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Do you have an awkward space in your home that is difficult to decorate? Just because your room isn’t square doesn’t mean it can’t be gorgeous. Decorating round spaces and bay windows can be rewarding. It’s like finding extra square footage if designed well. The gorgeous curved bay in this home is stunning. Notice how they didn’t cover up the windows with heavy curtains? This is a good thing to remember, if you don’t want to draw attention to something, don’t! Let the architecture and light take center stage in a case like this. Because most large chandeliers are round, it’s a great design trick to mirror the lines of curved spaces.
Jonathan Adler Ventana Two-Tone Nickel Chandelier
Cozy window seats are a great way to decorate a curved space or bay window. Bay windows were made for curling up with a book or the paper. The simple roman shade does not detract from the architecture, but offers some privacy.
A round dining room can be fabulously chic, such as this one pictured. A round dining room table is perfect for entertaining and keeps conversations flowing between all of your guests who can see everybody gathered as opposed to a long rectangular table. Curved molding and the drum shade chandelier reinforce the round space.
This sumptuous round space is both stunning and functional. I think it’s money well spent to have custom furniture built for specific spaces. It both maximizes the usable space and forces you to use it. The clear glass tables keep things light in the confined space and the round rug and bolsters reinforce the architecture.
Even a round nook can be useful. Custom bookshelves maximize the nook’s functionality and a round ottoman makes it comfortable. The round tray ceiling and round flush mount ceiling light, again, echoes the design of the room.
Tropical splendor in the round! This round, outdoor room is a study in rustic relaxation. Grouping the furniture in a circle is the best way to place seating in such an application. Like the dining room above, seating in the round makes for easy conversation. A rustic outdoor chandelier and ceiling fan work well with the earthy beams, wrought iron curtain rods and lounge chairs.
52" Casa Vieja Tropical Veranda Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Outdoor ceiling fans should match the decor of the space. This fan has rattan blades and an aged bronze patina that work well with older, Spanish-Style homes.
Bath night has never been more elegant. Who ever said round spaces were hard to decorate?
The round terrace can be simply elegant. Again, notice the grouping of furniture which make conversation so easy and intimate. Understated outdoor wall lights make the terrace functional at night.
Images: House of Turquoise
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.