Captivating Blue & Green Accent Interiors Under 55 Sqm (With Floor Plans)

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Blue and green accents shape the modern interiors of two homes, each measuring just under 55 square metres. Bright blue and rich green coloured elements captivate and charm, and visually expand the modest proportions of each place with their added interest. Each apartment also features custom fit workspace designs, set into window reveals of living rooms. Whilst we can revel in the open airiness of home number one, home number two amazes with an inventive floor plan that manages to squeeze three double bedrooms into just 52 square metres–without any of them looking like a broom closet. Check out the floor plans at the end of each tour for more space savvy ideas.


Designer: Studio Open  
Visualizer: Studio Open  

Entering at the living room dining room combo of home number one, we encounter a vivid blue dining set. This is a pivotal piece for the open plan room, due to its dominating colour and the predominantly white decor that surrounds it.

The 50.8 square metre home layout requires some astute furniture choices in order to maximise the feeling of space. A modern sofa design drops the arm rests in order to narrow its footprint. A small side table makes up for in colour what it lacks in surface area.

An ultra slimline floor reading lamp wraps the edge of the mini sectional sofa.

The blue chairs and matching round dining table stand out against a background of white kitchen cabinets and whisper grey walls.

A clear glass vase makes a simple centrepiece for the small dining table.

A single armed sputnik chandelier makes a sculptural addition to the neat dining area, its black stem contrasting boldly against the snowy white backdrop.

One blue chair pulls up at a minimalist home office area by the windows of the living room. A custom cut desktop spans the width of the window nook, and bespoke office shelves climb an alcove.

The cool grey and white one wall kitchen runs into a warm feature wall of natural wood, which makes a welcome addition to the stark room scheme. Two modern wall sconces dot a tiled backsplash in the kitchen, beside a minimalist chimney extractor.

In contradiction with the simplistic kitchen design, a unique soap dispenser brings interesting form and finish to the countertop.

Blue and multicolored modern artwork brightens up a grey painted brick wall.

The exposed brickwork continues down the hallway, adding texture and architectural character.

A decorative wall mirror punches smooth elliptical curves onto the rugged wall.

Another modern wall sconce lights the entryway.

The grey bedroom is enlivened with indoor plants.

Above the headboard, a plain wooden shelf disguises an LED reading light.

A dog sculpture peers inquisitively from the floor.

Blue framework builds a colourful open closet design in the bedroom, and another elliptical wall mirror with light serves the dressing area.

A lush green Swiss Cheese Plant and a magenta rubber ducky make colourful companions inside a very grey bathroom design.

The bathroom vanity light matches the other orb wall sconces seen in the kitchen design, hallway and bedroom. Green wall paint around the vanity area seems inspired by the natural beauty of Monstera Deliciosa leaves.

A half circle wall mirror completes the vanity set up, above a shallow modern vessel basin.

Floor plan.


Visualizer: Alexey Anisimov & Julya Chernova  

The second blue accented apartment is a 52 square metre layout with three bedrooms. A plush blue velvety accent chair lights up the lounge right off the bat, next to a grey modern sofa and a stylish black floor lamp.

The lounge area runs into a dedicated home office area, which is kitted out with smart storage and shelving for files.

Decorative wall pattern smokes and swirls beside an equally curvaceous modern desk chair design.

The modern home office desk is plenty long enough for two users (as illustrated on the floor plan at the end of the tour), with just enough space left over to squeeze past down the walkway into a neighbouring bedroom.

A rectangular coffee table crosses a geometric area rug, which plays on the chevron cut of the wood laminate flooring. Gypsum wall panels undulate waves of white across the upper half of the TV wall.

Cork tiles characterise the first bedroom, which is closed off by a portiere. Inside the sleeping nook, the headboard wall is a blue cushioned dream with chevron quilted upholstery. Repositionable wall sconces bend in from each side of the bed to provide reading light.

Green kitchen units are teamed with natural wood wall cabinets and a timber countertop.

A wooden breakfast nook bench dips into the L-shaped kitchen arrangement, situated beneath a bright window. Green cushions accent the banquette seat, and deep green dining chairs pull up alongside the small dining table.

Moving into the next bedroom we find a combination of blue and green decor elements.

Densely patterned blue wallpaper makes a striking backdrop.

A green comforter turns back to reveal a grey flip side.

The final bedroom we see is situated en route to the latter, so a portiere provides privacy once again.

Another lively wallpaper print adds individuality to the space.

