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How to Design a Room With an Awkward Shape

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Most suburban Australian houses are fairly uniformly designed with many of the rooms being conventional rectangles. This regular floor plan means that interior decoration is relatively easy. After all, most furniture and wall hangings are designed for rectangular rooms and are, themselves, fashioned with plenty of ninety-degree angles. However, if you have a room with a nook that doesn't quite fit in with the rest of your home's décor, or you have a curved area, then it can become trickier.

What do you do if the shape of your room is unconventional, but you still want a uniform look with the rest of your home?

Handling Furniture in Odd Spaces

Some homes have so-called dead spaces in which you cannot really do anything except, perhaps, put a house plant. Examples of this sort of thing include triangular shapes under stairs, small spaces between a party wall and a doorway and L-shapes which don't extend very far. These tiny spaces are not much use for conventional furniture which – most of the time – will simply not fit in or swamp it if it does. In such spaces, it is better to opt for a bespoke item of furniture, such as a hand-crafted chest of drawers, so that the zone becomes usable and offers the eye a clean line. Professional cabinet makers are used to designing cupboards, sideboards and drawer units that sit in nooks like this, so seek one out.

Draw Attention Away From Problem Spaces

If your room looks good when you stare at it in one direction but not in the other, then you should try to focus attention to make the most of what you have. Arrange your seating so that it backs onto the awkward shape and faces the room's cleaner lines. Why not opt for a feature wall that draws your eye line towards the section of the room that works for you and away from the part that doesn't?

Make the Most of the Oddity

Some people want to disguise an awkward shape in a room, but others will make a feature of it. This is a bold step but can work very well. Instead of hiding an order corner, a sloping ceiling or a curve, make them the basis for your interior design. After all, a funnily shaped room is kind of unique and offers a home a certain amount of personality.

Curtain Off

If you cannot disguise the awkward shape of a room's footprint, then a good idea is to section it off. Items like bookcases will allow you to block off an odd corner completely, for example, but you'll lose the space behind entirely. Instead, you could hang an internal floor-to-ceiling curtain and still be able to reach the area when needed.