Photo Gallery: Small Spaces By Sabrina Albanese
Designer Sabrina Albanese shares 14 gorgeous rooms that prove less can be so much more.
In this kitchen Boca Raton, Florida, Toronto designer Sabrina Albanese used neutral tones “to create flow and a sense of openness,” while bright red pendant lights and dining chairs add energy. “I added pops of colour for some playful interest,” she says.
This tranquil master ensuite looks larger thanks to light tones on the walls, floors and furnishings. “Soft colours mixed with various natural textures not only looks elegant, but also feels light and airy,” explains Sabrina. “The glass partitions allow light to travel through, while creating a sense of privacy.”
Sabrina used a textured geometric wallcovering in this compact workspace, “to the give the illusion of receding walls.” She then installed a floating shelf in the same tone. “It creates a monochromatic feel,” she explains, which also makes the space feel larger than it really is.
In this small dining area, Sabrina used minimal furnishings and a light palette to make the space feel larger and brighter. “Painting the trim same colour as the wall creates subtle texture,” she says. “Overall, the room is fresh and casually elegant with soft natural textures of linen and wool surrounding the dining table.”
“The shell of this bedroom is all dark — the walls and drapes are a soft graphite colour — and all the furnishings and linens are light,” explains Sabrina. This creates the illusion of receding walls and a more spacious atmosphere. “The bed is also low profile, which makes the ceilings feel higher,” she says.
“Every piece of furniture must have purpose in a small living space, with each piece speakly fluidly with the next,” observes Sabrina. In this Toronto living room, a low-slung sectional, compact armchair and ottoman provide plenty of seating and don’t distract from stunning city views.
Sabrina doesn’t shy away from bold choices, even in small spaces. This home office features an exotic animal hide rug, sculptural desk, and custom Batman-themed bookshelf. “I love finding clever ways to store books and stationary, like kitschy wall-mounted shelving,” she says.
In this Boca Raton, Florida, eat-in kitchen, Albanese mixed different seating styles for added interest. She also ensured that the space would feel open and airy by installing Chevron linen sheers by Schumacher over the large windows. “They maximize light and create brightness in the space,” she says.
Neutral cabinets, subway tile and countertops establish a classic envelope in this smaller Florida kitchen, while patterned dishes, red containers, and a bright blue kettle strike a lighthearted note.
Small spaces, like this downtown Toronto bathroom, are perfect for trying out bolder design moves. “The mirrored surface of this mosaic wall gives an illusion of more space,” Sabrina explains, “and the black decorative accents create romance and drama.”
“Adding layers of different shapes, colours and textures is important to add interest in a small space,” Sabrina advises. In this pretty sitting area, she mixed a sculptural branch-like side table with a classic armchair and plush throw for a rich, layered look.
“Bold lighting and great artwork make a small space feel focused and refined,” says Sabrina. In this contemporary Toronto kitchen, she went with statement-making metal pendant lights and a pretty landscape.
Sabrina mixed different kinds of seating around a rustic table to give this small dining room a hip look. A refined palette of cream and soft grey on the walls, drapes and upholstery tempers the more feminine tufted stool and floral accents.