Solutions for Awkward Spaces

solutions for awkward spacesOpen plan/ loft living has become increasingly popular, but this lifestyle isn’t without its challenges. These awkward floor plans often include accentuated acute and obtuse wall angles, windows that are so large they take up an entire wall, and intruding (though often times beautiful) columns. Have no fear urban dwellers! Here are some tips to work around some of those awkward details.

For corners that are obtuse, that is wider than 90 degrees, soften the angle by adding a natural element like stick screens or a tall (verticality is key here) house plant or vase. Avoid contrasting colors between the joining walls and the use of dark colors on vases or plants.

For acute corners (less than 90 degrees) you can soften the corners by adding sheer drapery around a nearby window. If there isn’t a window in that corner hang the sheer drapery from the ceiling and put a chair or stool below it. Make sure that the furniture you choose has lots of negative space and, similar to the obtuse corner, has a decent amount of verticality.

Large windows are usually a blessing, but if you’re in need of some additional wall real estate they can seem like a curse. If you have floor-to-ceiling windows in combination with high ceilings then stack your book cases and invest in a ladder! The Tall bookcases will imitate your tall windows, providing symmetry and elegance while making the surrounding spaces seem bigger (just make sure to bolt both cases to the wall). I would recommend using an orchard ladder to access items on the top shelves, they are light, narrow and beautiful so there is no need to hide them, just lean against the bookshelves and use anytime!

Columns can be tricky. I recommend designing your space around the walls and windows first, then considering the part the columns will play in the flow of your space. For example, if the column is equidistant between two walls and your space is smaller, choose a side of the column that leads best into the next portion of the room and keep it a nice light neutral color (white or tan). Paint the other side a bright accent color and block off passage between the column and wall with a bookcase or chest. This makes two distinct rooms without blocking out natural light. If your space is bigger don’t block off any side and ground the column with a house plant, some colorful floor pillows or something unique that you would like to display.

Remember, just because your space has an odd shape doesn’t mean you have to cut off corners and minimize your living space. The general rule of thumb is to use furniture that allows for light passage (lots of negative space), verticality (tall pieces) and strategic color schemes to keep your home looking and feeling spacious yet squared off.

Heavenly Hideaways

Need a way to break up the excess space in a room, but desire a more unique approach than freestanding dividers? Building out a hideaway room allows for a more cozy public space while creating a fun private space just for you!

Before you start knocking down walls, or even hiring professional help, consider a few things about your space first.attic space with secret room

1.What is the floor plan of the room? Are there closets or small walls that indent into the dominant shape of the
room that you can take advantage of?

2. How many windows are in the room? Natural light makes a space feel larger and generally more comfortable, if you want your private space to be a dark hideaway this is not an issue, but generally a window or skylight could do wonders.

3. How do you want to use each space? Perhaps you work from home and need a private nook free of distractions where you can put a desk and store your office supplies. If this is the case think about your workflow and what you will need.

4. Finally think about what you will use your new public space for, perhaps a game room for the family? Considering the uses for each room, the needed lighting and shape will help you figure out the functionality of each space.

Now you’re ready to DIY it or hire some help and turn a large awkward space into a heavenly hideaway!