Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

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Small spaces can be the bane of any flat-dweller’s or home owner’s life. But they can also be a blessing in design disguise. Awkward, small spaces are often a catalyst for change, forcing you to a) clear the clutter and b) come up with clever design ideas you may never have thought of otherwise. From small living rooms and small dining rooms, to small bedrooms, small bathrooms, small kitchens and kids’ rooms, or even just small space storage solutions, wehave delved in to the House & Garden achive to bring you clever, stylish ideas for every room of the house.

Small cloakroom with patterned wallpaper

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

Event designer David Stark and his artist husband Migguel Anggelo have reconfigured their Brooklyn apartment to create calm and flowing spaces brought alive by theatrical objects and unexpected finishes. The cloakroom is wallpapered in an intricately patterned violet design.

Hidden Workspace

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Interior designer Virginia Howard had no intention of moving from Knightsbridge to Pimlico, until a balcony flat in a nineteenth-century garden square changed her mind. In the dining area, Virginia created a workspace cleverly tucked inside a wall cupboard.

Entrance Hall with Mural

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

Event designer David Stark and his artist husband Migguel Anggelo have reconfigured their Brooklyn apartment to create calm, flowing spaces brought alive by theatrical objects and unexpected finishes. The entrance hall walls are clad in black linoleum with a large blackboard mural David made for an event.

Tiny Cloakroom with Red Ikat Wallpaper & Champagne Cooler Basin

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

Present a designer with a space of no more than 90 square metres, ask her to create a home for a family of five, with ample storage space, and she could be forgiven for thinking this was stretching the bounds of possibility. Yet this is just what happened when the owner of this former artist’s studio in Chelsea asked interior designer Eve Mercier to turn it into a two-bedroom pied-a-terre for her family. A former artists studio in Chelsea is transformed into a light-filled pied a terre for a family of five, through clever reconfiguration of the interior.

In a bid to reduce clutter, jib doors conceal everything from washing machines and understair storage to what must be the tiniest cloakroom in London. The latter is lined with red ikat wallpaper and has a basin made from a Champagne bucket on a pale limestone shelf.

Red Vibrant Wallpaper Bathroom

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

This iconic wallpaper is Scalamandré’s ’Zebra’ in masai red, famously used in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums. It creates an intimate feeling in this small bathroom, which was boldly designed by Beata Heuman. The decorator has perfectly demonstrated how to choose one bold colour for a tiny space. Mirrors also help – they encourage light to bounce around, making the small space seem larger.

The interior of this fun, colourful home is a highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ’The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says designer Beata. ’I was told by the wife that her childhood dream was to have a house with a series of rooms each with its own distinct personality – Chinese, Japanese, American and so on. That would have been too much, but I did want to give the house variation and changes

Built-in Niche bed with Shelves & Curtain

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

This built-in niche bed with shelves and a curtain was designed by Beata Heuman, who was asked to create a spare bedroom that was dark and cosseting. To achieve this, Beata designed a built-in bed complete with curtain and ’Fretwork’ bedcover from Oka. The small space is made even more inviting by the contrast between the rust-red interior, which is painted in ’Drummond’ by Little Greene, and the dark blue exterior in Dulux ’90BG 10067’.

Table Service

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

Don’t think you have room for a dressing table? Try this idea from interior designer Jane Taylor’s London flat. Here, a mirror-lined dressing table fits into the window reveal in the main bedroom. If you’re extra short on space, the table can also double as a stylish desk.

Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Christopher Stocks. Locations editor: Lavinia Bolton.

A Bed Suspended in Air

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration
When it comes to maximising space, this James Bond-esque London pad with a stylish mezzanine floor takes the cake with its innovative approach. Featuring a bed suspended underneath a retractable glass ceiling, it just goes to show you the sky’s the limit (sorry) when it comes to cool, creative decorating ideas for small spaces.

Dining Space with Banquette Seating

Small Spaces, HUGE Inspiration

Create a flexible dining space in your kitchen with banquette seating and a long, slim dining table. Even better, ensure you have enough storage with in-built cupboards and extra storage space in the seating.

In this small dining space, the colour palette was kept bright and airy with muted white and grey, while a long, rectangular skylight in the stepped roof invites plenty of natural light.

The corner of the room features a small workspace with space-saving pocket doors, cleverly concealed in a kitchen cupboard. This storage solution (it could be used simply to hide books or other objects) is stylish, inexpensive and can be easily replicated in your own home.

Formerly a rabbit warren of small, dark rooms, this modern Victorian family home in west London designed by Clare Stevenson and Claire Sa from architectural practice De Rosee Sa has been opened up. Today, it is flooded with light and filled with the owner’s collection of art and furniture, to create a balance between its original character and modern style.

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