The living room is generally the most frequented room in a home and for good reason; family and friends gather in the living room to socialize and relax. Thus, it’s important to maximize a living room’s space with unique decor, taking full advantage of the square footage at your disposal. The corners of a living room are often underutilized, but they present the greatest opportunity in regard to boosting the room’s aesthetic and functionality.
But how exactly should you use the corner of the living room? This decision can be daunting given the sheer number of possibilities. What’s more, it can be difficult to decide what size furniture or decor to place in the corner of the room; if the decor is too small it will look out of place, and if it’s too large, it will take up valuable floor space.
But don’t worry because we created a guide that will give you some creative inspiration to make the most of the corner of your living room. Without further ado, take a look at these 17 living room corner ideas.
1. Cozy Reading Nook
The corner of this living room has been conveniently converted into a cozy reading nook. A comfortable chair and ottoman sit underneath a sizeable window that lets in plenty of natural light for reading. The recessed bookshelf is perfect for maximizing space in the room while also providing ample storage.
If you have an awkward-shaped nook that you don’t know how to decorate, look no further than using it as a reading nook. A warm-lighting lamp would provide the perfect ambiance no matter the season or time of day.
2. Perfectly Sized Bookshelf
When you don’t quite know how to fill the space in the corner of the living room, a bookshelf is always a great option. This bookshelf sits neatly in the corner of the room, and its color and style add to the room’s aesthetic. What’s more, a bookshelf is the perfect place to house additional pieces of decor.
While you can certainly find a bookshelf that fits into tight areas, you could also build your own custom bookshelf. Custom pieces ensure that you maximize the room that you have available.
This bookshelf has numerous cubbies to house books, decor, and other miscellaneous items. Consider adding this excellent piece of furniture to the corner of your living room.
3. Mid-Century Modern Armchair
You can never go wrong with a retro armchair in the corner of the living room. There is such a wide variety of styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find a style that suits your home. Additionally, a chair in the corner of the living room provides additional seating, and it makes for a cozy reading spot.
You can place a small end table or sofa table next to it for extra room for decor, plants, a lamp, and anything else you see fit for the space.
This retro armchair not only makes for great additional seating but it adds unmatched aesthetic value to your living room. Its size makes it perfect for the corner of a living room.
4. Petite Workspace
If you do a lot of work from home, consider using the corner of the living room for a petite workspace. In this living room, the workspace is tucked away just enough to provide some privacy while still remaining a part of the surrounding space. Utilize a narrow shelf behind the desk for additional room for decor and other necessary storage. And what’s even better is that the desk chair can serve as additional seating when you absolutely need it.
And if you want to add more decorations to the room by making use of your desktop, you’ll enjoy this article: How To Decorate Your Desk [7 Awesome Suggestions]
5. Angled TV
When in doubt, a TV makes an exceptional living room corner accessory. In fact, angling the TV in the corner will make it easier to see the screen, something that family and friends are sure to appreciate. Placing the TV in the corner also allows for other items to serve as a focal point in the living room. Whether the focal piece is a fireplace or a stunning piece of art, an angled TV in the corner is a good fit for this setup.
If you want more ideas for TV placement in the living room, check out this post: Where To Place The TV In A Living Room?
This TV stand is the perfect size for the corner of the living room; it’s wide enough to provide storage space for TV-related essentials while not taking up too much unnecessary space.
6. Well-Placed Sectional
If your living room is in need of additional seating, consider placing a sectional in the corner. Placing an L-shaped sectional like this one in the corner maximizes the available floor space, and it certainly makes the room cozier. A large sectional in a room also minimizes the need for figuring out what else to place in an awkward space.
Sectionals are practically built for corner spaces anyway, so indulge the room design with this fabulous piece of furniture. And lucky for you, sectionals come in all kinds of colors, materials, and configurations. This will make it rather easy for you to find just the right one for your desired aesthetic.
7. Firewood Storage
These homeowners have converted the corner of the living room into a firewood storage area. With this setup, you won’t have to walk far to add more wood to the fire. This living room corner idea is modern and sleek yet highly functional. What’s more, you can still use some of the space to display statues or any other pieces of decor.
