Stylish Solutions for Awkward Spaces

In case you haven't heard, awkward is the new cool. Embrace that small corner, uneven nook, or shallow mantel with these stylish tricks that will make you wish you thought of them sooner.

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  • Behind a Door

    A door can't be open all the time. Deck the wall behind it with a short console table and tall mirror for an entryway you can't help but check out.

  • A Small Corner

    Who cares what's around the corner when the corner looks this good? Hanging lanterns and indoor shrubs redefine a coat rack (and garden, too!).

  • Under a Staircase

    The space beneath a staircase doesn't have to be scary. Make it feel inviting with a mod sign and matching bench. Just be sure to keep the area clutter-free.

  • Above a Radiator

    A radiator doesn't have to be that creaky old thing you try to ignore. Cover one with vented woodwork, then spruce it up with vases, artwork, and practical hooks. A pretty glass pendant further showcases the often overlooked space.

  • In a Nook

    Stuck on how to style that awkward space between two walls? A tight nook is the perfect place to set up an office, and thanks to personalized wallpaper, a small desk, and vintage hanging storage, it might just be your new happy place.

  • Maximize a Small Nook

    Have a small nook you aren't sure what to do with? Try these smart ideas.

  • Above Cabinetry

    Kitchen counters need a perk-up? Look to the space above or between cabinetry. High shelves in a matching color scheme let you show off your snazziest dishware while keeping counters clutter-free.

  • Small Walls

    Make a miniscule wall noteworthy with a chalkboard and motivational artwork. Crates and baskets keep shoes organized beneath a small console table. Bonus: Peonies make everything prettier.

  • Beneath Open Sinks

    No bathroom cabinets? No problem. Fill basic woven baskets with all the essential toiletries for a tidy way to save space. Toilet paper and towels have never looked better.

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    Above a Laundry Machine

    Even your laundry room can be stylish, thanks to spiffy shelves and a fresh, flowery countertop. Wire and wicker bins organize cleaning supplies, while motivational wall art makes laundry just a little less tedious.

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    A Cramped Mudroom

    Who says a mudroom has to be a sidenote? Shelves filled with baking essentials pull double-duty as a pantry. Cute fuzzy stools and a floral chandelier keep you coming back for more.

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    Narrow Hallway

    Play up a skinny hallway with chalkboard art that runs from end to end. Sweet messages carry you from one room to the next. A rustic barn door on a track connects to additional areas while keeping a long hallway functional.

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    Shallow Mantel

    A shallow mantel can seem useless when half your decor doesn't fit. Fear not, thanks to ultra-thin frames. Fill them with your favorite photographs to make your fireplace even more prominent.

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    Around Wiring

    When it comes to pesky exposed electrical work, be like Dory and go through the trench, not around it. A thin picture board fits snugly behind electrical wiring and looks right at home when adorned with calendars, pictures, and recipes.

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    Nonexistent Entryway

    If your home isn't outfitted with the perfect entryway -- or any entryway at all -- build it yourself. Define the space with a rug, then add hooks and a bench to give purpose to a nearby wall.

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    3 Must-See Tricks for Small Spaces

    Learn how to make the most of a little room with these can't-believe-it ideas.

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    Small Landing

    Your landing might be small, but its level of style can be far from it. A glitzy gold chair and animal-print pillow says all eyes on me, while a matching wall color and rug tie the space together.

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    Under Tall Windows

    Tall windows are big and beautiful, but they can be totally annoying when it comes to decorating. Low benches put the spotlight on large windows and offer a prime spot for daydreaming.

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    Small Kitchen Wall

    Stacks on stacks of shelves are pretty and fun to fill, plus they perk up your kitchen! Use them to stash spare cook books, dishware, or collectibles.

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    Long Entryway

    Evenly spaced hooks and an ultra comfy bench cushion make this once-crammed entryway open and inviting. Bins beneath the built-in bench provide hidden storage, while a wall of wainscoting gives the area upscale style.

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    Behind a Sofa

    Two is always better than one. Split a large living room in half by placing a tall table behind a sofa. Use baskets to store odds and ends beneath the console. Bonus: A lamp creates an extra barrier and additional light!

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    Beside Built-Ins

    Built-ins can be tricky to design around. A reading chair makes cozy and convenient seating in front of a built-in -- you don't have to reach far for a book! Mount artwork above the furniture to define the space.

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    Diagonal Wall

    Let no wall go unnoticed with eclectic framed art. A culinary print gives this kitchen a light, whimsical feel.

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