Solutions For Tough Corners

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Every space will come with its own unique set of challenges, and where some might call them problems, I like to see them as opportunities to get creative. The challenge I’ve come across the most lately throughout my design work is what to do with a tough corner. There is that tight or oddly shaped space which can be found in any room in the home which can actually be transformed into an area that serves you and that you love. And while furnishing a corner may seem simple (a plant, floor lamp, etc) it is not always the case. See some of my favorite solutions below to help you use that bare area in your room to its fullest potential.

1. A Reading Nook

You might be surprised how a slender chair (and sometimes even an ottoman!) can fit in that back corner and serve as the perfect reading nook to pay bills, read a book or even sneak away for a snooze. We like to pair a mid-century modern chair with a wall sconce with an adjustable arm which adds interest and an inviting feel to the space. We are also really loving these ideas below:


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2. A tall sculpture or sculptural light fixture:

Noguchi lamps are some of our favorite objects to use in corners of rooms not only for the sheer glow but for their interesting sculptural quality which truly adds interest and worldly sophistication to the room. While you can’t go wrong with Noguchi, you can also get a tall sculpture or any sculptural structure you love put on a pedestal. Think of Brancusi and if you can’t foot the bill then make your own.

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Interior by François Catroux

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3. A Folding Screen:

I have a major love of folding screens. Sometimes simple and other times intricately designed screens can be such a lovely finishing touch to a room. They hide awkward corners (and whatever you’d like to put behind them) while adding pops of color and interest to the room. Recently we designed a custom upholstered screen using a shimmery Donghia wallpaper on both sides, and adding castors so its mobile, to hide large exercise equipment in the family’s otherwise beautifully curated TV room. See some of our favorites here.

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This wood veneer sunburst screen by Jean Michel Frank would make any space sparkle.

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De Gournay panels which are beyond luxurious. Image via pinterst.

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This one would be so sweet for a children’s room and wont break the bank. Found at World Market.

4. A Bar Cart:

An angled or round bar cart in a tight corner does wonders for a room. Contrary to what it suggests, a bar cart doesn’t have to have a collection of liquor atop it. We love designing virgin bars (great for children and lovely for mid-day visitors) where our client’s favorite glasses and stems are paired with bottles of Pellegrino and other lovely fizzy-filled beverages. Its also a great place to put a plant collection or a colorful collection of different size and color vases. cart-indoor-plant-gardens/

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This beauty would add that chic wow factor to a collected, eclectic space.

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5. Floating Shelves:

Floating shelves are just a great idea period. Great for displaying a collection from your recent travels or using as book storage, and can be installed at an angle or by using 2 to create an L-shape to maximize the shelf space. Some options are readily available in stores (think Ikea and West Elm) while a good carpenter can easily execute a more intricate idea you have to be tailored to your space and fit your corner just right. A few great examples below.

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Now its your turn, we’d love to hear what your favorite tough corner solutions in the comments.