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No matter what type of property you live in, it’s likely that you have at least one awkwardly shaped room. A converted loft with sloping ceilings, a bedroom with extra-long or short walls, an office with odd angles, the list goes on. If this sounds familiar and you’re struggling to imagine how to make your room functional, worry no more! Here are some of the best tips and tricks to transform your room from awkward to appealing in no time.
Pick fitting furniture
It’s important to pick furniture that suits the size and shape of the space. Items that are too big will make your room feel cramped, and furniture that’s too small will make it feel empty and uninviting. For instance, if you have a converted loft with slanting walls, you may not be able to fit in a conventional wardrobe.
Instead, think about alternative options you could use. An extra-large sideboard or chest of drawers may sit snugly under the slopes and provide ample storage. Or opt for an ottoman bed that lifts to reveal storage underneath. It’s all about thinking outside the box!
Magnify with mirrors
Is your space small? Or long and thin? You can create the illusion of extra space by incorporating mirrors into your interior design. The key to this is to pick a focal point in your room, such as a feature fireplace and angle your mirror towards it.
This will trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is. Hanging a mirror near a window is also a great trick as it bounces light around the room, making it feel bright and airy. If your room has no windows, then why not create the illusion of one? Opt for a beautiful French style cut mirror to mimic a window – your room will feel much brighter!
Trick the eye with colour
Many of us tend to steer clear of bold colours in small, awkwardly shaped spaces in fear that it will feel dark or cramped. However, incorporating pops of colour into your design will add depth, interest and warmth to your room, making it much more inviting.
If you have awkward nooks and crannies or one large wall, try painting them in a feature colour. The key to this is to paint the rest of the walls in a neutral shades such as off-white or cream to maintain balance. If colourful walls aren’t an option, then incorporate rich hues through accessories instead. Light fittings, bed linen, rugs and cushions are all quick and easy ways to add warmth to your space.
By choosing furniture that fits the space, incorporating pops of colour and creating the illusion of space with mirrors, you can turn awkward areas into fully functional rooms in no time. Why not start your room transformation today?