Mini Living Spaces

You really can do more than expected with limited square footage. Inventive solutions to the familiar problems of condensed living abound in these featured homes.

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Juan Carlos Alonso moved to Miami from Venezuela via Mexico, so he was certainly used to sunny spaces. But normally they were a lot bigger. He bought this place because it had so much potential — very high ceilings, tons of light, and serendipitously all his furniture matched. Since the walls and ceiling were gray concrete, Alonso decided to paint on pizzazz.

The original flooring just didn't have the vibrancy Alonso was looking for, so he painted his floors a deep red. When living in an open floor plan use the same flooring throughout; it keeps the eye moving and makes the space seem bigger. Alonso keeps the flow in the space with glass tabletops for dining and coffee tables. He also hung the curtains that separate the bedroom lower than the ceiling. This elongates the space and draws attention to the high ceilings. It also allows light flow throughout the space even when the curtains are drawn.