Often, designing spaces is a breeze: everything seems to fall into the right places naturally. Other times, though, it’s complicated—you have an awkward, empty space under the stairs or weirdly placed windows you don’t know what to do with. If you’re in that state of design dilemma, take inspiration from these clever solutions for common awkward spaces at home:
Dilemma #1: Open, Free Space
When designing a huge space that has no walls, the goal is to create multiple areas that have different functions. Say, separate the kitchen and the living room by adding sliding doors. You can add sliding cavity door sets for a stylish touch to this. You may also use glass material for your doors, in case you want to maintain that open, airy vibe.
Dilemma #2: Long, Slender Corridor
The quick fix? Treat it as a wall in a museum. Paint it white or any neutral tone and fill it up with art. When deciding which art to hang, start by knowing the style you want. Is it abstract? Pop art? Impressionist? It’s best to stick to just one style so it’s easy to tie things together visually.
Another design treatment for this dilemma is to hang photos. Feature your travel photos or portraits of your kids in different frame sizes and this will instantly be a wall of interest for your guests.
Dilemma #3: Slanted Area under the Stairs
This is the best section for a reading nook. Get a small daybed that has no headboard or foot board and fit it in. Place some throw pillows and put accent lighting to complete your small book corner. Another option is to turn it into a storage area. If your budget permits, install custom built-in cabinets or shelves.
Awkward spaces may be challenging. But they can also be a fun, exciting design project. Accept the challenge of design dilemmas and keep in mind these tips.