Make an Odd Space Work: Transform a Room with Interior Design Tips

Feng shui and interior design expert Jami Lin offers practical tips for turning an odd nook into a useful room.


| November/December 2010


Q: We aren’t sure what to do with the odd space between our living area and eat-in kitchen. We need a place where Joe can play music, and we have a lot of books. 
Joe and Sarah Rainsberger, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Joe and Sarah's house reminds me of a French château where, before electricity, large picture windows along exterior corridors afforded maximum natural light. Between the foyer/living room area and the eat-in kitchen, this odd space is difficult for Joe and Sarah to define, but they have temporarily placed Joe’s electric organ here. In keeping with the romantic château ambience, we will transform the space into a music room/library where Joe can play while Sarah listens, reads or works.

Basically a corridor between the foyer and kitchen, the room has two definitive areas: the music station and the listening area. The two can be unified by color palette and design. A combination of ambient and task lighting would offer flexibility.

To create the listening area, Joe and Sarah might nestle a comfortable chaise, positioned on a diagonal, and an upwardfacing torchiere into the corner. Next to the chaise, a Parsonsstyle sofa table covered with a fabric runner can provide a spot for a reading lamp and a plant or accessory. To avoid blocking the room’s working radiator, hindering efficiency, they can place the table directly in front of the radiator.

A colorful hall rug would help direct traffic through the room. If the keyboard faces the seating area, parallel with the chaise on the same diagonal, it will direct music into the room. Beneath the keyboard, an area rug that matches the hall rug will dampen sound and help tie the room together.

Joe and Sarah might also unify the room with coordinated, sustainable fabrics. A multicolored, patterned fabric, used sparingly on a pillow or as a table runner, can define the palette. Painting the walls the palette’s lightest neutral would complement both décor and architecture; too-white walls make vintage architecture look old and dirty.





mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, MD

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265