A geometric patterned chest of drawers vibes with chevron weave bedroom curtains.

More sharp chevrons cut pattern into jade green bathroom tiles.

Laundry equipment hides behind bifold cabinet doors.

Timber planks clad the bathroom walls.

Blue poufs adorn an exquisitely tiled entryway floor.

Three bedroom floor plan.

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Spring Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

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Today is such a beautiful day! In February, we get a few days with clear skies and soft sun and it’s just enough sunshine to get me so excited for spring. I do most of my traveling in spring and fall, and I’ve been grounded since August when I went to Peru so I’m excited because….today I’m headed to Palm Springs! I’m there on a whirlwind trip for just 48 hours to tour the town, take pictures, and visit with one of my favorite cousins who lives nearby. We try to connect once a year so I’m excited to see him tomorrow! Follow along on my Insta stories tomorrow and Wednesday, I’ll be running around town photographing the iconic spots!

I received a request from a few readers for new desktop wallpapers, so I designed three new versions for spring. The 16 by 9 ratios work for most desktop monitors, and the 16 by 10 ratios work great for most laptops. Just click on the links below to download the .jpg file and use it as wallpaper on your computer or cellphone.The first design is this watercolor wash desktop and phone wallpaper, I’ve added a March calendar to it.

Watercolor Wash Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 9 ratio

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Watercolor Wash Cell phone wallpaper 9 by 16 ratio

 

Next is a climbing vine design, you may recognize it from this fabric pattern. 😉

Vine Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 9 ratio

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And finally a cherry blossom pattern.

Cherry Blossom Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 9 ratio

Cherry Blossom Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 10 ratio

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All wallpapers for personal use only.

I’ll share some of my Palm Springs adventures in my Instagram stories this week and I’ll be back Wednesday!

xo

How a Couple Left Their Stamp on Their Wedding—No Monogramming Involved

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The guests at your wedding are there to celebrate two people: you and your significant other. Most couples not-so-subtly remind everyone of this by plastering their names on signage, party favors, and even cocktail napkins. Elena Mahno and Asher Zafar took a different approach. The now-Brooklyn-based duo wed last summer in their hometown of Toronto—and there was no monogramming involved. 

“We decided to forgo many of the cultural expectations and re-create an evening with every detail being unique to us,” says Elena. Instead of a sit-down dinner, the couple had plates of food floating around the venue, Berkeley Fieldhouse, all night long. They said their vows under a giant chandelier of wisteria made out of paper, rather than a flower-laden arch. Their backgrounds (Elena is Eastern European; Asher is second-generation South Asian) played a big role in the vibrant, interactive installations, which they called on artist friends to create. The whole event—from the “I do’s” to the dessert—was undeniably them. Here’s how they put their subtle stamp on things. 

Designate a Room Inspired by Your Everyday Life 

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Tea was an important part of both Elena’s and Asher’s upbringings, but it has a major presence in their adulthood for different reasons: Elena has a bad habit of forgetting full cups around the house, and Asher is the one constantly picking them up. “He says I don’t like tea—I like the idea of tea,” says Elena, laughing. To honor this endearing ritual, they decided to turn a tree house on the property into a tearoom where guests could drink two different types of chai and explore the wooden spoons, Soviet-era cups, and saris they brought from home. 

“He says I don’t like tea—I like the idea of tea.”

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Everyone expects to see miniature versions of you and your spouse on the top tier. Colorful little dinosaurs, on the other hand? Elena peppered the spray-painted creatures over all the desserts and throughout the space as a low-key homage to Asher’s love for the Toronto Raptors; the team was in the NBA playoffs during the wedding. 

Get Everyone on Board

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The entire day was a group effort. Asher’s father recited a sehra (Urdu poem) during the ceremony, while a paper-artist friend designed and installed laser-cut panels inspired by images of the couple’s favorite places from around the world.

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Another pal lent them his Alfa Romeo Spider for the day, and when the car stalled on their way to the venue, a stranger rolled up his sleeves and pushed them out of traffic to safety.  

“Dig deeper and you’ll learn more about who you are as a couple.”

Skip the Gifts Table

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Instead, guests left letters and gift cards in a birdcage marked by embroidered hoops, which Elena used as signage throughout the space; the pair stretched patterns that were special to both of their cultures, such as paisley, across the rings. It’s easy to buy decor that’s already available on the market, but following your own path (even if your families don’t understand the vision at first) pays off. “Dig deeper and you’ll learn more about who you are as a couple,” says Elena. “It will manifest in a very authentic way. We don’t get to do that often in our lives.”

