“What in the world do I do with this space?” Ah, it’s literally one of my favorite design questions! I absolutely love standing back and seeing the potential in unused nooks and crannies of a home. I find it so exciting - like solving a puzzle.It may come from living in tiny NYC apartments for 13 years of my life. When you live in small apartments, every last blank space has to have a purpose. Or maybe it’s because of the fact that now I have lots of nooks in my house.
For example, I turned an unused second floor laundry room into an art nook for my kids when they were toddlers. I painted the walls with chalkboard paint, and squeezed in a small desk with stools on both sides, and I used the laundry cabinets to store all kinds of art supplies. I also took an awkward area on the second floor landing, added an oversized chair and an Ikea bookcase with doors, and boom - a comfy nook for reading and now where my 10 year old likes to play video games.
Nooks, niches and alcoves may seem like tricky areas to decorate, but there are great pros to having them. They add charm to your home while serving functional purposes when innovatively used. So let’s get down to business! Here are some ways you can utilize those odd corners in your house.