Make a Small House Live Large

Transform tight into just right with these simple ideas.

Design Smart

Jean Allsopp

Design Smart

Make the most of cozy quarters with custom built-ins. Forgo freestanding furniture and try innovative storage solutions that can be built into walls or bed frames. Opt for wired wall sconces in lieu of table lamps to keep surfaces clutter-free.

Raise the Roof

Jean Allsopp

Raise the Roof

Expose ceiling rafters and take advantage of attic space. Painting ceilings an ocean blue hue makes them appear higher.

See the Light

Jean Allsopp

See the Light

Abundant windows and glass-paned doors allow sunlight light to pour inside. The seamless transition between indoors and out makes the room appear larger. Open up a tight kitchen with floating shelves. While they won’t hide toasters and coffeemakers, they’re a sleek alternative to upper cabinetry, which often overwhelms a tiny space.

Go White

Jean Allsopp

Go White

Dress small spaces in white and hang mirrors to lend even a tiny room an airy feel.

Blue and white dining area

Jean Allsopp

Open Up

Maximize square footage with an open floor plan. Eliminate unnecessary nonstructural walls and let breezes and conversation flow between rooms.

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