Master Luxe Style in a Small Space
Black, White, and Effortlessly Cool
Can you say effortlessly chic? Space-expanding white takes the living room to new heights, while punchy jewel tones and touches of wood add warmth and life. A home-center bookshelf looks like a pricey built-in thanks to simple enhancements like glass doors. A height-extension unit beneath two shelves creates a staggered look.
A few creative touches gave these basic pillows new life. To add pizzazz, the homeowner used felted-wool pom-poms found on Amazon to embellish the edges.
Old Made New
Sturdy pieces with good lines have major makeover potential. This hand-me-down credenza was sized right for the petite living room, so it was repurposed as a chic console using paint.
Gold-dipped legs and funky hardware elevate a could-be-boring credenza into a fashionable focal point.
Who says you can't afford the finer things? This kitchen is a testament to the magic of moderation. Marble tile from The Home Depot stretches from countertop to ceiling for maximum impact. Grout lines, slightly wider than typical, emphasize the subway-tile pattern's beauty. The total cost for 75 square feet of tile was just $428.
White Paint Colors for Cabinets
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Open shelves lend airiness to small spaces, and even more so when the shelves fade into the backsplash to let the design take center stage. For a mod twist on classic open shelves, the shelves were affixed bracket-side-up.
Whether your kitchen lacks a window sill, or you simply prefer to reserve your countertops for cooking essentials, look to vertical spaces to maximize your kitchen's potential. A petite pocket planter affixed to cabinets is great for growing herbs and keeping them within easy reach.
The kitchen's dingy laminate countertops were ditched in favor of two slabs of butcher block from IKEA. A DIY stain treatment gives them time-worn appeal.
Bring On the Drama
Nothing makes a bold impression quite like high-contrast wallpaper, and this black-and-white tree-theme design does the trick. A mod tulip table hugged by plush vintage chairs puts the homeowner's expert melding of old and new on display.
Moody Done Right
Moody hues get the job done in this soothing contemporary work space when paired with crisp white, wood, and punchy graphics.
Brass adhesive bookplates attached to basic cabinets boost style and make organization a breeze.
To create your own Warhol-esque silhouette art, project your pet's shadow onto colored paper, then trace it. Cut it out with a crafts knife, then mount to a white background with stacked adhesive dots to give the cutout dimension.
Snappy Style for Less
A few savvy updates give this bedroom a luxe look for a tiny price tag. The once-white light fixture was spray-painted copper for a rich look at a fraction of the cost, and vinyl adhesive drawer fronts customize the dresser for a dime.
The bedroom fireplace featured a dated tile surround, so the homeowner painted it classic white and sealed it with water-base polyurethane. The fireplace logs are short lengths, pruned from a family apple tree.
Tiny Bath, Big Personality
A powder room is a prime place to play with wallpaper. When this small bath was in need of a refresh, quirky ostrich wallpaper and a simple-but-stylish navy, white, and gold color scheme came to the rescue.
Small baths have little square footage to spare for non-essential items, but this one packs in personality by using the walls. Space-savvy picture ledges line the walls, housing trinkets, framed postcards, and handmade artwork.
Painters tape and black fabric paint were used to make a bold, graphic statement on this curtain.