Master Luxe Style in a Small Space
At a mere 900 square feet, this Kentucky house teaches lots of lessons about how to maximize style in a small setting. See how it relies on bright hues, contrasting materials, and savvy furniture to stretch square footage.
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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.
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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.
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Gold-dipped legs and funky hardware elevate a could-be-boring credenza into a fashionable focal point.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Moody Done Right
Moody hues get the job done in this soothing contemporary work space when paired with crisp white, wood, and punchy graphics.
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Brass adhesive bookplates attached to basic cabinets boost style and make organization a breeze.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Painters tape and black fabric paint were used to make a bold, graphic statement on this curtain.