There should be an award for the amount of time you’ve spent meticulously planning every inch of your home.
From painstakingly choosing the exact right material for every surface to finding that perfect shade of blue (should you go Palladian or Sea Salt?) for your navy-themed bathroom. Through countless late nights flipping through magazines, scrolling Pinterest and scouring Instagram, you’ve managed to create a pretty impressive self-decorated space – even if you say so yourself.
But even a maestro has their off days – and it’s finally time to own up to yours. The bane of your interior decorating journey has been that awkward corner, odd gap and abrupt nook that you’ve been wilfully ignoring ever since you started your home renovation project.
Here’s a useful dose of inspiration to help you turn those dead spaces in your home into beautiful, functional areas that innocently hide the hours of frustration they have given you.
Use the space between two walls wisely
Stuck with a tiny, empty space between two walls? The builders’ design quirk has become your ambitious challenge, and you’re sure to rise to it with our suggestions.
If the space is in your bedroom, why not put up a rail between the two walls to create a minimalist, open-wardrobe-style hanging space? This would work equally well if the awkward space is in your hallway, as it could be the perfect spot to hang your coats, keys and umbrellas.
Of course, if the space is in your sitting room, displaying your best clothes for all to see might not be the best way to go. Instead, why not use the space as a mini-garden, by hanging small planters from the ceiling or with tiny terrariums placed on little shelves?
Thinking high and tall is the key here, so if the space is wide enough, a tallboy chest of drawers could provide functionality as well as aesthetics. The dark brown grain and rustic French design of the Willis and Gambier Antoinette Tallboy brings a touch of elegance to any room – as well as that all-too-precious extra storage.
Turn miniscule walls into organisation hotspots
Another brilliant way to make use of tiny wall spaces is by turning it into an organisation hub for the household. Paint the back wall in chalkboard paint and you’ve got yourself a useful place for hurried scribbles to ‘buy milk’ as you rush out the door after finishing the last drop.
Make the space more interesting with a beautiful piece of modern calligraphy, a corkboard to pin up fun pictures of family and friends, or a mini calendar – which comes with the added bonus of erasing any excuse your housemates might have for forgetting your birthday.
If there’s enough space, a small chest of drawers could turn the space from to-do list to a present wrapping and crafts area. Load up the drawers with arts and crafts material, stationery, wrapping papers and ribbons to bring out the Organisational Fiend or Crafts Queen in you. After all, you’re going to need the materials to prepare for all the birthdays you’re certainly going to remember this year.