Inspiring Small Spaces

Don't let the lack of square footage stifle creativity. See how designers and Rate My Spacers transform their tiny digs.
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November 25, 2014

Photo By: Design by Sarah Richardson

Photo By: HGTV fan Tetbury

Use the Entire Wall

Be a collector and a small space dweller with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, like the ones designer Luis Caicedo created for this book lover's bedroom. Different sized alcoves create visual interest and fit the need for larger and smaller books without wasting any space.

No Wasted Space

When working with a small room, use every possible area. Designer Sarah Richardson finds an antique cabinet to fit perfectly between the two coat closets in the cottage mudroom. It provides extra storage below and still allows room for a beautiful vignette. Colorful red doors add a punch of color to this mostly neutral palette.

Smart Furnishings

Floating nightstands are a perfect solution for petite bedrooms. Most have a drawer or an open area for storage, but they don't take up valuable floor space, which helps the room look larger than it actually is. Design by Rethink Design Studio.

Maximize Your View

A favorite accessory for anyone decorating a small room, mirrors make a space appear larger and create appealing views, especially when placed across a favorite piece of artwork, cool furnishings or a well-designed display. Design by RMSer TheSharps.

Stand Out Pattern

Expand the room visually with an oversized graphic that can also act as a one-of-a-kind headboard. RMSer Rethink Design Studio uses a calming neutral palette to push back the walls and adds a collection of small mirrors to bounce light around the room.

Open Up the Walls

Don't weigh down kitchen walls with bulky cabinets. Use colorful open shelving to create the illusion of more space, while still providing plenty of storage. Design by Sarah Richardson.

Everything in Its Place

Tiny pantry? No problem. Use fun woven and wire baskets to keep all your pantry staples in line. Place similar items together on the shelves and make sure the space is well lit. Design by Rethink Design Studio.

Two Rooms in One

Get the most out of a small space by having it serve double duty. In this home office/guest bedroom, designer Erica Islas uses a desk that slides out of the way so a Murphy bed can be pulled down when guests are staying.

Built-In Alcoves

A corner between two windows often stays empty because it's hard to find a piece of furniture that fits. Transform it with a built-in corner cabinet to display collectibles, like RMSer Tetbury, or to store books and magazines.

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