Designers on HGTV's "Design Star" were challenged to turn a storage container into a functional living space. Built-in bookshelves offer stylish storage with eclectic curated accessories in this home office nook while an armless chair saves space without sacrificing chic.
This eat-in kitchen, designed by Lillian Martin Hayes, is both space-saving and elegant due to all its cabinet space and dark brown wood accents. A large, granite-topped kitchen island includes a small eating area at one end.
Bold black wallpaper plays up the drama while a white pedestal sink saves space in this small bathroom. A geometric mirror, the same width as the sink, ties in with the graphic wallpaper and keeps the design in proportion.
The owners of this California contemporary home chose to keep the galley kitchen because it fit the character of the house. The design team removed a partition between the kitchen and laundry to open up the space and included a mix of walnut and white cabinets to keep the vibe funky and young. As a cost-saving and time-saving feature, the cabinets use Ikea boxes with semi-handmade fronts. A colorful rug pops in the neutral space.
Copper pots and pans feel right at home in this country-style kitchen. By hanging them on the wall instead of tucking them into a cupboard, the design team both saved space and turned everyday cookware into a charming display.
Mod penny tile and boldly patterned wallpaper give interest and design distinction to a compact powder room. The pedestal sink, with its wall-mounted hardware, is a space saver. A sleek mirror offers a glimpse at the modern stairwell beyond.
A modern dining room turns its book collection into an eye-catching design statement by organizing them by color in the space-saving built-in bookshelf. A simple picnic table and ghost chairs let the striking dark walls and rainbow colors do the talking.
Designer Rebecca Pogonitz gave this small bathroom a luxurious facelift with a few cosmetic changes and a space-saving fixture. The floating vanity frees up visual space, while a pretty capiz pendant brings out the cream and bronze tones in the new backsplash.
Not every home is blessed with the grand volumes of a loft space, but you can use space-saving tricks to make rooms feel more expansive, as designers Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design did in this project. “We loved the idea of an antique map in this dining room because it was a small space but we still wanted it to be bright and interesting. Not losing valuable space to framed art on the walls meant that every inch was used in the smartest way possible. The custom barn door was also a space saver, and a bright hit of color adds good bang for the buck.”
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy selected a single handheld showerhead that offers convenience and flexibility in one unit and is practical for small spaces. The inset tile shelf holding bathing products is another excellent choice to save on space.