Building Your Home | 24 May 2016

Styling that bare space

by Carlisle Homes

It's been suggested that living amongst a stylishly planned home, regardless of how minimalistic the interior may be, ‘releases the same chemicals within the brain, synonymous with being in love!’ So, it's no surprise to see interior designers creating conceptual features in obscure areas (like under a stairwell or a random wall against a long corridor) to spread the ‘love’ around. Let us show you several innovative and individual ideas to turn those bare spaces into interesting focal points.

Take a Seat
Occasional or ornamental statement chairs paired with one-of-a-kind sculptures, are a stylish way of adding old school glamour to a bare corner. While minimalist styling is very on trend, the ‘dead space’ in your room can provide a fabulous opportunity to inject some of your personal style, you can even rotate the arrangement to keep it dynamic!


Images found at (left) The stunning Montclair on display at Greenvale Gardens Estate, Grenvale, (right) Sacramento Master Suite as displayed at Timbertop Estate, Officer

Corners that Count
A quiet corner is a perfect place to showcase beautiful pieces, which may or may not be used as every day, functional living spaces. Quirky vintage “one-offs” can be teamed with wall art, mirrors and retro chairs to create real wow factor, while wallpaper or funky reading lamps can create a (stylish) comfy nook for the discerning book worm. Now could be the ideal time to perfect the vignette in your corner arrangement, read more about vignettes here.


Images found at (left) Wallpaper wow in the Indiana on display at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough, (middle and right)

Functional style
You will know you have dead space in a room, when you feel that nagging sense of ‘something’s missing’ here! This corner, wall or nook could well be the answer to your storage frustrations. Think hanging space, bespoke shelving, even an oversized blackboard, turning these voids into useful home-helpers!


Images found at (left) (right) Welcome home to the Arlington on display at Warralily Coast Estate, Armstrong Creek

Swinging Sanctuary
Combining shabby chic or futuristic swinging chairs within a space, instantly transforms a bland area into a talking point. Not to mention a therapeutic way to relax and unwind. Teamed with on trend animal hide rugs, throws, funky ottomans and quirky sculptures, help to complete the easy-breezy look to perfection.


Images found at (left) (middle) (right)

Stairway to Style
Stairwells are no longer vacuums of wasted space. Well placed, simple statement pieces like ornamental chests and standout sculptures, harmoniously balance the empty area with artistic flair, elevating the zone to gallery inspired heights.


Images found at (left) Montpellier Staircase as displayed at Selandra Rise Estate, Clyde North (right) Barwon MK2 Staircase as displayed at Williams Landing Estate, Williams Landing

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