22 Small Spaces to Inspire You

Small rooms, big on style

Updated on June 22, 2017 8:06 am

Samantha Echavez

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Living in tight quarters? Experts believe that limited square footage shouldn't cramp your style.

"You may not have a small home, but nearly all of us around the world have at least one small room that we don’t know how to handle, such as an entryway or a galley kitchen," says Maxwell Ryan, author of Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. "In interior design, 'big' is not our common language—'small' is."

Cop design inspiration from these small spaces that wow:


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1. Can you accommodate three beds in one room? Possible. This girls' bedroom shows just that. It's painted in neutral colours and furnished with neutral pieces and light bed linens to make it look less cramped and more airy.

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2. When you're faced with the task of designing a small living room, you turn to charming details to make it stand out. Neutral hues are maximised in this living room to make it look bigger. Pops of colour from the pillows and accents and the stencilled quote add visual interest.

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3. The kitchen, dining area, and living room are stylishly interconnected in this 42-square-metre home. Quirky and playful details like the wall clock, colourful backsplash, and artwork are set against the white backdrop to create a cosy and charming family home.

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4. When designing a small space, glass, acrylic, and lucite materials are your best friends. This small living room looks spacious and airy because of the visually light materials, plus the mirror that helps double its size.

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5. This small apartment exudes modern Scandinavian charm, thanks to its kitchen bar cum divider that separates the kitchen from the living room (the chalkboard wall is quite lovely). The platform bed that opens up to the living area features under-the-bed storage.


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6. This open-plan layout features light palette that easily makes the area look bigger than it is. Drapes by the door leading to the balcony give a soft and light touch to this home.


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7. Yes, you can have a walk-in wardrobe in your not-so-big bedroom. Position the wardrobe between the bed and the wall which will front it. Like in this bedroom, you can even transform the back panel of the wardrobe into a feature wall.

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8. This warm Asian-themed flat makes use of a curtain to separate the dining room from the living area. Not only does the silk and sheer curtain panel make for a budget-friendly divider, it also adds a sophisticated flair to the flat.

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9. Add the illusion of space in your living zone by using neutral furnishings and flooring. This living room is filled with pale blues and neutrals to look sophisticatedly spacious.

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10. Make bright colours and prints come together in your home—just make sure you use a calm, neutral base. This Parisian flat is vividly wonderful, emphasising the importance of making your home personalised and welcoming, no matter how small.

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11. Don't give up on your tiny balcony just yet. Make it charming and guest-worthy by using floral prints, adding a flower box by the railing, and furnishing it with an upholstered bench.

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12. A seriously small bathroom can gain scale and visual presence when it's wrapped in bold wallpaper and peppered with artworks and accents. And don't forget the fresh flowers!

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13. This bedroom's blue-and-white striped headboard seamlessly blends with the matching wall, making the room feel bigger and brighter. The nightstand's visually light legs also allow light to pass through.

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14. Small and boxy bedrooms can be wrapped in stunning and statement-making wallpaper. In this bedroom, even the fabrics of the roman blinds match the walls. More pops of colour from the bed and the nightstand give this bedroom an eclectic and energetic vibe.

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15. A small nook is enough to accommodate a single-size bed and a stack of books as a nightstand. The use of black and white gives this small apartment a contemporary elegant feel.

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16. This small and seemingly spartan kitchen gets a stylish boost from the black and white checkerboard tiles. Using bold flooring does make your kitchen more lively.

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17. Light palette and slim furniture pieces and accessories transform this small bedroom into a stylish Scandinavian space. Glass doors let the light in, making the place brighter.

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18. Don't forget unused and awkward corners in your home. Tiffany blue flea market finds and a traditional table give this corner charm and character.

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19. A dainty floral wallpaper that functions as feature wall and focal point transforms this bedroom from cramped to chic.

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20. This bedroom has a bunk bed with built-in desk to solve small space woes and score enough space to accommodate a sofa. Hanging rails and wall pegs make use of vertical spaces and keep the room clutter-free.

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21. Limited space didn't stop this open concept apartment from appearing stylish and inviting. Neutral furnishings and sleek and clean lines make this room contemporary chic. Bursts of fire engine red provide a dramatic flair.

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22. One way to style your studio is to fill it with curated curiosities, travel souvenirs, and other sentimental items.


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Cover photo courtesy of Home Designing

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