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Spring Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

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Today is such a beautiful day! In February, we get a few days with clear skies and soft sun and it’s just enough sunshine to get me so excited for spring. I do most of my traveling in spring and fall, and I’ve been grounded since August when I went to Peru so I’m excited because….today I’m headed to Palm Springs! I’m there on a whirlwind trip for just 48 hours to tour the town, take pictures, and visit with one of my favorite cousins who lives nearby. We try to connect once a year so I’m excited to see him tomorrow! Follow along on my Insta stories tomorrow and Wednesday, I’ll be running around town photographing the iconic spots!

I received a request from a few readers for new desktop wallpapers, so I designed three new versions for spring. The 16 by 9 ratios work for most desktop monitors, and the 16 by 10 ratios work great for most laptops. Just click on the links below to download the .jpg file and use it as wallpaper on your computer or cellphone.The first design is this watercolor wash desktop and phone wallpaper, I’ve added a March calendar to it.

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Next is a climbing vine design, you may recognize it from this fabric pattern. 😉

Vine Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 9 ratio

Vine Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 10 ratio

Vine Cellphone Wallpaper 9 by 16 ratio

 

And finally a cherry blossom pattern.

Cherry Blossom Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 9 ratio

Cherry Blossom Desktop Wallpaper 16 by 10 ratio

Cherry Blossom Cellphone Wallpaper

All wallpapers for personal use only.

I’ll share some of my Palm Springs adventures in my Instagram stories this week and I’ll be back Wednesday!

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50 Random Acts of Kindness

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I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s cute when little kids hand out Valentines to their classmates, and it’s sweet if your spouse or significant other recognizes your relationship in a small way, but to me it mostly feels like a forced display of affection that puts too much pressure on people to perform. I think it’s far more meaningful to tell someone you love them on a Tuesday in April than on a certain holiday we’ve designated on the calendar.

That being said, there’s another day to consider investing our time and money in. Monday is Random Acts of Kindness Day. To me, the most attractive quality in another human is kindness. Loyalty, honesty, and a great sense of humor are wonderful traits to have, but I’ve always measured how close someone will be in my life by how kind they are to their fellow humans.

We live in a fast paced society where we make our busyness our social status, but the truth is we all have an hour or two we can carve out of our schedule to practice kindness. In anticipation of Random Act of Kindness Day coming up on Monday, I offer these fifty ideas to choose from. 🙂

buy the coffee for the person behind you in line

offer to walk someone’s dog

write a heartfelt note or text to a friend to remind them why they are important to you

bring cookies to a nursing home

compliment a stranger

keep care packages in your car to hand out to the homeless

write thank you letters to men and women in the armed forces

spend time with an elderly relative or assist an elderly neighbor

give up your seat on a bus or train

offer assistance to someone in a stranded car

send someone a song with a text “thinking of you!”

volunteer for a non-profit once a month

stop and buy the lemonade from the kids with the lemonade stand

donate books and gifts to a children’s hospital

tutor a kid struggling in school

bring bagels and spread to your coworkers

tip your waiter generously

pay for someone’s overdue library fees

donate school supplies to classrooms

give your umbrella or jacket to a stranger

give grocery gift cards to someone struggling financially

plant a tree

sit with someone new at lunch at work or school

offer to share your table with a person dining alone

bring flowers to someone you know could use some cheering up

tell someone how nice their hair or clothes look today

call an old friend you haven’t spoken with in awhile

send printed photos of grandkids to grandparents

deliver a plant to the office of your significant other

shovel your neighbor’s driveway

offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn

leave a sticky note on a stranger’s car wishing them a nice day

donate backpacks or school supplies to struggling families

plan a “kids are the boss” day where the kids make the rules

tell the regular people who help you (barista, grocery clerk, custodian) that they matter

offer to babysit for free

offer to pick up goods for family and friends on a grocery or Costco run

sign up for be my eyes to assist the visually impaired

pick up someone’s dry cleaning for them

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send a text or make a phone call to someone just to ask “how are you today?”

offer to cook someone a meal during a hard time

invite a friend for a mani or pedi as an opportunity to catch up

pay the toll for the person behind you

put change in an expired meter

help someone with heavy bags at the airport

offer up your table at a busy restaurant

check in with someone who is ill

write a positive recommendation for a local business

give someone a great big warm hug!

