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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Small Space Design

As you might remember, I sometimes suffer from big room envy.  Maybe I should more appropriately say ‘space’ envy.

It’s not that I don’t love my charming, little home… all 1616 sf of it… but there are times (especially lately) where I feel like the walls are closing in, and I just can’t seem to “purge” enough crap to open them back up!  (anyone else feel like this?)

My recent claustrophobic tendencies have ultimately inspired today’s Tips & Tricks – Four ways to design for the small space.

Hey, just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of style, function, and personality… even if the walls DO feel like they’re closing in sometimes.

 

USE SPACE WISELY – THINK VERTICALLY

This seems like a no brainer, but it’s surprising how often people don’t take advantage of the vertical space in their homes.

Shelves can add a wonderful architectural element to a space and don’t have to break the bank.

(…much like the awesome Ikea shelves that my friend, Kristin at Bliss just revealed on her blog.  They look custom, architectural, and AMAZING!)

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

okay, this is awesome…

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via Apartment Therapy

 

EDIT, EDIT, ORGANIZE

a.k.a. PURGE your crap.  Then organize what you’ve got.

Seriously, I know it’s hard, but you’ll feel so much better when you do.

A room with less “stuff” will obviously feel larger, and creates the setting to focus on key pieces.

Plus, the claustrophobia is less prone to set in when things aren’t just haphazardly thrown around.

Our house (built in 1947) has absolutely NO additional storage, so both of these are a must.

We had to invest in an offsite storage unit, which is great, but it now IT needs a purge itself.

35 boxes of shoes in the storage unit alone… It’s hard to let go.  Don’t judge me.

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

… and editing/organizing doesn’t mean you can’t have color or pattern!

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

 

EMBRACE A MONOCHROMATIC PALETTE

Using variations of one color will help the space appear larger.

Create variance and depth with different textures and finishes.  Use metal finishes to add a little sparkle, too!

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

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via Apartment Therapy

This place is only 665 Sf!

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via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

PAIR UP FORM AND FUNCTION

It doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario.

There are so many cool products out there that are both high on function and great design.

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Love the vintage index card storage!

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via Apartment Therapy

Seriously.  A Hidden modular kitchen.

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via Apartment Therapy

Love the style of this indoor drying rack…

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

 

…and if you want to find some other great form/function products, just check out Apartment Therapy!

Here’s to small spaces!

Tiina

 

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lindsey #

    So often feel this way! Love today’s piece 🙂 and LOVE this drying rack!

    June 13, 2013
    • Thanks, Lindsey! I’m glad that I’m not alone. 🙂 And the drying rack it totally fab!

      T

      June 13, 2013
  2. cuckoo4design #

    Love all the inspiration! And I agree Kristin’s built-ins are amazing!

    June 13, 2013
  3. Love it all! Thanks for the little shout out 😉 xo Kristin

    June 14, 2013

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