Alcoves can feel like an awkward design feature, but they can be turned into some of the most stylish parts of a room. Alcoves can seem like a design head-scratcher at first, but with the right ideas they can be transformed into some of the most wonderful spaces in your home. Awkward alcoves can seem to be the biggest headache when it comes to styling – but these game-changing ideas will instantly transform them into beautiful features. Whether they are an extra recess next to a fireplace or a space in the bedroom, there is always something you can do to turn them into a focal point.
With your creativity, you can turn it into functional space, from multi-functioning WFH spaces to cozy reading nooks. But before you use your alcove for something, you need to upgrade your alcove to make it more attractive and complete the rest of your home decor.
Alcoves can feel like an awkward design feature, but they can be turned into some of the most stylish parts of a room. Paint your walls, shelves, and cabinets one colour to enhance the sense of a clean line between the wall and the shelving, as seen here in this living room idea. A neutral shade like plaster pink works well and is a warm alternative to white shelving.
Invest in some shelving
Using shelving to fill an alcove is a classic way of making a practical space more stylish.Fill them with books, plants, ornaments, vases or other decorative items and you’ve got a nice feature piece for the room. Vary the heights of your items to keep the eye moving around and a mix of shapes adds interest too. Choose a simple, bright white finish for your shelving to create a modern look and help the space feel bigger. Painting the walls, shelves and cabinets the same colour also gives a seamless finish. If you’re storing larger items in your alcove, ask a carpenter to install bespoke shelving to fit the space. These flat-fronted cupboards look crisp and modern, and make the most of a small alcove space.
Older properties can come with all sorts of quirky shapes and sizes in their alcoves. If you have an oddly shaped alcove try using wallpaper to camouflage it. A patterned paper like this retro print works well in the space and distracts the eye from the different depths of the wall. It will add statement to your alcove. Wallpaper is another fantastic way of turning an alcove into a standout feature in a room. This works especially well for symmetrical alcoves as it creates a focal point that draws the eye and stops the shelving and walls from looking broken up.
If you have an alcove that doesn’t quite fit a piece of furniture then framing it with a picture wall is a smart solution. The framed pictures inject personality into the room and can be easily switched up when you want to change things up – or even for special occasions. You can also use the wall space in an alcove to display a collection of smaller items like ornaments or pictures. Try choosing a similar colour to the walls for a seamless look, or use contrasting colours for a bolder look.
Alcove usually gets little light in your home either naturally or from lighting fixtures. To enhance the look of your alcove, you can add lights to the area. You can use table lamps or floor lamps to enhance the lighting and look of your alcove. You can also combine it with wall lights to create additional ambient light.