Appropriately described as a "dramatic jewelry box" by its owner, blogger Cassie of Hi Sugarplum, this tiny formal living room is a feast for the eyes. The small space looks twice its size thanks to a masterful mix of rich colors, contrasting patterns, and oversize furnishings. With so much to see, your eye doesn't know where to land -- a smart trick in a small room.
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Take the idea of an accent wall to the next level with a wallpapered ceiling. This particular design, with birds and clouds, practically begs to be hung from above -- and luckily, blogger Dina Holland from Honey & Fritz was listening. The bold wallpaper takes center stage, while neutral furnishings and small pops of color play supporting roles. Photo by Courtney Apple. Get more details at Honey and Fitz
Replacing traditional cabinetry with open shelving is an easy way to make a small kitchen look larger. But rather than play it safe with a simple backsplash, designer Kristin Jackson created an eye-catching herringbone pattern all the way up to the ceiling using white subway tiles and charcoal grout. The unique backsplash adds depth to the kitchen's narrow layout. Get more details at The Hunted Interior.
Create a rich, layered look in a tiny room by mixing design styles. In her son's small bedroom, Courtney from A Thoughtful Place combines traditional, rustic, and industrial elements for a space that feels cozy, not cluttered. The focal point is the dramatic accent wall made of reclaimed wood, which adds beautiful texture in an unexpected way. Get more details at A Thoughtful Place.
Any small space can be transformed into a modern man cave by bringing in a few essentials: a recliner, a TV, and some memorabilia. Because caves are supposed to be cozy, consider painting the walls a dark color. For this tiny 80-square-foot room, Haeley of Design Improvised and her husband chose gray paint with a hint of navy. Get more details at Design Improvised.
Add visual interest to a narrow entryway by painting the interior front door an unexpected bright color. Previously, Tanya's original white door blended into her white walls, which didn't make the space look any larger. However, her updated turquoise front door makes a much bigger impact, as evident in the before-and-after photos on her blog. Get more details at Dans Le Lakehouse.
Ironically, patterns that would overwhelm a large room tend to work well in small spaces like bathrooms. In this 3x6-foot half-bath, the hand-stenciled trellis in yellow and white functions to trick the eye, adding interesting dimension to the tiny room. Naomi's choice to use a vanity with negative space also lends to the illusion of a bigger powder room. Get more details at Mrs. Fancee.
Not sure how to make a big impact in a tiny room? Try sticking to a theme or color scheme. Blogger Alexis of Persia Lou did both when redecorating her children's shared bedroom, using vintage Disneyland pennants as her inspiration. Thanks to space-saving bunk beds, the colorful room with retro appeal doesn't look as small as its 11x11-foot measurements. Get more details at Persia Lou.
When your home office is just a nook off the kitchen, the temptation might be to keep the decor as simple as possible. Blogger Virginia of Fynes Designs went the opposite direction, adding a textured plank wall and a unique hanging light fixture. The result is a tiny office with more character than most full-size rooms. Get more details at Fynes Designs.
The built-in bookcases and window seat might have cost this small room an extra 18 inches, but they couldn't take away any of its style. Megan of Honey We're Home didn't skimp on the details when decorating her baby girl's nursery. We especially love the striped purple and white ceiling and the oversize art.
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Shop your home to find decorative objects to adorn a small bathroom. The gold mirror, originally hanging in the homeowners' kitchen, is a perfect complement to the navy walls and white subway tiles.
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A powder room doesn't have to be done up in white and bright colors to look larger. For her half-bath makeover, blogger Rocio of Casa Haus went with dark gray walls, a wall-to-wall vanity, and an oversize mirror. The white sink, hand towel, and accent wall help keep the tiny bathroom from feeling too heavy. Get more details at Casa Haus.
Besides color and pattern, incorporating unexpected accents is a third way to add personality to a small room. In this kitchen, the faux brick backsplash (complete with slight variations in tone) was hand-painted by Lydia of Pudel Design. When she swapped her light-color floor for dark tiles, the decorative element popped even more. Get more details at Pudel Design.
When should you paint your small room white? When the space gets plenty of natural light, like this hangout room that Jennifer of The Pink Pagoda redesigned as part of The One Room Challenge. She perked up her daughter's extra room using a rainbow assortment of colors and patterns, including texture-rich Otomi fabric.
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