8. Plant Palace
If you’re a plant person, consider using the corner of the living room to show off your houseplants. Houseplants help purify the inside air, so what better place to put them than the living room? And if that wasn’t enough, houseplants will literally add a sense of vitality to your space.
Your houseplants need light, so if your living room receives valuable sunlight, then you should utilize it. Incorporate plant stands, shelves, and even hanging baskets in a well-lit living room corner to turn your place into a plant wonderland. Add in a cozy pouf and a rug to make the corner look even more inviting.
9. Electric Fireplace
Electric fireplaces have grown in popularity over the years and for good reason. They are an excellent living room addition, especially for the corner of a living room. A small electric fireplace sits in the corner of this living room, enhancing the aesthetic, providing functionality, and bringing visual balance to the room.
Fireplaces have become more affordable than ever before with a wide range of attributes, so don’t miss out. The value one brings to the room will be treasured.
10. Murphy Bed, Anyone?
Murphy beds have become a coveted piece of furniture, and it’s not hard to see why. When not in use, these beds simply fold up into the wall. Out of sight out of mind, right? Adding one of these beds to the corner of the living room is an excellent idea; it will provide plenty of functionality, and nobody will even know it’s there until it’s needed. A murphy bed works exceptionally well in small spaces.
11. Shaken, Not Stirred – Bar Cart
The corner of the living room is the perfect place to house a bar cart, especially one that rolls. A rolling bar cart makes an excellent addition to the corner of the living room. When you entertain, simply roll it out and serve your guests some refreshments. And even when you aren’t entertaining, a well-stocked bar cart makes for a great piece of decor in itself.
This rolling bar cart is perfect for the corner of any living room. With its silver color, it’ll suit virtually any space. A cart like this one is great for any entertaining occasion.
12. Makeshift Play Area
With little ones in the house, you’ll want to create a functional play area. Creating one in the living room, namely in the corner, allows you to maximize the space in the room. Enjoy the normal benefits of a living room plus the functionality of a nearby play area for the kiddos.
The play area doesn’t have to clash with the rest of your style; with colors and accessories like these, the play area can seamlessly blend with the surrounding aesthetic. The foam mat can also be easily stored away when not in use.
13. Christmas Tree Corner
When the winter holidays come around, you’ll need a spot for your Christmas tree! The corner of the living room is one of the best locations for your festive tree. It’s tucked out of the way of the flow of traffic, yet still accessible. Pile up the gifts around it and enjoy the beautiful look of your tree.
14. A Pianist’s Dream
Got any musicians in the family? Or maybe a family heirloom in the form of a piano? There’s no better place than the corner of your living room to place your piano (or even other musical instruments). A piano is a timeless piece of decor that brings any space to life. And if there’s a talented pianist in the home, the piano will be in a convenient place to play for everyone to hear.
15. Corner Gallery Wall
A gallery wall is a stunning way to show off your favorite artwork and photos. However, when most people think of a gallery wall, they envision it taking up a broad wall with plenty of space. Re-imagine the classic gallery wall in order to create a space-saving corner gallery.
Whether you hang up family portraits, curated paintings, or anything in between, make this space your own and let your personality shine through your selections.
16. Simple Lighting
Sometimes simple things look phenomenal in the corner of the living room. Depending on the style of your home, a humble floor lamp can be just the decor you’re looking for. If your living room exudes minimalist vibes, a simple lamp will work wonders to spruce up the aesthetic.
This brass mid-century modern floor lamp will suit the aesthetic of virtually any space.
17. Artsy Design
Take advantage of good lighting in the corner and prop up your art easel. If you’re the creative type, a simple art easel will certainly boost the look of your living room. And when you’re feeling creative, your canvas is right there for you to work on. If your creativity is at a standstill, then simply use the easel to display one of your prized pieces.
This wooden art easel is the perfect size for the corner of a living room. It has a timeless, classic look that will suit any living room with a creative vibe.
We hope this guide has given you the creative inspiration to boost the look and function of your living room by utilizing the space in the corners. From reading nooks to stylish gallery walls, there’s something for everyone’s personal taste. But before you go, be sure to take a look at these other living room guides that might be of interest to you: