Small-space living - even in a few rooms of your home - is good for the environment and easier on the wallet. It can also be a way to show off chic décor if you’re so inclined! Here are a few ways to be both efficient and stylish.

In the kitchen and dining areas

  • Create a unified look by using one statement stone for counters, backsplash, shelves, and vent hooding.
  • Monochrome is very cool with something like black-and-white prints and photos of varying size and scale.
  • A crystal-like chandelier will draw the eye ceiling-ward, creating the illusion of height.
  • Skip the island and opt for a round pedestal table to serve as both extra prep surface and a bistro dining table for two.

In living areas

  • Build custom seating, like custom banquettes on either side of a room; they may also serve as guest beds when the back cushions are removed.
  • Floating shelves with white-potted plants add visual interest and a sense of order, especially if plants are colorful and exotic.
  • Incorporate larger seating like a sectional set neatly in a corner.  
  • Create a heritage feel with clever placement of vintage treasures. Even chandeliers, large mirrors, and crown mouldings can make a small place feel bigger.

In the bedroom

  • With plain or paneled walls, repeat brightly textiled patterns for window coverings, headboard and bedding, to create a sense of continuity.
  • Let a guest room or small bedroom opt for a Murphy bed and offer mixed-use space. When the bed is not in use, there’s a studio for yoga, photography, crafts, etc.
  • Think like a retailer and organize an exposed closet with items grouped as found in a boutique; some things on hangers, some folded neatly underneath.

In the bathroom

  • Add a corner shower (without sacrificing much floor space) to make a 3/4 bath.
  • Splurge on high-end fabric curtains, extra-plush towels, and Euro-style fixtures.

Around the house

  • Make a fashion statement by placing things like favorite hats on a rack in the hallway, to add fun color and inspiration to wear them more often.
  • Think big – in size and attitude. Fewer, larger pieces of art can make a small room feel more spacious and inviting.

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