10 living room corner ideas to make the most of an empty space

Let these living room corner ideas inspire you to embrace your awkward nooks and turn them into something beautiful

Living room by Interior Fox
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Looking for inspiring living room corner ideas? We've all got 'em, corners. And they can be quite awkward spaces to know what to do with. Too small to fit in any substantial furniture but too big to leave empty – these parts of your living room do need a bit of extra love to make them stand out.

Lucky for you, we have loads of gorgeous spaces to prove that your corners can become things of beauty. From a cozy home for your houseplants to a place to WFH, let these looks inspire you to make the most of your space...

1. Create a reading nook

December 2019: Katy Waters and husband Jason have created a Scandi-inspired master bedroom in the loft of their home in Ealing

(Image credit: Chris Snook )

Because who doesn't want to able to say they have a reading nook in their home? Even if the reading nook is more of a magazine nook or an iPad nook, it's nice to have a cozy space with soft lighting to take yourself away to.

We love how light-filled this space is, something you don't always see with corner spaces, but even if you don't have a nearby window, a strategically placed mirror can make the area feel lighter and brighter.

2. Add interest to a plain corner with prints

Blue living room

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

Sometimes all a dark corner needs to give it a lift is a few prints. We love how this one is made up of small prints that meet at the corner, it almost creates the allusion the wall is in fact flat. If you like a less fussy vibe, hang two prints of similar sizes on each wall for an equally eye-catching gallery wall. 

3. Put a fireplace in a cozy corner 

Jason Traves house: A dark and moody seating area in a loft conversion with an armchair and footstool, woodburning stove and deep grey painted walls

(Image credit: David Woolley)

Oooh, don't you just feel warmer looking at this space? A log burner is the ultimate corner accessory right? It's also a great location if your living room is on the smaller side so you can't really afford for it to me bang in the middle of the space as a focal point. Note how this small log burner is positioned in the alcove of this room – such a nice way to use up what could just be a dead space. 

Pop a compact armchair nearby and, if you can squeeze one in, a side table or stool for your tea and a book.

4. Hang a chair 

Hanging chair in loft space

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Nothing gives a space those cool, boho vibes quite like a hanging chair. Plus they are perfect for small spaces because technically they take up zero floor space either so are going to be visually bulky. Make a swing seat even more inviting by piling up the cushions and adding some sheepskin throws too.

Word of warning, safety is important when adding a hanging chair. Make sure you follow the manufacture's instructions when installing it, ensuring the chair hangs from a ceiling joist and has enough room around it to make it safe and comfortable to use.  

5. Turn a corner into a jungle 

Ikea snug room ideas

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When in doubt, nothing fills up an empty corner like a houseplant – they literally bring life into a dull space. Plus they are perfect if you have barely any room so furniture or storage in a no, but you just want something to add a bit of interest.

A larger houseplant is going to have more of an impact, but quick hack, you can add loads of height to your houseplant but popping them on a stand, a stool or even a small table. Plus if you are worried about your plant babies not getting enough light in a dark corner, just go fake instead. 

6. Set up a mini work space

Home Office Makeover

(Image credit: Alisa Bovino, A Glass of Bovino)

If you haven't been blessed with a home office, you might have spent the majority of last year trying to 'carve-out' a WFH space in your existing rooms. The corner of a living room can lend itself to be a little workstation for when the soft office (a.k.a your bed or the sofa) just won't do any longer. Pop a small desk with a sensible lamp to work by and voila. You could even just wall mount a shelf you can perch your laptop on and add a corkboard to make the space feel more... work-like. 

Just be sure you pick up one of the best office chairs to go in your set up, your back will thank you. 

7.  Add in some extra storage

Ann Kronheimer’s garden studio in Stoke Newington is the perfect artistic hideaway for the illustrator

(Image credit: Chris Snook)

Corner floating shelves are a great way to add some extra storage into your living room but they also look so lovely and bring in loads of color and texture. You're also saving that valuable floor space by wall-mounting your storage rather than going for a cabinet – but we do love the addition of a small bench in this living room corner too, a very cute idea if you have got the room.

8. Create a home bar

At home bar with black panelling

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And our personal favorite way to make use of an awkward living room corner –  a dry bar.  This gorgeous example is not only is stocked with delicious-looking drinks, it also fits so seamlessly into the space. You could quite easily DIY a similar bar if your skills are up to scratch and paint to match your home.  Don't forget to wall mount a couple of shelves too to display your prettiest drink bottles. 

Take a full tour of this stylish home for plenty more inspiration. 

9. Lean a large mirror

It's design 101 that mirrors expand a space, so it makes sense to use them in the darker corners of your living room. They create the optical allusion that the room goes on beyond the mirror, so can really expand a corner area. We love the laid back look of a large leaning mirror, great if you are renting too so can't go hammering nails into the wall. 

10. Add extra coziness with floor cushions

basement living room by Interior Fox

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If your living room really is so on the small side it basically is just one big collection of corners, enhance that coziness by creating almost a grown-up den-like vibe. Floor cushions might sound a bit hippy-esque, but just check out how stylish they can be. They work perfectly in this corner space, especially as this room has low ceilings too. Add a cozy, warm wall light to the corner and pile up the soft furnishings to create the perfect area to chill out and watch movies. 

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.