Utilize a small area in the bedroom or hallway as a workspace when a dedicated home office room isn't available. A simple white desk doesn't overwhelm a small space, and a floating shelf provides extra storage when floor space is scarce.
Natural light streams into this small bathroom via a high window helping to visually expand the space along with a large vanity mirror. The crisp white vanity is capped in quartz and offers plenty of hidden storage.
The studio's kitchen is partly concealed, allowing the living and dining areas to take centerstage. However, the small kitchen won't be upstaged. Glass-front cabinets, a bold backsplash and a colorful rug keep the space feeling fresh and lively.
Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
The size and design of the original bath was utilitarian at best, with its cracking green tile and small bathroom sink. Since the homeowners wanted a sophisticated update, a complete overhaul was planned for the master bathroom.
Art from AmericasMart adds the final flair to this cozy bathroom, matching the turquoise and blue from the bright master bedroom, also designed by Steve McKenzie as part of a Dwell with Dignity home design.
A once-bare, tiny yard behind a row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., now features a canopy of plants, such as crepe myrtles and camellias. Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh planted trees that naturally cool the garden terrace and house and created a bird habitat. The new paving is mica schist, which is arranged in a pattern that mimics logs flowing down a river. The garden was a 2015 ASLA award winner.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Love It or List It, Hilary has designed a bathroom that makes the most of its space. The solid floor to ceiling color gives the room a more spacious look, while the dark cabinet and patterned tile on the floor and in the shower draw your eye and become focal pieces for the room.
This compact kitchen benefits from an open plan design that incorporates an eat-in bar. Rich wood barstools balance the glossy cabinets and white countertops for a fresh look. A sleek pendant light and recessed lighting keep the space feeling open and bright.
Mix paint and tile. Take time to consider your paint choice and try it out on a sample board before putting it on all of the walls. This is a simple way to save time and money when redecorating a bathroom. “Make sure you like the color throughout the day,” says California designer Cindy Garten of Unique Techniques. “It will help you decide what color is best because of the different light throughout the day. Try it with the window open and closed. You may not like it. It ends up saving a lot of work and money, because all you end up doing is getting another sample board.” This bathroom was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.
The white walls and glossy white cabinets make the space appear larger while every surface is utilized to maximize space, such as the wall-mounted knife rack and a magnetic message center on the end of a cabinet.