Designers invite us inside for a closer look at their colorful cottages.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Illusions of space. Painting this built-in bookcase the same color as the walls makes the small living area look bigger because it doesn't interrupt visual movement throughout the space. The shelves provide a perfect backdrop for brightly colored accent pieces. Just don't overdo it with accessories or you'll start to crowd-and thus shrink-the space.