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Pick a few on the list and get busy spreading some kindness around!

p.s. if you’d like a printable list, I made a PDF of these 50 random acts of kindness to print.:)

Weekend Reading 2.9.20

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Last week my daughter turned sixteen and on the day all I could think was I was just so so happy for her. I remember how sixteen was a major life shift for me. I couldn’t wait to experience the freedom of driving myself wherever I needed to go.

My daughter’s perspective is different. She was in no hurry to get her license on the day she turned 16. I think it’s because we live in a smaller town where everything is within biking or walking distance: her high school, her friends, and the places they like to hang out.

But maybe it’s because she feels no rush. She’s moving at her own pace. She has her permit and the training behind the wheel has begun, but she doesn’t share the urgency I had to be free as soon as possible. She’s on her own path, happy to drive the old family Honda the half mile it takes to get to school, when she’s ready.

Life has its stages and it’s delightful to be a witness to her transitioning, to her blooming and growing. It gives me great joy to see her moving slowly out into the world, in small steps, excited to experience all the good it has to offer.

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p.s. We lost Kirk Douglas this week. He holds a special place in my heart because my son used to clap and sing along to this song just about every day when he was three. Every human leaves an imprint, that was his on me.

The Best Platform Beds on the Market

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When it’s time to revamp the bedroom or guestroom, simple hacks could easily upscale the look of a room with very little effort. A platform bed, for example, is a great way of incorporating a raised bed into a space without having to hassle with bed frames and box springs, both of which could be heavy and expensive.

Best Basic Platform Bed

Foldable Metal Platform Bed

Foldable Metal Platform Bed

Made of durable steel with a sleek black finish; designed for sleepers up to 250 pounds

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Best Modern Platform Bed

Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support

Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support

14 inches with 13 inches of clearance under the frame for valuable under bed storage space

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Best Upholstered Bed Frame

Upholstered Bed with Storage

Upholstered Bed with Storage

Linen upholstered bed with Tufted details in the headboard

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Best Wooden Platform Bed

Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed

Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed

Sage grey cobblestone upholstery with Diamond stitching

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Best Slat Supported Bed Frame

Acacia Wood Platform Bed

Acacia Wood Platform Bed

Enjoy this beautiful wood platform bed with strong mattress support, no box spring needed

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Platform beds come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found in all types of materials, but the common factor between all platform beds is that they can seriously elevate the feel of a room. If you’re not sure about which platform bed would be best for your space, fear no more. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best platform beds you can find in the today’s markets.

Why a Platform Bed?

Platform beds are a really easy way to add height to a bed space and an elegant way to enhance a room. Since the platform itself is typically hidden away by sheets and furnishings, a platform remains the secret to a modern, upscale bedroom.

Platform beds are also cost effective. They are typically made of steel or strong metal and can easily be set up without the hassle of setup or high costs. Of course, each platform bed differs, and you can easily find the more upscale platform beds out there, but typically, a standard platform bed will not break the bank.

The Top Five Best Platform Beds

Whatever your bedroom needs, these platform beds are the perfect examples of how easy it is to incorporate a platform bed into your space. With so many great options to choose from, you can easily find the ideal platform bed for your lifestyle. Here is the best of the best.

1. Foldable Metal Platform Bed

The Amazon Basics Foldable Metal Platform Bed is a great choice for someone who needs a platform bed in an instant. There is not a lot of setup with this bed and it’s super easy to set up and furnish. This would be ideal for a kid’s bedroom or even a small guest bedroom.

This particular brand comes in all the standard sizes from twin to California king, so it’d be easy to practically and cost effectively fill every bedroom in your house with this easy to use, basic platform bed setup. This platform bed frame requires no box spring and can easily hold up to 250 pounds.

Best Basic Platform Bed

Foldable Metal Platform Bed

Foldable Metal Platform Bed

Made of durable steel with a sleek black finish; designed for sleepers up to 250 pounds

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Pros:

  • Can hold up to 250 pounds
  • Easy to set up
  • Comes in various sizes
  • No box spring needed
  • Has under the bed storage

Cons:

  • May be too flimsy for weights over 250 pounds
  • May be too high

2. Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support

The Zinus Abel Metal Platform Bed Frame is sleek, modern and completely trendy. The black wrought iron looking frame would easily fit into any modern apartment or bedroom no matter what the surrounding décor may look like. With this delicate frame, you can easily recreate your space to a bigger city look.

