When you live in a small house or an apartment, it is difficult to install everything you need. Trying to fit everything and Making it cute is an even bigger challenge, but that’s what makes designing small spaces so fun – coming up with smart solutions to these obstacles makes it all the more rewarding in the end. Whether you live in a studio or want to make the most of a small room in a small house, these small space design ideas will make it feel a lot bigger while maintaining the style.
Incorporate reflective materials
Opt for pocket doors
Pocket doors with glass windows allow shared light to flow throughout the space while creating separation. Best of all, they slide right into the wall when not in use, taking up much less space than swing doors.
STORE DOORS IKEA sliding doors, $ 180
When space is limited and you don’t want to buy bulky new furniture, use a chair as a side table and install wall sconces to save space. A cheerful color, like this pale turquoise shade, is also a good idea to put a good mood in a small room.
SHOP THE APPLIANCES Mid-Century Arc Sconce, $ 79
Reduce your dining table
Small round tables aren’t just for breakfast nooks. Ditch the giant dining table and treat yourself to some extra space by opting for a small round dining table instead.
SHOP TABLES Marble dining table, $ 999
Use a day bed
Add a day bed and watch your bedroom double. If you don’t have a designated guest bedroom, this could also be useful in your living room.
SHOP BEDS Monarch Hill Daybed, $ 672
Express yourself everywhere
Yes, even on the refrigerator – no, mostly – your refrigerator and other bulky appliances. Since there is little room for extras and less space to stack all your favorite items, you’ll have to spruce it up. Right here, Antoine Dunning transformed an ordinary old refrigerator into a design opportunity by dressing it in removable wallpaper.
SHOP REMOVABLE WALLPAPER Peel and Stick Paper, $ 150
Mount your TV
A media console is the biggest waste of space in a small living room. Mount your TV on the wall or above a fireplace and you will find the necessary floor space.
SHOP WALL MOUNTS TV wall mount, $ 30
Hide your TV
Or, better yet, hide it! Whether inside a splashback or disguised as a work of art, this design tip is perfect for anyone whose living room is still their family room, dining room and / or more.
SHOP MEDIA CABINETS TV cabinet, $ 300
Do double duty
Pieces that can serve multiple purposes are essential: find a table that can double as a desk and dining table, get a deep sofa that can double as a guest bed, or buy cubes that double as a coffee table and extra seating when the guests have passed. .
STORE HEADQUARTERS Storage Pouf, $ 315
Take advantage of architectural quirks
Every inch counts in a tiny home, so be sure to take full advantage of architectural quirks – that way, they’ll actually become your favorite element in space. That radiator by your window? Invest in a cute radiator cover and customize a cushion so you can use it as a window nook for reading and relaxing. (And you can forgo the bulky sofa that will take up half the studio!) Pillows and add a hanging light for tasks, like Jae Joo done here.
SHOP RADIATOR COVERS Radiator cover, $ 255
This is the oldest design trick in the book: Mirrors will make your space bigger, lighter, and more airy. And a fun convex like this adds a lot of personality without taking up a ton of space.
SHOP MIRRORS Mirror plates, $ 16
Make every room count
Think about the scale
If your kitchen doesn’t have an island and you don’t have a living room separate from the kitchen, don’t give up on making it functional. Go for a large wooden table that can provide additional counter space for cooking and as a two-tray dining table. Use this in a kitchen Corinne Mathern Workshop as a plan.
BUY SMALL ISLANDS Counter table, $ 125
Quiet, uniform rooms trick the eye into believing that they are more spacious than they are. Make sure to add a variety of textures to keep the space from falling flat.
SHOP PILLOWS Velvet pillow, $ 6
Convert a closet
Designer David Kaihoi used clever storage solutions to make his New York apartment work harder, including creating this compact “laundry room” in his closet. This way, when he is not doing laundry, he can close the door of these household appliances.
SHOP LAUNDRY MACHINES Washer and dryer unit, $ 1,259
Custom built-in units, storage corners and furniture tailored to your exact needs can utilize every available space. When they’re part of the walls, you don’t waste so much valuable square footage. And additional storage space under a bench is also useful.
SHOP BENCHES Storage bench, $ 449
In interior designer Max Sinsteden’s studio, he separated his sleeping area from the rest of the room by hanging a curtain very high, then hanging a floating painting to break it up even more. “I hate to see a bed from the front door, so I added a curtain to partition this space. When you close it, you really feel like you’re in a Parisian hotel,” he tells us. This means that you can also be entertained without feeling like everyone is hanging out in your room. “A small space doesn’t prevent me from inviting 50 people.”
SHOP CEILING TRACKS Ceiling track, $ 90
Use all available surface space
Even a windowsill can provide extra storage space for decor, lighting, and other essentials when there isn’t room for an extra table.
STORE SHELVES Floating shelf, $ 20
Get a wall desk
Think you don’t have room for an office? Think again. A wall mounted desk takes up much less space and you can even mount shelves above it for even more storage space. Designate Tariq Dixon transformed an unused corner by installing a wall desk.
STORE OFFICES Floating office, $ 65
Use strategic seats
Go for extra seats that can fold up and be super compact so you can stow them away while guests are away. A stool like this in a living room designed by Hecker Guthrie is perfect.
SHOP STOOLS Royal Design folding stool, $ 136
Use larger (but less) furniture
It might seem counterintuitive, but outfitting a small space with a few large-scale rooms (rather than a pint-sized hodgepodge of furniture) can actually make it grander. Resist the urge to push all your furniture against the walls. If you create space behind the furniture, the room will appear wider than it is.
SHOP BED FRAMES Canopy bed, $ 1,299
Go big in a small space
It’s easy to overlook a room when it’s very small, especially because there just isn’t enough usable space for decorating. But it is entirely possible – and well worth it – to enhance and personalize these small parts. Take this powder room in Ailana Michelle Ralph’s house, for example. With a pale pink wall color and a surrounding gallery of eclectic artwork, the small room packs a lot of punch.
SHOP FRAMES Golden Frame, $ 39
Make use of the often underused space between furniture tops and the ceiling of a room with suspended or raised units. Mount bookcases and cabinets all the way up, this will make the room appear higher.
STORE CABINETS Kitchen cabinets, $ 489
Forgo bulky pieces
While under-sink storage can be great, larger vanities with lots of drawers and cabinets can end up looking oversized and bulky in small spaces. In this bathroom designed by Studio Database, the delicate marble vanity has plenty of surface space and the extra towel rails and hooks meet storage needs.
SHOP TOWEL RACKS Towel bar, $ 50
Build a partial glass wall
Tear down walls, make windows larger, or replace solid doors with glass to open up the view and connect adjacent spaces.
SHOP THE MATERIAL Sliding rail for glass door, $ 200
Incorporate good lighting
Good lighting will make or destroy any room, large or small. Especially make sure you install good lighting in smaller, cramped spaces like a bathroom with a small window, as this beautiful space shows.
SHOP LIGHTS Mount the ceiling light, $ 23
You don’t have to show everything. After all, nothing makes a room smaller than a mess.
STORE SHELVES White shelf, $ 397
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