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Interior design for small spaces can be tricky, but not impossible.
With rents going up, and then up again, many people are forced to live in places the size of a postage stamp.
Have no fear, there are ways to make a diminutive space work for you. Here are five of our favorite ideas for how to maximize your small space:
Natural light is important in any space, but especially in a smaller apartment. Natural light brightens up the space and keeps it from looking too dark and depressing. Modern wall mirrors are perfect for bouncing light around the apartment, it helps maximize natural light and gives the illusion that your space is bigger than it is.
Establish different zones for the different things you do in your apartment, like eating, relaxing, sleeping, working, etc. Marking off these areas can make a space feel larger.
Bookcases are ideal for this purpose. In the bedroom above, the bookcase separates the living area from the sleeping area that feels more like a bedroom.
You can also use changes in flooring to indicate different zones.
But beware, too many zones can make your space feel maze-like.
One thing you can never have enough of, especially in small spaces, is storage. One idea is to take a dead corner in a room and make some built-ins. You can also use furniture that does double duty like storage benches.
Clutter is the bane of a small space's existence. Use things like storage boxes with lids, under bed storage, and the aforementioned storage benches to keep clutter out of sight.
The platform bed above integrates storage into the base and is perfect for items you need regular access to.
When there is a shortage of floor space, think up. Things like floating shelves draw the eye up and make your studio/small apartment seem roomier than it really is. Plus, more shelves = more storage!
These are just a few ideas for interior design for small spaces. What techniques do you use when designing for a small space? Share in the comments below!
Image Sources: Home Designing; Apartment Therapy; Pop Sugar; Apartment Therapy; Apartment Therapy
Small kitchen with lots of personality.
What's the best way to make any space a little more fun?.... Color of course! It's also great for adding a lot of personality in small spaces. Here's a few inspiring kitchen designs that ignore space and use color well.
A fun backsplash paired with a colorful rug makes the small kitchen above look huge when it comes to style.
Small kitchen with chalk wall shelving.
While this tiny kitchen doesn't have a colorful backsplash or bold walls, it does incorporate colorful green bar stools to keep the design interesting and provide extra seating. The narrow chalk wall with built-in shelving also makes for a fun detail while adding storage space.
Small doesn't have to mean boring!
High ceilings and pendant lighting in a tiny kitchen.
If you're not afraid of bold colors, take a cue from this narrow kitchen above.... Color is the way to go! The typographic art is also a fun way to add personality and use vertical space.
The high ceilings help the space feel bigger and allow perfect space for stylish pendant lighting.
Images from My Paradissi, Lush Home, AD Magazine
Backyard Water Fountains Set the Mood
Today backyard water fountains are available in many variations and styles.
Here are a few that we think you might like, and some features to look for when selecting the perfect outdoor water fountains.
Gardenfall Contemporary Dark Copper Fountain: Style EUF8982
If you have a small backyard, or patio, consider tall water fountains. They will allow you to take advantage of vertical space.
Have a large backyard? Then consider multiple backyard water fountains. Make sure to stagger the heights and keep to an odd number to create more visual interest.
Graceful Form Carved Stone Fountain: Style EUM5791
Let your fountain make a dramatic statement that draws attentions and creates conversation.
Select a design that reflects you and your family's personal style.
Stone Three Bowl Cascading Fountain: Style EUR5944
Select outdoor fountains that come equipped with a light.
Fountains with a light feature will allow you to continue enjoying the look, as well as the sound, as day turns night.
It also serves as the perfect accent light.
We hope you found these tips on backyard water fountains useful.
Thanks for reading!
People often leave designing their bathroom vanity lighting for last, if at all. Often they'll just install a recessed light directly over the sink and call it a day. BIG mistake!
A recessed light directly over the sink will cast horrific shadows, making your daily grooming routine difficult.
Here are three options to properly light your bathroom vanity:
Sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across your face. Ideally, sconces should be hung close to eye-level or about 65-70" above the floor and equidistant from the center of the mirror or the area you are lighting.
If hanging sconces is not an option or the look you're after, the next option is a bath bar, a horizontal fixture mounted above the mirror (or, in some cases, on the mirror). They come in varying widths so make sure to choose one that is to scale with the size of your mirror. Bath bars should be hung approximately 75-80" above the floor.
Another bathroom vanity lighting option is pendant lighting, which is getting more and more popular, especially in contemporary bathrooms. The same rules for hanging sconces apply to pendants -- keep'em eye-level.
With pendants you want to make sure they are hung between 10" and 12" from the wall so the light hits the center of the countertop and the light is spread evenly across your face.
Sconces, bath bars or pendants shouldn't be the only source of light in a bathroom. Layer them in with recessed lights or pretty close-to-ceiling fixtures or a combination of the two, depending on your needs.
Image Sources: LMK Interiors; HGTV; Better Homes & Gardens; decorpad
Interior Design Trend: Stylish Plants
You really can never have too many plants in your home and the latest interior design trend is more plants, in a bigger variety, is better. If you don't have plans this weekend, try adding a plant or two.
Here's some inspiration to get your started...
Interior Design Trend: Herb Wall in the Kitchen
How about plants you can eat too? Herbs in the kitchen are both useful and pretty, especially on the wall in a modern style box shelf.
Interior Design Trend: Plants in the Bathroom
I always say, don't forget the bathroom when designing your home.The same goes for when you're adding plants.
Often times, the bathroom needs a little life and plants are a great way to add an organic element.
Interior Design Trend: Greenery Paired with Modern Furniture
Keep your home fresh with euro style furniture and lots of greenery. The all-white palette really allows the shades of green to pop.
Try adding a big ceiling fan and you can really make your interior feel like the outdoors and it helps circulate the air too.
Images from Atelier Green Street Blog, Purple ID, Design is Mine, Hege in France
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