This particular bed frame is 14 inches high with 13 inches of available bed space underneath perfect for holding storage. This frame is extra durable and compact, so it can fit easily into most spaces without any issue. It assembles super easily and comes with a five-year warranty.

Best Modern Platform Bed

Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support

Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support

14 inches with 13 inches of clearance under the frame for valuable under bed storage space

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Pros:

  • 14 inches high
  • Easy to set up
  • Comes in various sizes
  • Sleek, modern design
  • Assembles easily

Cons:

  • May be too heavy for some
  • Black frame may not be desirable

3. Upholstered Bed with Storage

The DHP Rose Upholstered Bed Frame is the ideal bed frame for a thoughtfully furnished bedroom. This bed frame adds a cozy feel into any space due to its plush upholstery around the frame. An added bonus is that this bed has plenty of storage cabinets around it and can easily store all kinds of things to save space within a bedroom.

The upholstery on this bed frame is linen with tufted detailing which adds a level of elegance and class into the space. This bed frame does not require a box spring or any other foundation to complete the setup. It also includes center legs in the middle of the bed to create a more secure frame.

Best Upholstered Bed Frame

Upholstered Bed with Storage

Upholstered Bed with Storage

Linen upholstered bed with Tufted details in the headboard

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Pros:

  • Elegant, classy look
  • Tufted for extra detail
  • Made of linen
  • Contains plenty of storage space
  • Assembles easily

Cons:

  • May be too heavy for some
  • May be too bulky for certain bedrooms

4. Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed

The Zinus Shalini Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed is a fantastic modern spin on the traditional platform bed setup. This platform bed comes complete with knitted polyester and has strong wooden slat support that adds another level of secure comfort. This platform bed also comes in various standard sizes, from twin to king, so you have plenty of sizes to choose from.

The Zinus Shalini platform bed frame has a five year warranty and excellent customer service to help you on your way to ordering one of the classiest bed frames in the market. The knitted polyester and tufted back board are extra added touches to make the whole bedroom complete.

Best Wooden Platform Bed

Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed

Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed

Sage grey cobblestone upholstery with Diamond stitching

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Pros:

  • Elegant, classy look
  • Tufted for extra detail
  • Made of polyester
  • Comes in several colors
  • Assembles easily

Cons:

  • May be too heavy for some
  • May not fit all decor

5. Zinus 12 Inch Acacia Wood Platform Bed

The Zinus Acacia Wood Platform Bed incorporates the best of both worlds: the traditional feel of a well-executed platform bed and the modern look of a really elegant setup. This platform bed is supported by extra wooden slats that help keep the mattress in place and helps add more support to the main bulk of the platform.

No box spring is needed for this platform bed setup and due to the strong wooden slats, any type of mattress, from memory foam to latex, will be supported and be allowed to demonstrate its quality. This platform bed is easy to assemble and comes with all the necessary parts to help you on your way.

Best Slat Supported Bed Frame

Acacia Wood Platform Bed

Acacia Wood Platform Bed

Enjoy this beautiful wood platform bed with strong mattress support, no box spring needed

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Pros:

  • Modern, sleek look
  • Extra strong wooden slats
  • Built for extra support
  • Beautiful wood finish
  • Assembles easily

Cons:

  • May be too heavy for some
  • Wooden frame may not be for everyone

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are so many fantastic platform beds to choose from. Whether you prefer the more traditional look of a wooden platform bed or the sleek styling of a metal frame, you are sure to find just what you’re looking for within these five great options.

Each of these platform beds detailed come with great customer service support which can easily help you on your way to owning your next favorite platform bed. Each one is relatively easy to set up, as well, so if this is a one-person job, you don’t have to fret over it.

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Interiors That Show Brave Use Of Creative Finishes In Small Spaces

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It’s easy to imagine putting statement pieces into a large living space, bedroom or bathroom, but sometimes not so easy to envision them working in smaller quarters. Limited space can often lead to limited ideas on pattern, materials and panelling; feeling boxed in can stop us from thinking outside of the box. If you’ve struggled with this, then these three small home designs are all set to inspire you. Each of these homes contain modestly sized spaces that are styled with big ideas. The interiors boast their own modern characterful features and brave use of creative finishes, some of which you might only ever have imagined in larger proportions.


