Photo Gallery: Small Space Solutions
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In a small room, a lucite or glass coffee table can create the illusion of space. Chairs or side tables with thin legs, such as the ones shown here, take up less real estate than thick, bulky furniture.
If you’re tight on space, use tall, narrow cabinets for your closet. With shoes and clothing neatly packed inside, all you’ll see is a clean wall of doors, making the space feel a lot less cluttered.
In a small room with a high ceiling, don’t be afraid to use the space you have! A thin, tall bookcase adds colour and guides the eye upwards, emphasizing the height of the room.
In small spaces, double-duty furniture, such as this bench-shelf, is a must. The hollow bottom can be used for storing baskets or books, while the top is a colourful, cushioned space used for extra seating.
Intelligent space savers, like this hideaway trundle bed, are key when square footage is sparse. This roll-out is a charming original feature built into an armoire unit in the main room. When closed, the bed tucks under counters in the kitchen and walk-in closet.
Numbered baskets across the top of the upper cabinets provides much-needed storage, warmth and texture to the basic white kitchen, while a hanging pot rack acts as a functional ‘chandelier.’ A butcher-block topped island doubles counterspace, and when two stools are added, creates a casual breakfast spot. A vintage chest, acquired from a university science lab, holds linens, flatware and baking utensils, freeing kitchen cabinets for larger items.
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A pale wall colour and pretty floral wallpaper in springtime hues makes this space look larger. Bedside tables with drawers offer extra storage, while woven baskets with fabric liners and lids stored under the bed keep out-of-season clothing dust-free, but still accessible.
This 500-square-foot studio is punctuated by bold hues evoking a subtle Morroccan vibe. Kaili chose this large roll-arm sofa as the key furniture piece for the main living space. The weighty look of the sofa is balanced by smaller scale furniture like the leggy coffee table. A gold tray provides a hit of glam and offers a display surface for a pretty vignette.
Designer and stylist Arielle Eby skipped a bulky headboard in favour of bold citrus-green lacquered screens set against a muted paper wall. Although the dormer is just big enough for a queen-size bed, the wallpaper, glass lamp and country-style lace-edged bedding make a big impression.
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Michael removed the upper kitchen cabinet doors and stapled grasscloth wallpaper to the back, creating chic and expansive-looking open shelves. A wallpaper feature wall also draws the eye up and out to the window view.
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DIY shelves look like custom built-ins. Removing the door and running carpet throughout the bedroom and the en suite closet visually connects and enlarges both areas. A chinoiserie-print curtain hides the stacking washer and dryer.
In a small space, every piece counts. Upholstered dining chairs can work extra hours in a living area or at a desk. A pair of Barbara Barry side tables can unite to form a dining table. A low-slung bench becomes a built-in banquette when pushed against the wall in front of the tables. A freestanding screen allows the homeowner to fake a separate dining room.
This island houses a 43-inch plasma TV, electronics, drawers and a wine fridge. The sleek mixture of cedar, tile, stainless steel and leather ties the kitchen into the equally urban and masculine living area.
Clever mirrored cabinetry visually expands the space, reflects light and provides a spot to hide clothing and books. “I wanted to simplify my life, and though this space is small, I don’t feel restricted at all,” says Roy Caro, co-owner of Celadon Collection, an upscale Montreal home furnishing store.
The coffee table can be used as bench seating for extra guests, while a wall of lower built-in cabinets keep this 850-square-foot condo neat. A sisal rug, vibrant orange cushions, a wicker chair and abundant greenery give this bright living room a relaxing vacation-home vibe.
Designer Peter Wilds and his partner, Noam Gagnon, tore down the wall between the kitchen and living room. It meant giving up what little closed-off space they had, but being able to take in the Vancouver skyline while they cook makes it a valuable trade-off. They carried the glossy kitchen cabinetry into the dining room for a seamless look and much-need storage.
Groups of two to 12 can be comfortably entertained in this apartment, thanks to a dining area tucked neatly away in one corner and anchored by an oversized lampshade. The round table creates better flow in the compact space than a square one. A single drapery panel softens the space and creates the illusion of a bigger window.
A durable, budget-friendly alternative to hardwood, slate-look ceramic tiles create visual flow throughout this small house. A glass coffee table and leggy furniture make the room appear more spacious. The living room’s modern aesthetic is offset by a classic 40-year-old Heriz wool rug. The homeowner had the rug’s border trimmed for a contemporary look.
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Green Eames chairs — a junk shop score — surround a Saarinen table, grounding the whitewashed kitchen. Simple louvered blinds are in keeping with the beachy feel.