5 Tips For Beautifying The Neglected Nooks In Your Home

Decorating your home and making it feel like it truly reflects your personality is incredibly satisfying and rewarding. While beautifying your home is not necessary, it does add a lot to your quality of life. As Fresh Scents points out, decorating your home can help increase productivity, reflect certain aspects of your personality or interests, and generally make you happier and feel more at home.

However rewarding the process of home decoration may be, it can also be a little tricky. While some areas of your home are easy to decorate, like your bedroom, living room, or kitchen, other zones may be more difficult. Empty or awkward corners in your home, whether in your living room, hallway, office, or otherwise, can be hard to decorate or fill, and leaving them blank can make the room look bare and incomplete. Keep reading for some great ideas on how to fill these empty corners.

1. Desk space

One of the more productive ways to fill an empty nook in your home is to design a small office space. This is perfect for those who want to create a dedicated home office without sacrificing one of the rooms in their home. There are plenty of ways to do this with varying levels of intricate and installation difficulty, ranging from simply adding a small desk to creating an entire built-in, per Interior Notes.

One of the easier installations is simply adding a sturdy wood shelf at desk height and pairing it with a desk chair. The result is simple and uncluttered. You can also install shelves above it and drawers below to make it feel more like an office space. The best part of this style is how versatile it is — it works for any size corner and can be transformed into a simple shelf if you get tired of the desk setup. Other options include vintage drawing tables or consoles, wall desks, drafting tables, or just a desk made for small spaces.

2. Lounging area

Add an armchair to awkward, small corners and nooks that don't fit anything specific. The Home Depot notes that this can be a simple armchair or a unique piece of statement furniture. It's a great way to create more seating options and tie the room together quickly. If you have a color scheme you want to accentuate or calm down, you can choose a chair with corresponding upholstery.

This can be as simple as a fun decorative armchair but can also be made into a more dedicated lounging area. Add a lamp and a small side table or console if you have enough space. Fill it with cozy lounging items — books, musical instruments, blankets, candles, a speaker or music player — as well as decorative items and clutter, including plants, clocks, signs, etc. These simple additions can effortlessly transform your otherwise awkward, bare corner into a luxurious lounging area.

3. Dining booth

If you have a nook or corner in your dining room or kitchen and don't know what to do with it, consider turning it into a dining booth. This is an incredibly unique home addition and a great way to reflect your design taste. It also adds a lot of charm and character to your dining room. A straightforward way to do this is to find an antique or vintage dining booth or bench or purchase a new one. Pair it with a complimentary dining table and chairs.

A more advanced way to do this is to design your booth. That'll require a bit of carpentry and design skills, but the result is an entirely customized personal dining booth. For this DIY, My Mindful Home says you'll need wood, wood glue, and nails for the structure, foam, and wadding for the seating, and upholstery, staples, and fabric glue for the upholstery. After designing and installing the booth customized to your specific corner, you'll cut the foam to size, add wadding and upholstery fabric on top, and install it onto the wood structure.

4. Window seat

There are multiple ways to decorate a bay or jutted-out window nook, but one of the most timeless and stylish methods is to create a window seat. The simplest and cheapest way to do this is to find a bench roughly the size of the nook, adding some padding and cushioning around it. This isn't a traditional window seat, though, and it lacks the sophisticated look of an installed seat.

If you're not the handiest, your best bet is to call a professional contractor to build your window seat. They'll be able to make one to your specific dimensions and with any additions, you may want, like hidden storage or built-in bookshelves. Refresh Renovations says simple window seats should only cost around $400. You can also build your own if you have the necessary skills and equipment, which mostly requires lots of wood, screws, saws, and design plans, like this one from Sammy on State.

5. Reading nook

Finally, a classic and cozy transformation idea for the neglected corners in your home is to turn them into a book nook. This can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Add a hanging shelf with some books and a plush armchair for a small empty corner. You can add some floor-to-ceiling shelves to show off your book collection for a more substantial cut-out, creating a mini library area.

Star Furniture notes multiple ways to design the coziest reading nook possible. For example, you can even turn an empty closet into a snuggly reading area. The only necessities include books, obviously, a way to display them (bookshelves, curio cabinets, stacking them, etc.), and some seating. You can choose anything for seating, but you need to prioritize comfort, arm support, and posture. A wingback armchair is a classic option, but a loveseat or bean bag will work wonderfully.