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.
Window treatments, especially on large or multiple windows can cost a pretty penny, but before you spend a fortune consider how you’ll utilize them. If you really don’t require privacy or shade in the room, opt for small fixed panels. They’ll still look great and soften the space without dinging your decorating budget.
A wallpaper lion walks along a green chalkboard lawn in designer Lauren Liess's home. This activity center is a perfect small-space solution. Instead of taking up precious wall space, use the closet doors to make a chalkboard for the kids.
The narrow space in this studio apartment is made functional with stylish storage solutions, floating shelves, and multipurpose furniture. The colorful eclectic accessories dress up the space and give it added personality.
“Innovative storage solutions were key to making the most of every room in this waterfront cottage,” says designer Elizabeth Swartz. “This included the use of some wonderful hardware, such as this Hafele pull-out unit in the master bath to organize even the smallest of spaces efficiently.”
You’ve seen regular outdoor umbrellas no doubt, but here’s a clever solution for tiny spaces. This Outdoor Half Umbrella with Pole, $299 from Grandin Road, is the perfect shade over a door, on a balcony or along walls or windows. You won’t have to mount it, as it comes with a sturdy base that keeps the half-umbrella tightly against any flat surface.
Designer Todd Davis worked two smart space-creating solutions into this small San Francisco bathroom remodeling project. A built-in cabinet conceals storage for linens and toiletries without adding any visual clutter, while a small niche in the shower space offers a spot to leave soap and shampoo without taking up much real estate.
This light and bright dining room features a natural wood table paired with brown dining chairs and a modern chandelier overhead. A wall-to-wall buffet provides plenty of cabinet storage, as well as a built-in desk space that is the perfect solution for small spaces, like this apartment.
When the homeowner, a professional artist, moved into this home, the backyard space was visually unappealing and dysfunctional, so designers gave the yard a new look, maximizing the small space with sectional seating areas on both the hardscape and desert lounge areas, giving the homeowner a blank canvas to foster her creative inspiration.