Designer: Obriy Architects  
Visualizer: Obriy Architects  

First up, we take a tour around a 50.5 square metre home, designed for a Dutch entrepreneur client in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Russet tones, cream and palest grey colour a modern scheme, with linear cuts and slick finishes. Even the soft furnishing materials have a linearity to them, with corduroy style rib running through the sofa upholstery, and ridged stripes in the tonal area rug.

The marble coffee table has a slatted effect, which runs in line with the wood grain laminate floor beneath.

The media wall is where we meet our first big idea for a small space. Despite the dimensions of the tiny living room, this wall is given a super eye-catching treatment. A stainless steel panel creates a high shine silver backdrop for a sleek black floating media unit. Visually, the panel and unit seem to pull together as one much bigger, more impressive piece of furniture. The reflective steel surface reflects light in the room, and so has a space widening effect too.

A projected clock is splashed above the media unit and panel ensemble. The huge digital clock digits dominate the lounge but take up no physical space at all.

The small open plan living space is roughly halved between lounge area and kitchen diner. The floor changes from wood laminate to terrazzo tile to mark the transition.

Talk about brave finishes in a small space! This all out terrazzo dining room is a showstopper, and if the terrazzo confetti-style pattern wasn’t enough, there is also a ribbed wall panel to turn up the texture. The base of the round dining table is ribbed to match, and even the vertical radiator complements the effect. Cream modern dining chairs sit crisply against the brave backdrop, and a simple glass vase dresses the table.

The L-shaped kitchen is a thing of modern beauty, with gorgeous wood grain cabinets and glowy backlit open shelving.

A unique table lamp provides the cosy glow in the lounge.

The end of the kitchen peninsula is dedicated to drinking glass storage, putting them in easy reach of the adjacent dining table.

Indoor plants in modern planters grow a tropical touch in the bedroom.

A sleek bedroom pendant light drops over the wide framed platform bed.

The wide bed frame negates the need for bedside tables.

A stunning metallic closet stands opposite the foot of the bed. An elegant elliptical mirror is poised outside of the mini walk-in.

Inside the bathroom, a unique beige bathroom set contrasts with super pale grey walls.

Beige bathroom tiles mark out a splash zone around the bathtub.

Perspective drawing.


Designer: HE.D group  
Visualizer: HE.D group  

Our second home is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. The lounge is a simple layout of a low backed modern sofa and a minimalist round coffee table.

Despite its minimalist beginnings, this home interior goes maximalist on detail and finishing techniques. At the edge of the lounge and the bedroom alike, portiere pull closed across enchanting curved partitions.

The small studio layout does not discourage the use of pattern here. Green-grey and beige pattern swirls across a marble effect kitchen. Red wall panels create strong contrast and visual heat.

At the other end of the spectrum, the bedroom is a calm and collected scheme of plain pale greys. Two bedside table lamps bring in a balance of black on beige night stands.

Just outside of the bedroom perimeter, a comfortable lounge chair and a floor reading lamp make up a reading nook.

The reading nook just about touches the kitchen dining bar, but the red wall beside it helps to define the separate zone.

The marble effect of the kitchen extends across its floor too, ensuring that the back wall of cabinets is securely linked with the kitchen island.

The green kitchen island inspires the decor palette of the home entryway.

A ceiling soffit spreads the green theme.

Even the inside of the closet is cohesive in colour scheme.

Red accents dominate a wild terrazzo bathroom design.

Heavy terrazzo covers not only the floor but the vanity as well.

A red faucet pops out of the wall mirror.

An unusual red framed shower screen tops off the unique look.


Designer: Archants  
Visualizer: Kate Gavryliuk  

Lastly, we visit a small apartment with grey and wood tone decor, which was designed for a pet-friendly couple. Bespoke furniture has been built around the perimeter to maximise the amount of floor space available for their pet–and to give fur balls nowhere to hide.

The base of the bed and built-in sofa are dedicated to storage. Steps have also been integrated into the base of the bed to assist the climb.

The side of the bed frame includes a lift-up hatch to stow away an extra throw for chilly nights. Another by the sofa is well placed for media accessories and magazines.

A photographic print of a furry friend takes pride of place at the end of the bed, next to a raw concrete pillar that gives the small bedroom a cool industrial vibe.

The small studio apartment design does not shy away from dark colours. A black kitchen makes a bold addition.

There is a peninsula that doubles as a dining area in the kitchen. A linear suspension light illuminates the eating area and kitchen sink at either end.

A terrazzo wall makes a surprising and stylish addition beside the peninsula.

Dark charcoal decor in the entryway builds a big first impression for the small home.

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