It’s no joke that Americans’ interest in living small has been quite large lately. In a country with some of the largest average home sizes, there is almost a lewd fascination with small spaces. But small spaces are not something to just ogle. Across this nation we are seeing major shifts in how and where we live. Demand for homes in the suburbs is falling in favor of urban areas, which means giving up the great room and the two car garage for a walk-to-work commute.
While giving up a spacious home can seem daunting, small spaces do not have to be cluttered and claustrophobic. Take some hope from the small space ingénues of Instagram, and find ideas to make your petite pied-a-terr truly amazing.
Warm and Cozy
Small space does not mean small style. Check out how the amazing brick wall is allowed to take center stage with a light and airy color palette. A smart semi-flush fixture choice is functional but delicate, something to catch the eye but not close off the space.
Stacks on Stacks
Make the most of the space you have. This clever platform design takes advantage of the limited floor space available. This micro loft keeps the space from feeling like your dorm room, and gives you a great place for deep storage.
Mix and Match
Do not be afraid to get a lot into a small space. Just be smart about it. This amazing space mixes mid-century icons, English classics and rich world textiles all in one lush living room. Making sure that the sofa is the only pop to the white and charcoal color palette keeps the overall effect cool and not calamitous.
Sometimes small spaces do not allow for the classic room delineation that we might be used to. Glass/moving walls are a design slight of hand that will make the bedroom feel more closed off and private when in use, but ensure that the studio does not feel chopped up. And it allows for as much light penetration as possible.
Open Sky Living
Something to consider when looking at small living spaces is ceiling height. While not always an option, opt for a taller ceiling if possible. Not only does it allow for the options of lofting and lots of natural light with more windows, but it makes fewer square feet feel much more breathable.
Not only are monochromatic spaces on trend, they are a great design to making the most of a small space. Keeping one color across a space gives the eye a rest and can make some parts recede into the others (just visually, of course).
Sometimes you love a style that doesn’t seem like it will work for your space. But sometimes you can find ways around it. This space makes the most of a spare industrial modern with a monochromatic effect. Keeping the industrial touches light and airy keeps the dark details from eating up square footage.
Lots of Light
Not something foreign to the readers of this blog, but good lighting always has it. Just because a space is small does not mean that it can’t get dark. Be aware of undersized windows, nooks and dark finishes that can plague small spaces, and combat with fixtures and fittings that will light up your life.
Some people’s first experience with small scale living can be a dorm. And while budget, time and skills might be a barrier, take solace that not all college living has to be a nightmare. Smart use of a fold away desk, plenty of wall mounted shelving and under bed storage make sure that everything has a home.
Wild and Wonderful
Don’t fear if monochromatic minimalism is not your thing. This warm and playful kitchen is a perfect example of how monochrome can be used over more traditional materials and then kicked up quite a few notches with a wall of punchy multi-colored floral wallpaper.
Do you have any small space design tricks up your sleeve? Comment below with your big ideas.