No matter where you live or the size of your home, empty corners often appear and beg for attention. While they may seem like wasted space, these corners hold incredible potential for adding both function and beauty to your home.

Here are five creative ways to transform those neglected nooks into stylish and purposeful areas, as suggested by expert interior designers.

1. Create a cosy reading nook

An empty corner can be the perfect spot to carve out a cosy reading nook. A compact armchair or a snug loveseat paired with a small side table and a stylish lamp can instantly create a welcoming space for relaxation. “In a corner with good natural light, a reading nook becomes a favourite retreat,” says Liz Williams, owner of Liz Williams Interiors in Martha Stewart. Add a plush throw blanket and a stack of your favourite books to complete the look.

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2. Embrace greenery

Introducing plants into an empty corner is a great way to bring a touch of nature indoors. Debbie Mathews, owner of Debbie Mathews Antiques & Designs, suggests placing a large potted plant or a cascading fern to soften the space and add vibrancy. “Plants can transform a dull corner into a lively focal point,” she says. Choose plants that thrive in the lighting conditions of the corner, whether it’s bright and sunny or shaded and cool.

3. Add extra seating

Empty corners are ideal for adding extra seating that doubles as décor. A stylish chair can serve as both a functional piece for additional guests and a decorative accent. “A unique chair with interesting lines can define a corner and complement adjacent artwork,” Mathews notes. Don’t hesitate to experiment with bold colours or patterns to inject personality into the space.

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4. Illuminate with a statement lamp

A statement lamp can do wonders for an empty corner, adding both light and style. According to Williams, placing a lamp in a corner can brighten the entire room, especially if the walls are light-colored. “We chose a green Demijohn lamp for a corner in a study, which added character and warmth,” she shares. Opt for a lamp with a unique design to make the corner stand out.

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5. Showcase a sculptural piece

If you have a decorative chair or an interesting sculptural piece, an empty corner is the perfect place to showcase it. “A sculptural chair can add architectural interest and become a focal point,” Mathews explains. For instance, whether you’re looking to add a statement piece to your living room or a cosy seating option for your bedroom, the Harper Armchair from Cielo is sure to leave an impression.

By thoughtfully decorating the empty corners of your home, you can create spaces that are not only visually appealing but also serve a functional purpose. Whether it’s a cosy reading nook, a burst of greenery, extra seating, ambience lighting, or a sculptural masterpiece, these ideas will help you make the most of every inch of your home.


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