9 Ways to Breathe Life Into 'Dead' Corners
Raise the 'dead' with these tips to lift dull living room corners into room-enhancing features
Most corners work well with a chair, and in the living room an extra seat or two always comes in handy. Choose an armchair that will make a statement and tie in with the rest of your decor. Pick a bold colour or a material that contrasts with your sofa such as leather, velvet or patterned fabric.
Just be sure the style and shape fits well in the space – I like to tape out the floor area to help me visualise the space a piece of furniture will take up. Consider its height too, and whether you want it to be a solid form, or perhaps allow some light through with a rattan, woven or wire chair.
If you have a bench seat or console in a corner, experiment with the artwork lean. A great trick for renters (no nails in the walls) an oversized artwork or canvas print will help fill the void that the joining of walls creates.
Play with scale and proportion and think about how large you will need the artwork to be to create balance in the room. In this example, the fireplace has been used as a benchmark for the size of the artwork. Anything smaller would have looked out of place in this spot.
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Corners can end up as voids and dead zones, so make sure you are creating a functional space here, especially if you’re living in a small apartment. A recessed wall has been put to good use in this corner, with overhead open shelves and a petite chair. A great spot for guitar practice!
L-shaped or modular-style sofas are useful in living areas, especially when there are awkward corners with which to contend. Most furniture stores selling modular sofas allow you to choose their orientation, and many sofas can be customised to fit your exact layout.
If you have windows forming a corner in your living room and you don’t want to block the light or limit the view, why not try a lush tall plant? The greenery helps create a softness without being a completely solid element that will appear too heavy. The plant will love the natural light and it is a great option for apartment dwellers or if you don’t have a backyard – bring the outdoors in.
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An investment yes, but creating custom cabinets in a corner space, or where the walls end and windows begin, allows for a fabulously functional solution in an otherwise tricky area. By using the vertical space you add extra storage, and you can decide to have open shelving, to hide your things away in cabinets, or have a combination of both.
Another great multi-purpose piece is a chaise or daybed. Not quite a statement armchair, not quite a sofa (they are a little larger than an armchair, and not as large as a lounge), these corner solvers work wonderfully in wall junctions.
Tip: Build in some breathing space by positioning a transitional lounge out a little from walls and windowsills. You can also anchor another furniture piece off one of these seating options, such as a console or sideboard – just leave some air between them.
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Floor lamps are great because they provide that task or mood lighting you need in a living space and don’t take up much room. Plugged in to the corner, a floor lamp can reach over your sofa to help the living area feel more like its own zone; be more upstanding and shoot light upwards; or feature a semi-transparent shade that creates a soft glow and ambience. The options are endless.
If you have a challenging floor plan with limited walls against which you can place furniture, or a window you want to keep clear, why not consider creating a corner? In this living room, a sofa has been positioned where the wall ends, creating extra seating yet still allowing easy access through to the next room.
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