Great minds really do think alike. In the past week, three of the interior design blogs that I frequent have done posts on beautiful, small (sometimes tiny!) spaces that are anything but cramped and cluttered. This is especially pertinent to European living where houses and apartments tend to be smaller than in America, but that's not to say you can't get some great ideas from these posts if you live in a big house. Below, I break it down for you.
In this Paris apartment, the homeowner used floating shelves in the entryway to avoid using a piece of furniture which would take up floor space and make the space feel smaller. Another smart tip: hang mirrors to reflect the light. If you notice, there's a mirror hanging over the shelves by the door which help make the space feel bright and airy.
In this Canadian tree house (can we take a minute to talk about how cool it is to live in a tree house?) the homeowners carved out enough space for themselves, their kids, and a dog. Smart tips from their space? Use a day bed in the living room which does double duty as a sofa and a bed. Also, take advantage of the great outdoors, if you're lucky enough to have access to it. This patio is practically a second living room.
And finally in this Swedish apartment, the homeowners have made the most of 39 square meters which, if you know your conversions, is pretty darn small. The greatest ideas here are 1) paint your walls a bright white color so your space feels clean and light and 2) make use of vertical space. Who says your bed can't be up by the ceiling?
I have to admit it---my favorite space is the last one. There's something about a sparsely decorated, mostly white space that gets me every time.
Which one do you like best?
(Photos: French by Design, Apartment Therapy, Delikatissen)