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11 ideas for styling an empty corner of the home

One of our most requested articles is what to do with that awkward, empty corner of the home and we’re FINALLY answering your calls! Whether it be a corner in your living room, or a gap in your hallway, these blank spaces can often feel uncomfortable and bare. So we’ve searched far and wide to find a range of creative ideas to fill this space.

Read on as we list 11 of our favourite ideas for styling an empty corner and transforming it into a practical, stylish space.

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1. Create a vignette

One of our favourite interior styling hacks for blank spaces around your home is creating a vignette. No matter the room, a vignette is a great way to add interest to a blank surface or empty corner of a room.

Vignettes are a way to tell a story about you. Sprinkle elements of you, your interior style and some of your must-see items in a simple but effective empty space filler. Find our top tips to style a vignette here.

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Kitchen gallery wall _ styling an empty corner
Image via @vasaglefurniture

2. Add a bar cart

Elevate your home entertaining by styling an empty corner with a stylish bar cart. You don’t have to be a master mixologist to get one! Bar carts are multifunctional ā€” store spare crockery, books and other extra items in your bar cart. If you need your items in another space, simply move the bar cart as you need.

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Image via @shadiabrown
Bar cart corner styling
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Bar cart with plants _ styling an empty corner
Image via Black and Blooms

3. Display artwork

If you’re struggling with blank walls, art is what you need. Serving as a point of interest, and often a much needed pop of colour, display your personality and style with a piece of art. Style it with other furniture, like a console table or cabinet, or make it a focal point on the wall. The choice is yours.

If you’re looking for a more budget friendly alternative, find a print like our free Australian native wall art to frame. Easily switch out your prints when your room is in need of a refresh.

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4. DIY a gallery wall

On the topic of artwork, a DIY gallery wall is another fantastic high-impact wall filler. From photographs to minimalist artwork to your favourite inspirational quotes, your gallery wall can transform blank corner into a gorgeous display of you and your items.

Modern gallery wall
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Corner gallery wall
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5. Create a book nook

There’s nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair and reading your favourite book. Create your own dedicated reading zone to get the most out of that awkward corner.

Whether you have a couch, hanging chair or just a simple lounge seat, if it’s comfy, it’s perfect for your book nook. A floor lamp is also a great addition for moody lighting and to reduce eye strain. Layer up with a blanket in the cooler seasons, or simply keep it for a stylish look. Now grab your book and get ready to unwind in your new relaxing reading zone.

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6. Office corner

With working from home continuing for many this year, a neat office corner could be the functional solution you’ve been looking for. A small desk or some in-built joinery, chair and good lighting are the essential elements you need. Check out this article for even more ideas on how to create a productive home office space.

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Corner study space _ styling an empty corner
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7. Celebrate your love of music

Whether it’s a record player, DJ set, cool guitar, drum set or something else… displaying musical instruments or players is one of the coolest ways to fill a blank corner of the home. Record players are making a big comeback right now so if you can snap up a vintage one like those picture below, DO IT!

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8. Add some window seating

If your empty corner of the home has windows, make the most of the space by adding seating. A window nook can be a great addition that provides a cosy spot to relax in. Even better, when it’s not in use, the window nook remains a gorgeous feature that can blend into the background with minimal upkeep.

You can create a window nook and amplify your storage space all without breaking the bank. If you don’t have one built in, buy a nice bench or DIY your own like Kellin from Hydrangea Treehouse did below.

The Nordli bench seat hack by Kelin from Hydrangea Treehouse. Find more IKEA hacks here.
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Design by Tamsin Johnson Interiors
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9. Create a kids play nook

We don’t have to have all the fun. Give your kids a dedicated space by styling an empty corner for them.

As we show below, there are so many options! Give them a reading space to be calm and relax (we can dream, right?!), or a drawing table to explore their creativity (and avoid your white walls). Our favourite option is the tent, where they can play with their toys and hide from the world, all while being a great hiding spot for a quick declutter!

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Image via @mazzeflynn
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10. Add a touch of greenery

Whether you’re a diehard plant parent or a new member of the indoor plant movement, indoor plants are a stylish pop of life to add to your corner. There are countless trendy plants to choose from, and they offer more than just style ā€” they can help improve your air quality too!

Experiment with different pots and levels to create a vibrant, living focal point in your once empty corner.

Plant corner styling
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Plant corner styling _ styling an empty corner
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11. Add a floor mirror

There’s no better way to bounce light and make a space feel larger than with a floor mirror. Large mirrors are also practical, easy and budget-friendly option to fill that empty corner.

With an array of styles and sizes available, you’ll definitely be find the perfect fit for your room and space. And you can use it however you want ā€” hang it up, behind a console table, or simply lean it against the wall.

Mirror styling _ styling an empty corner
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Do you like our 11 ideas for styling an empty corner? Have you styled a empty corner? What did you do for yours? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

Welcome to Style Curator, your destination for daily interiors inspiration, styling tips, reno advice, home tours and DIY projects!

We're on a mission to help you create a home you love. And with plenty of tips and tricks, tutorials and other home inspo, we give you all the tools to achieve it!

Iā€™m Gina, Founder and Interior Designer, and you can read more about Style Curator here.


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