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Living room corner ideas – 10 stylish ways to decorate an empty corner

by Monika Bürger
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Living room corner ideas are rife with decorating opportunities. While it can be tempting to leave an empty corner vacant, you would be surprised at how easy it can be to decorate this unloved space in an elegant way.

Here’s how to transform neglected nooks into functional and inviting spots that will make your living room ideas all the more beautiful.

LIVING ROOM CORNER IDEAS – TRANSFORM AN EMPTY SPACE WITH THESE SMART SOLUTIONS

We’ve assembled some inspiring living room corner ideas, looks, and expert advice to kick-start your creativity.

1. FIT A DESK AREA INTO A LIVING ROOM CORNER

Living room corner with home office
(Image credit: Future)

Whether we are working from home or the kids need to do their schoolwork, these days there’s always a need for a dedicated workspace. It needn’t be imposing, so it’s a good idea to make the most of an unused living room corner or alcove. 

We love how this floating desk doubles as a reading with a bookcase above, and the design doesn’t take up any unnecessary floor space while still providing plenty of room to work. Soften up the space with a lamp, flowers, and a suitable chair or stool that fits in with the rest of your room’s existing decor.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.

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2. PLACE A FREESTANDING CABINET IN A CORNER

Living room corner ideas with freestanding furniture
(Image credit: Mark Bolton)

When in search of extra living room storage space, make the most of every empty corner available. Freestanding storage has come a long way in recent years, with many designs today certainly not compromising good looks for the sake of extra stowaway spots. They can be particularly useful for keeping soft furnishings such as throws and cushions close to hand, or a quick place to tidy toys, books, and paperwork away when not in use.

A true statement maker. Our versatile mid-century modern inspired credenzas are great for use as TV stands, armoires, bars, office cabinets or the perfect complement to your bedroom set. The vibrant art printed on the doors will make your piece pop in any setting. Available in a warm, natural birch or a premium walnut finish.

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3. FIT IN A WINDOW SEAT 

Living room corner with window seat
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A window seat in a living room corner is a good idea – as it has so many uses. From a practical point of view, the otherwise unused space can be used for storage, while providing seating for reading, eating, or simply enjoying the view beyond.

When it comes to designing a storage bench beneath a window, proportions are key,‘ says Irene Gunter of Gunter & Co Interiors.

Often people make them too skinny, which means they’ll still look attractive but will barely be used as they aren’t comfortable,’ she says. ‘Height is important, too. They need to be tall enough to provide substantial storage, but not so high that the sitter can’t easily get off and on.’ Ideally, they should be 50cm deep and between 50cm and 60cm in height.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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4. ADD INTEREST WITH A STYLISH STORAGE NICHES

Living room corner with log pile
(Image credit: Paul Massey)

If you have narrow or dead space, consider adding some seasonal charm with log storage ideas. The rustic log pile is one of the most versatile decorating tools at your disposal if you want to spruce up your winter living room. In Norway, woodpiles – called Holz hausen – are something of an art form, built up and displayed in homes and gardens with pride. 

Storing logs in baskets or in alcoves is becoming increasingly popular,’ says Tony Ingram, Technical Service Manager at Morsø. ‘But if you are considering stacking your logs in this way there must be a suitable non-combustible material between the stove and the logs; or a minimum distance as recommended by the stove manufacturer for safety purposes.

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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Living room corner with art feature wall
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Turn a blank corner into your own gallery wall by hanging artwork together as a cluster. Decide which paintings, prints or fabric will anchor the scheme then take your decorating cues from them. If you are hoping to create a real statement with the gallery wall, then opt for a maximalist approach. 

Try mixing and matching different frames for a more eclectic display,’ says Henriette Von Stockhausen, founder, VSP Interiors. ‘You can never have too much art,’ she adds.

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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6. FIT IN A TALL HOUSEPLANT

Neutral home decor ideas
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If you’re after a simple and cost-effective way to fill a living corner, then a houseplant could be the answer. There is no denying that the best indoor trees can create a wonderful focal point. With a significant interest in nature and sustainability, it’s a great time to consider the extraordinary health benefits of house plants and how they can not only improve your quality of life but also brighten your space.

Available with many different leafy textures, shapes, patterns, and colors, an indoor tree can make all the difference to an otherwise neglected living room corner. You can further enhance this impact by layering smaller plants at different heights.

This summer home, designed by Becca Interiors, delivers a space for rest and respite, memories under the summer sun, and many a sunrise out in the morning surf.

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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7. SET UP A SPACE FOR HOME WORKING

Green small living room with l-shape sofa and tv on the wall
(Image credit: Paul Raeside / Future)

This year, desks and workspaces have been creeping into unlikely locations, namely bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. With a carefully considered living room layout, it’s possible to turn an empty corner into a dual-purpose space that can accommodate visitors and also work as an office, too. The key to this partnership is a built-in desk, which doubles up as living room shelving when not in use, keeping the room ordered. Position efficient living room lighting overhead so as not to use up any valuable workspace.

Our peel and stick wallpaper is easy to apply and take off, leaving no adhesive residue. Featuring sharp, vibrant images, wallpaper patterns are ideal for accent walls, flat surfaces and temporary installations. Available in three panel sizes.

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8. DEVOTE A CORNER TO ENTERTAINMENT

Living room corner ideas
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For most families, a living room TV is an essential tool for facilitating movie nights with friends and family. The problem is, we don’t always have the space to devote a whole wall to what is essentially a large black rectangle. Rules of symmetry say that a TV should sit in the center of a wall – but that’s not always necessary. Instead, keep it from disrupting the rest of your decor by positioning it in an empty corner. 

The unit in this space is hardly hidden, but it doesn’t look unsightly, in fact, it kind of works with the modern living room fireplace below.

Declutter your space in style. Crafted with 100% eco-friendly bamboo, our serving trays are a versatile accessory—perfect as a coffee table platter, bathroom organizer or plant holder. Featuring a high quality print with a glossy finish, available in two sizes.

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9. INCLUDE OPEN SHELVING INTO AN EMPTY CORNER

Living room corner ideas with open shelving
(Image credit: Paul Massey)

Living room shelving is a great way to add extra storage space to any underused or bland living room corner. 

Open shelving can create a real statement – and is both useful and beautiful. It is also a more economical option than a fully enclosed storage unit, especially in a compact room. It is particularly suited to small recesses in areas such as either side of a chimney-breast or corner space, helping to visually enhance and correct uneven proportions.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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10. BUILD IN A SEAT 

Living room ideas for men
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When you’re faced with an empty living room corner, filling it in a way that is both functional and beautiful can seem like an overwhelming task. But if there is something that most spaces lack, it is more living room seating.

Design your scheme around a key feature. If your room has no natural focal point – create one. In this minimalist living room, the multi-use feature wall consists not only of a built-in seating area but also a living room fireplace – and a spot for the TV.

If your living room is on the more compact side, then it is suggested that you invest in seating that is the same color as your walls. This will help to expand the space, at least to the eye. Choose upholstery in warm, nature-inspired tones to elevate energy levels and boost the mood in your space.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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WHAT CAN I PUT IN THE CORNER OF MY LIVING ROOM?

There is a multitude of things you can put in the corner of a living room – the possibilities are endless. We recommend using an empty corner for storage or seating.

The most important thing to do when it comes to living room organization is to look at everything you own – art, books, and objects – and work out what living room storage you need. Of course, putting the bookshelves in a living room corner will mean that they are not always instantly visible as you enter the room – this is a useful way to store books without making them the focal feature.

For an alternative idea, consider hanging wall art as a series of panels for a statement focal point.

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