Thursday, 28 April 2011

Small Space Inspiration

Ever since I have started thinking about moving into a studio, it seems like small-space inspiration has been finding me everywhere. Here are a few of my favorites:

This space utilizes a lot of the top tips for small spaces. They have plenty of lighting, including a mirror placed so it reflects light from the window to visually expand and brighten the space. They also use a credenza, which provides storage space will looking more visually streamlined than, say, a dresser. Additionally, they use a scale-appropriate sofa with streamlined lines and a sleek chair for extra seating. Another great idea are the clear acrylic mini tables that visually lighten the room and 2 small benches that don't take up a lot of space but function as extra seating or to set down a drink. Lastly, they use an area rug that delineates the living from sleeping area, even though the bed is RIGHT there.

Here's the same room, different angle. More small space tips: they manage to work in a desk area and bedside table while continuing the design flow. I like the accent wall with decorative trim painting, another mirror to bounce light around, and clean, classic bedding that doesn't add visual clutter. The slim lines of the floor lamp adds lighting without taking up a ton of space. I can't get over how awesome this space is...good job Ron Marvin!

Small, long rooms can be hard to design. They do a good job here with the desk at the foot of the bed and contrasting curtains to make the bed area really pop.

Here's another Ron Marvin-designed room, with similar methods for opening up a small area. He doesn't use curtains/blinds, which is strange for a bedroom, but also works to spread light. The sleek lines of the furniture, including a slim coffee table with glass top, and classic, simple bedding makes this room seem less cluttered that you would think.

In a small room you need to utilize every space. I like this idea from Bright Bazaar to add magnets to pretty tins to hold writing utensils, etc, on the fridge.

In a lot of small living areas, there isn't much storage space. Because they used similar simple glass containers, this little bar cart doesn't look so much like storage but adds to the appeal of the room.

Sometimes benches are a good option to keep from blocking off views but still provide seating/a coffee table feel.

In a small space, you gotta work with what you've got. Here, the Glamorai specially designed a table to go behind the couch in order to use an awkward, small space most efficiently.

Sometimes closets aren't an option. This adds a bright punch of color and sleek storage space. Look on Design Sponge for a tutorial. This is also the same tutorial Katuut Marut (sp?) used to make the screen made of a sheet/material that I showed a bit ago. Another great small space idea to break a studio into separate spaces.

See how pretty screens can be?

Last but not least, look how this renter used every possible space to her advantage. Small tables function better than one big table because they can be easily moved to suit needs and aren't so visually cluttering.

Hope you enjoyed this collection of ideas! Makes me want to move...TODAY!

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