These rooms show you that small spaces can be super-efficient without sacrificing style.
Integrating a recessed daybed into this room's design maximized limited floor space and eliminated the need to buy additional furniture. Cushions and pillows covered with plush fabrics make this alcove cushy and inviting, and overhead lighting offers illumination.
Hang an oversize mirror in a dining area to make the room appear larger than it is. Position the mirror opposite a bank of windows to maximize the amount of natural light reflected throughout the space.
Transform the often-unused space at the top of the stairs into a destination. Built-in bench seating capitalizes on the sunny window of this second-floor landing, creating a cozy reading retreat. Divided compartments under the bench cushion provide clever storage for reading material.
Most people slap a coat of white paint onto their ceiling and call it quits, but creative use of the space can reap room-enlarging results. A beamed ceiling takes this room to new heights, while board-and-batten paneling adds substance to the room's sherbet color palette.
Turn a closet or nook into a work zone. In this space, drapery panels slide along a curtain rod to make it easy to conceal the clutter. Even without an architectural niche or bay, you can duplicate this effect by curtaining off an area across the width of a room -- just hang the drapes from a rod or thin wire suspended from the ceiling.
Nesting tables are perfect for squeezing a lot of storage out of minimum space. Pull out the lower table when you need an extra surface for holding drinks or reading material, then tuck it away when you're done. On the lower shelf, a stylish fabric-covered bin keeps DVDs accessible but contained.
Get big style from a small space through careful design. Tall cabinets stretch to the ceiling, and a mixture of light woods and reflective stainless steel keeps the space clean and open.