How to Decorate a Corner Wall


An empty corner can interrupt the flow of an otherwise successful decor scheme. Choosing what to place in this static space may seem challenging, but there are several strategies for decorating corner walls. Most importantly, you should use the corner as an opportunity to add height to the space and anchor it. Whether you need extra storage or work space, lighting, or simply a decorative item to bridge the gap, follow a few strategies to decorate your empty corner wall and tie your room's decor together.

Things You'll Need

  • New or re-purposed furniture, such as a chair, bookcase or pedestal
  • Decorative items, including mirrors, vases or plants
  • Assess your needs for the space. Common issues include lack of storage or seating space, or maybe the room lacks light and color.

  • Take stock of your furniture and decorative items. It may not be necessary to purchase new objects to decorate the empty corner, especially if other areas of your room are cluttered or you have extra items in storage. For example, that beautiful room screen that is gathering dust in the garage could hide that empty corner and provide hidden storage space. Or you could finally hang all those paintings and create a corner art gallery.

  • Shop to fill in the gaps. You probably won't have everything you need to decorate your empty corner wall, but a quick trip to the home decor store or a flea market will help you complete the project.

    Look for a corner bookshelf with the right proportions to store all of your books, or a tall lamp to brighten a dark spot in the room while adding height. Don't forget to look for items that add a shot of color or texture to the room, and keep in mind that one of the easiest fixes is to add plants. Go to the nursery and purchase a tall potted plant or opt for a grouping of several plants at varying heights.

  • Rearrange your furniture or position your new finds to fill the empty corner. Step back frequently to examine the corner from across the room to be sure the new arrangement preserves the flow of the room and lends a sense of proportion. Add height by hanging a painting above a corner desk, or add tall stalks of bamboo to a decorative vase to draw your eye up the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider creating a reading nook in the corner by positioning a comfortable chair and a small side table with a reading lamp.
  • Add open shelving rather than a heavy bookcase to prevent weighing the corner down too much.
  • Angle a large floor mirror against the corner to make a small room feel much larger.
  • Purchase a wooden, metal or stone pedestal to add height to objects you already own, such as a sculpture or vase.
  • Activate the space by angling your TV in the corner or adding a lighted aquarium full of colorful, tropical fish.

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