6 Small-Scale Decorating Ideas for Empty Corner Spaces

We’ve all had it happen to us at one time or another.  We finally get a room furnished and think it’s “done” and then it happens…that lonely and empty corner catches our eye and suddenly, looks as if it needs to be filled!  It always seems that once a room is furnished, it’s the blank spaces that grab our attention.  Sometimes empty corners are necessary to give our eyes a break and keep the room from feeling too crowded, but other times, they just feel…well…empty.  Even if you don’t have room to fill the corner with a large piece of furniture, there are still ways to decorate it on a smaller scale so that it looks complete, but without taking up too much space.




Here are 6 small-scale ideas for decorating these corner spaces to make them feel more connected to the rest of the room.



1. Plants

A tall houseplant is an easy way to fill the void while adding a great organic shape to a room!

{Designer David Lawrence's home via Habitually Chic}

{Designer David Lawrence’s home via Habitually Chic}


Alternatively, a grouping of smaller houseplants fills the void equally well.

{via Pinterest}

{via Ashlee Raubach Pinterest}



2. Ladders

Another easy, but often more rustic looking idea is to prop a latter in the corner.  It adds height and texture but doesn’t have a lot of visual weight and so fills the space without overpowering it.

Here’s a look at the old orchard ladder I have in my family room corner.  It’s obviously dressed up as an advent calendar for the holidays in this photo, but it otherwise holds a small selection of grain sacks.



If you have a little more space, you can open up the ladder and use the rungs as display shelves.



3. Shelves

Corner wall shelving is a great solution for adding storage and/or display to a room.  If you want to minimize the look of it and keep it from adding too much visual weight, consider painting the shelving the same color as the wall, as shown below.


Alternatively, you can make more of a statement with your shelving by using a contrasting color and/or staggering the shelves for a more eclectic look.



4. Chair

If you have the space, a reading nook always looks great tucked away in the corner, but if not, even just a small side chair can help fill the void!

{via Pinterest}

{via Pinterest}


A hanging chair is another great option because it allows for a bit of fun and whimsy, but keeps the floor space open which helps to give a more open feeling to the corner in general.



5. Art

Art is a great option for filling an empty corner because it adds a lot of visual interest and provides a focal point, but without taking up any floor space.  Below, a picture rail has been used to add character and charm!


These vertical frames continue the linear look of the space but help to visually break it up a bit.



Any who says that art has to actually hang on the wall?  Here, it has been simply leaned and layered against the wall for a casual look.



6. Small Vignette

A small grouping of objects {known as a vignette} is another great way to add character to an otherwise, unused space.  A vignette is a great way to show off objects you love and helps to pull the entire space together.




There are lots of other options that you can consider – oversize lamps, small tables, dress forms, corner cabinets – but whatever you choose, just make sure that it coordinates with the rest of your decor so that it doesn’t look like an afterthought, even if it was!


Happy Saturday!



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22 comments on 6 Small-Scale Decorating Ideas for Empty Corner Spaces

  1. Patty
    May 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM (2 years ago)

    Your pictures are not coming through. Am I the only one?

    • Tidbits&Twine
      May 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM (2 years ago)

      Oh dear!! Are you using a computer or mobile device and what web browser? Knowing this info will help me track down if there is a bug that is causing an issue for some. Thank you for letting me know!

  2. Pat
    May 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM (2 years ago)

    I’m getting the pictures just fine using Internet Explorer as browser. They are beautiful photos so I hope everyone is able to see them.

  3. Patricia Krank
    May 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM (2 years ago)

    Great ideas Kim! Thanks for sharing. Re-pinning for sure!

    • Tidbits&Twine
      June 1, 2015 at 7:25 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Patti!!

  4. GlamistaHome-Dagmara
    June 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM (2 years ago)

    Love these pretty ideas, my favorite is that pretty vignette.

  5. Rachel Severns
    September 16, 2015 at 2:12 PM (2 years ago)

    Great post! I’d love to know where the planters in the Ashlee Raubach photo come from but the link isn’t working… Would you please send it to me? Thank you!

    • Sierra
      January 23, 2016 at 7:36 PM (2 years ago)

      I love the planters. I am also looking for them. Any ideas?

    • Rachel Severns
      January 30, 2016 at 8:45 AM (2 years ago)

      Hello, are you still here? Would you please help us find the planters? Thank you!!

    • Joyce
      August 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM (1 year ago)

      Where can I get those three planters

    • Maggie
      September 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM (1 year ago)

      Same here!!

  6. Meagen
    February 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM (2 years ago)

    I was also just wondering where you got those three planters? Gorgeous!

  7. Sandra
    November 26, 2016 at 6:22 PM (10 months ago)

    Love these 3 planters on stands. Can yoy share where these can be purchased? Thanks.

    • Amy
      November 27, 2016 at 5:45 AM (10 months ago)

      They are called Wise Egg planters, google search shows different sellers, $459-550 EACH. I’m so bummed that are that expensive

      • Deb
        July 9, 2017 at 11:24 AM (3 months ago)

        West Elm has similar planters but in only two sizes medium and large $139- $179


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