"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.
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.
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.
This small space living room is a couple of steps down from the kitchen. The sunken family room visually expands the space.The wall art and tall potted plants make the room look proportional, while a colorful mix of patterns in the upholstery and throw pillows provide balance to the small space.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot believes smaller spaces lend themselves to bold color choices. Powder rooms, entry halls or a study are great areas to saturate with your favorite daring paint color. For example, this small powder room in radiant orchid makes a stunning statement.
If you have a bit more room to play with, the wet bar offers the opportunity to incorporate extra refrigeration, a second sink and even a recycling center. Designer Nathan J. Reynolds fit all this and more into this project. “This wet bar was designed with entertaining in mind,” he says. “The top refrigerator drawer is perfect for storing cold water, soda, beer — even juice boxes for the kids. The bottom freezer drawer makes ice and is great for chilling glasses and liquor. Fill the sink up with ice and display the beverages offered to guests for the evening. The far right drawer is handy for bottle openers, napkins and bar utensils for the bartender. Below the drawer is a recycling center pull-out with trash and recycling for the empty bottles. The countertop space is generous for displaying beverages and making your favorite cocktail.”
This small kitchen features contemporary style design elements, including sleek white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The finishes reflect light and the simple kitchen cabinets visually expand the small space.
As seen on season 1 of Tiny Luxury, a reclaimed wood sliding door divides a laundry closet from a luxurious bathroom in this tiny house. Knotty Alder pine trim, tongue and groove siding and rich, red oak hardwood floors give this space a rustic, charming aesthetic.