10 Clever Ways to Decorate a Corner in a Living Room

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Are you looking for some inspiration to fill that awkward, empty corner in your home? I’ve got you covered! Today I’m sharing how to decorate a corner in a living room… 10 different ways!

I’ve been styling interiors for a long time now and there’s one spot that always seems to be a challenge: those pesky living room corners! When left empty, they can look barren and uninviting. If too full, they can make your whole home look cluttered. They’re not big enough for a giant piece of furniture, but they’re usually too large for a small decor piece. Here are some ideas I’ve come up with for how to decorate a corner in a living room.

Floor Lamp

A stylish floor lamp can be both practical and decorative. It’s the perfect addition to an empty living room corner. A unique lamp can add beauty to your corner and bring some much-needed light to the room. I always love a statement floor lamp by the sofa, and something with a large arched arm can fill up an empty corner space nicely.

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Creating a gallery wall or adding a large piece of framed art is a great way to fill an empty corner. It can add so much personality to your living room! Choose a collection of favorite art pieces, family photos, or a mix, and create a gallery that reflects your style. You can frame them in different sizes or colors, and don’t be afraid to mix and match picture frames. If you don’t like the look of a gallery wall, a large piece of artwork is another good option. Don’t be afraid to fill a good portion of the wall with the frame. Bigger is often better when it comes to statement art!

Reading Nook

Transforming a corner into a comfy reading nook can be the perfect way to create a cozy vibe in your living room. Choose a comfortable chair, add a small side table or console table, and add a blanket basket nearby. We added a reading nook like this to our Little Lake House living room corner, and our guests love it. For this one, we used an outdoor egg style chair from Walmart paired with an air purifier table from IKEA. With some DIY cushions to complete the look, it’s a practical and comfy combo! A cozy reading nook can also double as a mini home office if you can find a little table that can slide right up to the chair. Doesn’t that sounds like the best kind of workspace?!

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Picture Ledges

Picture ledges are an excellent way to add some visual interest to an awkward corner in your living room. These shelves can be used to display art, or you can use them to hold books or small decorative items. I love the IKEA MOSSLANDA picture ledges because they aren’t as deep as a typical corner shelf making them idea for small spaces. They can be a practical solution too. We used some in my brother’s condo living room to hid his thermostat behind some art!

Indoor Plants

Adding some greenery to your living room is a great way to bring nature in and create a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. A tall plant in a decorative pot can be an excellent addition to a corner, or you can create a mini indoor garden on a small table or stool. I always recommend live plants if you have the space and time for them. However, there are some beautiful faux plants on the market like these faux olive trees. Whether they’re real or faux – the addition of greenery in your space will always make it look more inviting.

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Accent Chair

Adding an accent chair to a corner in your living room can provide additional seating, making your room feel more comfortable and accommodating. Choose a unique design that complements your existing space and adds some texture and color to the corner. Don’t forget to measure your corner and choose an appropriately sized chair. Some corners may only be able to accommodate an apartment sized chair, while others may be able to take an oversized chaise lounge. I always love a good accent chair that truly displays your personality! Add a couple of fun pillows and your corner comes to life.

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Bar Cart

If you love entertaining guests, a bar cart in a living room corner can be a functional and visually appealing addition. Display your favorite spirits, glassware, and cocktail accessories, and transform the cart into a stylish and inviting mini bar. Alternatively, you can use a bar cart to create a mobile coffee station. I’ve done that in our living room, and it turned out beautifully! Click here to see my bar cart coffee station.

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Mirrors can be beautiful way to create the illusion of space in a small living room. A large mirror in a lovely frame can be an attractive feature that adds depth, reflects light, and complements the rest of your decor. It’s a corner decoration idea that I’ve used a few times in room makeovers. You can never go wrong with an extra mirror in your space! I often default to mirrors as wall decor, and there’s a mirror out there for every home decor style.

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A little corner fireplace can be a wonderful addition to your living room. And for this living room corner idea, you don’t need to do any major renovations! There are lots of beautiful electric fireplaces on the market that are built especially for corners. We put a small electric fireplace that looks like a vintage wood stove in the corner of our Tiny Lake House living room. It acts as a heater for the space, and it adds a focal point to the room.

Storage Cabinet

If you have kids with lots of toys, or if you simply want extra storage space, adding a storage cabinet to a room corner is a great solution. I’ve done this with a couple of different IKEA cabinets – the PAX wardrobes and the HAVSTA cabinets. Either can butt up right against a corner wall, and makes that empty space so much more useable. You can store anything and everything inside cabinets like this. Both have the option to install bookshelves, and I find a closed cabinet has a much tidier look than open shelving for storage.

Whether you choose to create a gallery wall, a reading nook, or a storage area, I hope you enjoyed these decor ideas to make the most of your corner. With a little imagination and some decorative items, you can add functionality, style, and beauty to your living room!

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