“Use the existing lightbox and replace current ceiling lights with a pendant or chandelier of your choice,” Ana suggests. In the kitchen, she added a pendant that matched the floor lamps and looked great off center.
If you think that an island only works with an open-concept layout, this galley kitchen designed by TerraCotta Properties is proof that an island can work in a smaller kitchen. The key is to customize the piece to fit the space and allow for traffic flow — around 36 inches — on all sides.
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.
"With limited space, smaller-scale furniture will make the space feel larger," says Sherrod of the clever teak bar she created in her shed. Sherrod's other space-saving tips include going with a daybed instead of a sofa and a floating ledge instead of a table.
Subtle shifts in the geometry of this modern building maximize natural light and views to the sky, expanding the perception of space and openness while maintaining the small footprint. As the walls splay out from the base of the building toward the roof, the resulting void is a central light well.
Stainless steel appliances and linear design give this small kitchen a sleek and polished look. To maximize the limited counter space, designer Gail Fedela chose a quilt-like tile backsplash to add visual appeal and allowing for clutter-free countertops.
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.