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Nook styling: 3 ways to make the most of empty corners of the home

Supported by Natural Rugs Australia

Styling empty corners of the home to give them interest — and purpose — is one of the best ways to make your house feel more cosy and homely. Because when left bare, these blank spaces can make rooms feel sparse and cold.

To show how easy it can be, today I’m styling an empty nook of my home in 3 ways using the stunning new collection of small area rugs from Natural Rugs Australia. Available in a range of natural materials, including jute, wool and sisal, these nook rugs are a fab way to demarcate and add softness to small areas or transition spaces of the home.

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Transform an empty nook into a reading corner

If you’re an avid reader (or want the motivation to become one!), transforming your empty nook into a reading corner may be the perfect solution.

In this first look, I used a small area jute rug from Natural Rugs Australia as a base to create the reading area. If you have hard flooring, such as timber or concrete, I always suggest using a small rug to visually anchor the space, and provide much-welcomed softness.

Then it’s just a matter of bringing in a few key pieces to finish your cosy reading space.

Key styling items to create a reading nook:

  • comfortable chair
  • side table to rest your book and cuppa
  • good lighting
  • cosy elements, such as cushions, throw blanket and candle.

Find more tips to create a cosy reading nook here.

Reading nook lighting
Stone side table in reading nook
Creating a reading corner is one of the most popular ways to fill empty corners of the home

Add interest to an empty corner with a styled console table

Another way to transform a pocket of your home from bland to beautiful is with a small piece of furniture, such as a hall table, chest or console. This creates styling opportunities on it, above it and below it!

For example, on this console table I created a vignette to the left with a stack of books, candle and glass cloche, crystal and wick trimmer. And balanced this with a tall vase filled with native Australian flowers to the right.

It always looks great to do something on the wall above a piece of furniture. Hanging artwork or a mirror, creating a small gallery wall or using a wall hanging are just a few ideas to try. And a renter-friendly decorating solution is to lean artwork on the table as I did. This avoids the need to use hooks or removable adhesive products which aren’t always damage free!

Finally, don’t neglect the floor. Using one of the new small sisal rugs from Natural Rugs Australia creates a sense of balance and visually defines the space. A woven basket adds to the warmth and softness.

Empty corners of the home can be filled with small furniture
Small furniture items can be the perfect solution to fill empty corners of the home
Styled vignette on console table
Jute rug and woven basket

Turn an empty nook into a space for mindfulness

If, like me, you’ve been looking for ways to slow down and connect with yourself, why not turn your nook into a space for mindfulness?

Comfort is key. So for this nook I used the Natural Rugs Australia Coastal Grey wool rug which is extra plush and luxurious. Around the rug, I placed large cushions that pick up on the earthy materials and colours of the rug. Finishing details of a salt lamp, oil burner and indoor plant add thoughtful touches.

Create a mindfulness corner in your home
Creating a space for mindfulness is one of my favourite ways to style empty corners of the home
Plants and oil burner add to the relaxing ambience
Create a self care nook in empty corners of the home

Have you been inspired to transform a corner of your home? Which of these 3 nook styling ideas appealed to you most? And if you love this new collection of small area rugs from Natural Rugs Australia as much as I do, you can buy these from $140 while their limited stock lasts. Visit their website to see their full rug collection or follow them on Instagram for plenty of interior styling inspo.

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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