Save my home… there are awkward corners I can’t design!

Have a home with tight corridors, sloped ceilings or even structural pillars randomly planted around, that make you wonder if you’re in a maze, not a home?

‘What kind of smart alec would even design such a house?!’, you might have wondered.

Interior Designer: Nguyen Thi Thu Huong

Don’t worry, you are not alone. Such awkward corners are fairly common. Maybe they were built for practical structural reasons or maybe the building designer was simply just a big troll looking for some fun.

But, even if you can’t do away with these odd spaces, don’t give up yet. There are still ways to design your space beautifully around them. Here’s how!

Interior Designer: Maryna Vaseiko

That corridor so tight you get claustrophobic

With limited land space in Singapore, it’s fast becoming a common sight to see walkways at home becoming smaller and shorter. But, don’t we all hate how these tight corridors make us feel so restrained and trapped?

So, claustrophics, this one’s for you. Here’s how you can deal with tight corridors, so you can feel carefree at home again.

How to design around it:

One of the most common ways people make do with tight spaces is to make the space feel brighter and airier by using lighter colours for the interior design. This also include using white light instead of a warmer tone. But in doing so, be careful not to make the place too white such that the home feels cold, bare and boring. Having a tinge of warmer colours is still good to make the place seem cozier.

Other tricks include using mirrors to make the space seem twice as big, or, making use of good storage solutions to hide away all the clutter.

Interior Designer: Phuoc Cong Truong

Also, you would want to have as much negative space as possible so that your space looks less cluttered. So, avoid false ceilings or wall partitions that will only make your space look even smaller. If you really need the space to be divided, make use of mobile partitions, like curtains that’ll allow you to keep the space open, when needed.

That ceiling slope that you always bang your head against

With the inconsistent heights, ceiling slopes are one of the hardest to deal with. They make the space below the ceiling look especially smaller. And, to our tall comrades, if you’re not mindful enough, you can easily end up banging your head here and there, with the uneven ceiling height. So, here’s how to make the best it!

How to design around it:

When it comes to sloped ceiling, choosing the right type of lighting is crucial. Because of the inconsistent height of the ceiling, it’s best to avoid down lights. As they can only be fixed rigidly onto the varying heights of the ceiling, they unfortunately accentuate the unevenness of the room height.

Instead, you could make use of hanging lights to give the space a balanced lighting.

Interior Designer: Nemanja Topic

That weird-angled wall that’s just wasting space

Curvy or sharp-angled buildings may look chic on the outside, but they are sure to cause a headache to the ones living inside.  One, it’s tough finding curvy furniture that fits nicely into the curvature of the building. Two, it’s even tougher trying to fit something into that weirdly-shaped corner. So, what can we do to avoid wasting space?

How to design around it:

The best way to make use of weird-angled walls is to convert the odd space into usable space. For instance, if you have a v-shaped corner, you could make use of the two adjacent walls to add in your very own wall shelf.

Or, you could also make use of furnishings to soften the look of the odd living space. Simply line the furniture against the walls or place it right at the center, so that the attention will be on the real interior design and not the slanted walls.

Interior Designer: Maryna Vaseiko

That random structural pillar that’s blocking you

So, you’ve tried whatever you can to hack down that awkward pillar that’s blocking the clear walkway at home. But the building managers are just not having it. No, they are never gonna let you hack down that structurally critical pillar. So, how can you turn that pillar from a hindrance to a feature wall?

How to design around it:

When you have a wall or pillar that’s really sticking out of nowhere, you can either let it blend into the rest of the home’s interior design, or let it stand out even more, so much so that it becomes a masterpiece itself.

To blend the awkward wall or pillar into the rest of the home’s interior design, simply ensure that the colour of the wall blends in well with the rest of the space.

Interior Designer: Yulia Vishnya

For instance, if you have a bomb shelter door at home that is really sticking out hideously, you could blend it well with the rest of the living room by either pasting over a wall decal, or lining the bomb shelter wall with a wall partition. 

But, adventurous folks, you can also choose not to hide the odd pillar, and instead turn it into a feature wall, or give the wall a purpose, say, by adding in shelves!

Designer: Iryna Habaruk

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