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What to Do With Awkward Spaces in Your Albuquerque Home

Even though most areas of your Albuquerque home can be clearly defined, it’s possible to have at least one zone that is off-center. The space may be either too narrow to serve a purpose or awkwardly shaped.

We all have uncoordinated corners, crannies, and intersections in our homes. Whether you are a homeowner, apartment renter, or a resident of a green building, these concerns can apply to you. 

Many fixes can be found for cramped areas, which are also among the most common design problems experienced by home renovators. Growing populations and shrinking house floor plans require home builders to utilize innovation in architecture and décor to maximize a property’s layout. 

In compact spaces, a problematic floor plan often creates challenges that require a creative, strategic approach to achieve that cozy feeling.

Here are some tips and tricks for transforming unflattering areas in your home with décor.

The space below the staircase

Staircases often create a rigid void below them that is hard to design, as neither furniture nor people are able to “breathe” in there. With the help of bespoke storage cabinets, that angled corner can be transformed into a secret storage space. Incorporate an artful Japanese interior design into this area, or enclose and install doors so that the room resembles a crawlspace.

The hallway corners

If your front door opens directly into your living room, or if your hallway serves no purpose at all, consider transforming it into a mudroom. Items such as coats, umbrellas, footwear, car keys, and watches can be deposited here when leaving the house. 

Organize your belongings with shelves, cubbies, and hooks to prevent misplacing things and to make this space more efficient.

Bay window area or alcove

It is possible that you have a cutout or corner in your home that is unsuitable for other purposes but appears too small for its own purpose. Your family may benefit from converting these spaces into more useful ones.

Considering that many people now take classes and work from home, you may want to design a desk space with a table and bookshelves in a nook or bay window. You can also think about building a simple recreation area or a mini library.

Spare closet

You can still use shallow and compact closets for other purposes even though they have limited storage capacity. One option is to install a sturdy piece of wood at table height to serve as computer furniture. Then you can experiment adding shelves above for storage to create a mini home workspace. 

Try placing some sconces to illuminate the space. Also, opt for sliding doors that stay flush with the wall to maximize the room.

Behind doors

When closed, the area behind your front door might look empty and unappealing. To fill the open area elegantly, place a stylish mirror and a console table behind the door. The space may also be a place for doing last touch-ups before heading out or a place to put your keys and wallet when you enter the house.

Mini walls

You can make a little wall stand out by adding a board and some inspirational artwork. Painting a wall with chalkboard paint and adding a shelf below will create a huge message board. While you’re at it, you can also store shoes in decorative crates and baskets.

Vague entryway

Create the perfect doorway for your property if it lacks one. To give relevance to the adjacent wall, add racks and a chair after edging the space with a mat or carpet. With an embellished or slate wall finish, your one-wall mudroom will stand out.

Kitchen walls

In a kitchen primarily covered with cabinets, a modest span of blank walls might seem odd and out of place. Stack floating open shelves to maximize the available space. Additionally, they can be used to store extra kitchenware, keepsakes, or cookbooks.

Tap Into Your Creative Side

Avoid feeling stuck or unsatisfied in awkward areas of your house. There are many ways to fill those gaps. These are just a few examples. Decorate your house with interesting decorations such as plants, paintings, art pieces, and more. Be creative, experiment with ideas, apply your unique style, and have fun decorating.


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