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Design help with an odd shaped room

An odd-shaped room doesn't have to mean a room with no sense of style. Oftentimes, it's these types of rooms -- when decorated properly -- that offer the most pizazz because of their unusual shape. The shape of these rooms forces you to be creative in your decorating approach.

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Identification

An odd-shaped room could be classified as a room that isn't perfectly square. For example, a room that is L-shaped presents a number of challenges in terms of designing a decorating scheme, because of the differing lengths of the walls.

Furniture

The type of furniture you select for this type of room will also have bearing on whether or not you're able to decorate it successfully. Be sure to choose furniture that's not too large for the space, particularly if you've broken up the room. A couch that's longer than the wall, for example, will look funny.

Solutions

One way to work with an odd-shaped room is to split it into several rooms. Going back to the L-shaped example, you could partition one side of the room off and set up a desk and office area. In the other part, you can put together a living or family room.

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About the Author

Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.

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