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How to Make The Most of Awkward-Shaped Room Layout

July 9, 2020
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Generally, houses have rooms that are either rectangular or square in shape. But occasionally, you will come across oddly shaped rooms that come with low sloped ceilings or unusual angles.

If you are dealing with an oddly shaped room in your home, don’t panic! Truth is, those awkward spaces aren't as big of design challenges as you imagine. With thorough and thoughtful planning, you can turn even the trickiest room layouts into a comfortably streamlined space.

Araville by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

To help make the most out of your space, here are some useful tips for decorating those awkward spaces.

1. Segment the room

If your living room is oddly shaped, all you need to do is break it down into segments and then arrange the furniture in each area appropriately.

BU9, Petaling Jaya by Muse Design Group Sdn Bhd

For example, you could put a sofa and TV in one part of the room, while placing a dining table in another as seen in this 3-bedroom residence in Petaling Jaya. You can use different types of furnishings to create a clear distinction between each area while utilising the space wisely.

BU9, Petaling Jaya by Muse Design Group Sdn Bhd

2. Fill the unused space with custom furniture

One of the easiest ways to deal with an oddly shaped room is to fill those spaces with built-ins. Take design inspiration from this minimalist home where Pocket Square turned this oddly shaped room into a functional space for working or studying with custom-built desks, drawers and cabinets.

Araville by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

Meanwhile, the light timber flooring and ample overhead lighting in all areas of the room make the space feel more open and unified, besides helping to distract eyes from the irregular shaped room.

Araville by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

3. Create the illusion of symmetry with mirrors

If you’re decorating a living room that is asymmetrical, then try to create the illusion of symmetry with mirrors. Large mirrors, like the floor to ceiling mirror, not only visually expand the size of an area but it also balances out the shape of the room.

Waldorf Tower, Mont Kiara by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd

Take design cues from this living room where the floor to ceiling mirror helps to add dimension and immediately take your eyes off the angled walls.

4. Turn the dead space into something useful

If you are dealing with a narrow corner or nook in your bedroom, you can turn that awkward area into something useful like a pet's bedroom or a mini-study area that doesn't require big furniture pieces.

Kelana Jaya by Haven Interior & Construction Sdn Bhd

Take design inspiration from this landed home where Haven Interior & Construction turned the little nook in the bedroom into a practical area by installing a built-in dressing table complete with a set of lights. The designer also ties the bedroom together with a calming turquoise shade.

Kelana Jaya by Haven Interior & Construction Sdn Bhd

5. Balance the room with earth tones

An awkwardly shaped bedroom can be baffling to decorate, but no space is ever too difficult to tackle. To take your focus away from an oddly shaped bedroom, try decorating your room with earth tones such as beige, grey, black and dark blue to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

Regency Height Penthouse, Bayan Lepas Penang by Nevermore Group

Interior Firm: Nevermore Group

Here, Nevermore Group sets the walls with low profile nude colour to make the odd shape room look less obvious. The designer also installed a minimalist dressing table and mirror on the asymmetrical section of the bedroom to help keep the space looking balanced and neat.

Regency Height Penthouse, Bayan Lepas Penang by Nevermore Group

Interior Firm: Nevermore Group


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