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7 ways to make the most of an uncomfortable space

Homes come in all shapes, sizes, and layouts: from the ultra-functional and meticulously planned to the uniquely intriguing (sometimes frustrating). If you have a home with spaces that are a bit quirkier — or ones that are downright awkward — it can be hard to make the rooms look like they’ve been used to their full potential.

But never fear, because whether you’re challenged with an L-shaped room, a narrow area, or an awkward nook, a little ingenuity goes a long way in getting the most out of a space or layout. uncomfortable.

Keep reading to discover seven expert tips to make your space work for you.


More is better when it comes to lighting

Brightening an uncomfortable space with lighting is an easy way to open it up and make it appear larger than it is. To do this, it is essential to have many lighting options so that the atmosphere of the room matches the purpose of the space, whatever the time of day.

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Niki Wright, co-founder of lights and lampsexplains, “Layering warmer light is a natural way to brighten up your living space and help transition from day to evening.

“Using brighter overhead lights during the day is often a subtle enhancement to natural daylight. Dimming them in the evening and supplementing them with low-intensity lamps can turn a bright space by day into a cozy living room by night.

Position lighting carefully

Poorly laid out or unusually shaped rooms often struggle with the problem of dark corners or dull areas without much access to natural light. The result is a space that feels closed off or dull – not ideal if you want to make the most of the room.

Identify dark corners and recessed spaces (such as alcoves) and prioritize them for additional lighting.

“Lighting positioning is key to any project,” says Niki. “There is always a darker, north-facing side to every home and using lighting is an easy solution. Brightening up a dull corner with a table or floor lamp or washing out a dark wall with a well-placed wall sconce can make a huge difference in the energy and mood of a room.

Use the height of the walls

If a room is small, every inch of space is valuable, so take advantage of it. This applies not only to the arrangement of furniture on the floor but also to the space you have vertically.

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‘Generally in a tight space you want to make the most of the height and wall spaces,’ says Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of string furniture.

In ultra-narrow or small rooms, bespoke furniture and built-in solutions will ensure that every little nook and crevice is filled. It also ensures that you don’t miss any valuable vertical space. Think cabinets, bookcases and floor-to-ceiling shelving.

Zone your space

Don’t assume a room should have one purpose – dividing it into defined “zones” can make the most of the space. The largest and brightest part of an open kitchen can be used to house an island or a dining table, while a recessed section can be transformed into a small reading nook or study area. Furniture, lighting and accessories can all be used to divide the space.

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Martin Waller, founder of Andre Martin, suggests: “Use original lighting to create different areas, each with a different purpose. Hang pendant lights above dining areas and use task lamps in room corners to create cozy reading spaces.

“Open furniture, such as cupboards, bookcases or shelves, can be used to create different zones, without making the space seem closed. Alternatively, a screen can provide privacy, which makes often lacking in open spaces.”

Consider pattern and color carefully

Color and pattern play an important role in creating a sense of personality in your home. However, when it comes to a unique or bulky space, you will need to consider their use much more carefully.

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Diane Hyde, Marketing Manager at Craven Dunniladvise: When choosing wallpaper, consider the size of a room. Smaller scale patterns work well in large rooms but can overwhelm small spaces. Larger scale patterns work well in most rooms, but consider lighting as this can affect the look of the wallpaper and make a color appear lighter or darker.

“Tiles are beautiful works of art in themselves and have the power to completely transform a room. Using tiles as a kitchen backsplash is an exquisite way to display and accentuate their pattern, texture and their glaze.A great way to bring a splash of color into a room, highly reflective glossy tiles are also a great way to create a feeling of space and openness.

Turn an awkward corner into something useful

If there’s one thing that makes a space awkward, it’s small (and seemingly unnecessary) entryways, nooks, and alcoves. These are a pain when decorating and often feel like dead space.

“If there is a corner, use it. Make nooks a focal point by adding open shelves and filling them with books and accessories,” advises Camilla Clarke, Creative Director of Albion North. “Don’t be afraid to use unusual furniture to work in the space. A shelf doesn’t always have to be a shelf, if you’re short on space, use something interesting and unexpected as an alternative.

“You can stack books on a bar cart, on the mantelpiece, or on a windowsill. Don’t compromise on the scale of your furniture. A small room doesn’t mean it needs small furniture. Try not to reduce the furniture, adopt a small living room with a large sofa and it becomes so much more welcoming.

Maximize kitchen layouts

When it comes to high-traffic areas of the home, like an oddly shaped kitchen, the key is to add solutions that fit your lifestyle and cooking habits. By designing the kitchen to minimize conflict when using it, you’ll get much more out of the space.

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Tom Howley, design director at eponymous cooking companyadvises: “Walkway space and the work triangle should be considered when designing your layout. Having your hob, sink and refrigerator equidistant from each other and maximizing your space means everything is close at hand.If you have an open-plan kitchen, placing your sink on the other side of the stove will help avoid conflicts in space.

“If you have a small U-shaped kitchen, avoid cluttering too many cupboards; While you may feel like storage is crucial, entire runs of closed cabinets can lock in space even further. Make use of corners by including clever sliding solutions and only use wall cabinets on one side for a feeling of space.

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