for the corner of a master or guest bedroom, as it’s nice to have a cozy spot to sit down to take off your shoes, or even read a book.

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Rustic Entry Nook

Add handy, hidden storage with a vintage or modern corner cabinet. Here’s a charming, rustic, entryway from designer Charles Faudree that uses an antique corner cabinet for some extra storage.

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