Negative spaces are the bane of every designer’s existence. They leech the productivity out of the spaces and makes them feel unbalanced. If your home is suffering from these, then here are 5 innovative ways you can get rid of them:
1. The large expanse
Very often – especially in homes that feature an open-floor plan – there are large expanses of un-utilized space that can seem like negative areas if you do not dress them right. The best way to do that is by setting up floor boundaries. You can furnish them with customized floor patterns to that they don’t look empty, but if that busts your budget, you can simply go for large area rugs for the same effect.
2. Counter-balancing with large furniture
When you have a large expanse of a space that seems like it has no purpose at all, you can simply balance it out by furnishing it with oversized furniture. This helps harmonize the scale of the space while making it seem functional. A large dining area with a statement light fixture hanging on top of it or an enormous L-sectional in the center of the living room is good example.
3. Carpentry heals all
When you’ve got a lot of negative space that has no real functional value, you can simply spruce it up with some customized carpentry to heal some of its redundancy. For example, if there’s a corner or a wall that feels too empty and purposeless, you can simply have a cabinet or feature-length shelf designed on top of it to make it seem like it has some pragmatic value.
4. Make them purposeful
Many times, you can simply introduce an activity in these negative spaces – especially when they’re medium sized alcoves or nooks – and make them functional again. A small study desk or an art workshop beside your living rooms is just as good as any decorative feature is ever going to be.
5. Accessories and accent pieces
A lot of the time, all you need is small accessories and bite-sized accent pieces to get rid of the starkness of a negative space. A small end table with lots of trinkets, artfully scattered floor cushions, an accent chair, a corner fireplace mantle, or even a floor lamp are a great way to get started with this technique.