interior design ideas
Wall mounted bedside table
. Ett Hem, a hotel in Stockholm, is filled with great design ideas. A clever space saver for smaller bedrooms is this bedside table, which is built into the panelling of the wall.
The white wash
. One way to deal with a small space effectively is through harnessing the power of colour. Designer and author Claire Lloyd and her artist husband Matthew Usman have chosen a chaste palate that virtually erases the perimeters of this tiny bedroom. Painting out the awkwardly placed window also helps to give the room a feeling of cohesion. The eye is then drawn irresistibly to the few notes of colour and detail that the room has to offer, meaning th
Small bedroom in a cotswolds cottage
. This cottage is now a part of us, an effortless comfort blanket, says designer Caroline Holdaway of the adorable Cotswolds cottage she shares with her photographer partner, Fatimah Namdar, on weekends. The wall shelves in the spare room along with providing storage draw the eye up, making the cosy ceilings appear higher, while a chair provides double duty as a bedside table. An olive stripe flatweave rug from Sinclair Till contrasts with a v
Behind the bookshelves
. If you dont have space for all your glassware in the kitchen, listen in. Designed by owner and decorator Emma Burns of Colefax & Fowler this gem of a pantry is concealed behind a bookcase. Long shelves store her collection of crockery and picnic paraphernalia.
Office corner desk
. If you dont have room for a dedicated study take note. Having commissioned an award winning newbuild in Suffolk, the owners entrusted its decoration to interior designer Virginia White. The gallery leading to the spare bedrooms has been turned into a self contained study, where Virgina chose a corner desk attatched the mezzanine wall to minimise the amount of floor space used.
Grey tongue and groove panelling
. Small spaces can be the hardest rooms to get right. The DNA of small rooms from bathrooms to bedrooms, are made to test the limits of your design ideas. This newly renovated eighteenth century farmers house was completely restructured to create a sense of comfort and space. Designed by Caroline Holdaway and Fatimah Namdar, the grey horizontal panelled bathroom utilises every inch of space. Using contrasting shelving and a light and airy colour s
Hide and seek
. This living room by Philippa Thorp is actually much smaller than it appears. Every drop of space has been utilised, and every trick in the book employed, to make the space feel bigger and lighter. We needed to fit a three bedroom house into just 93 square metres without its seeming squeezed, says Philippa, so we had to make excellent use of space. It was also very dark. We basically gutted it and started again, to bring in as much light as possi
. Dont think you have room for a dressing table? Try this idea from interior designer Jane Taylors London flat. Here, a mirror lined dressing table fits into the window reveal in the main bedroom. If youre extra short on space, the table can also double as a stylish desk.
. How do you solve a problem like a 17m? studio apartment? If youre our decorating team, by using a whole lot of stylish space saving ideas. One example: Forgo a cumbersome wardrobe for separate storage crates and hanging rails, which can be hidden behind a decorative curtain. See where to get the look here.
Small bedroom in a converted barn
. Were you to read that, when designing a house of the Seven Dwarves in the animated film version of Snow White, Disneys artists had taken their inspiration from early photographs of this very eighteenth century barn, you might well believe it. However, youd be off by several decades, for although the main footprint of this fairytale Oxfordshire barn is original, much of its glorious eccentricity and atmosphere is totally fake. Lincoln and Tish Se
Sunny side up
. Bright yellow paint works as a perfect foil to white industrial tiles and gold accessories in this London bathroom.
Under stairs storage
. In one of Kensingtons original genteel residences, designer Cindy Leveson has risen to the challenge of opening out and updating a nineteenth century house to create elegantly functional twenty first century living spaces for the owners and their young family. This staircase leading down to the basement extension, was designed by Holloways of Ludlow and utilises every inch of space, with shelving alcoves cut in to the wall and custom made painted
Modern storage in a dining area
. This small house in Knightsbridge belonging to cartoonist and interior designer Sally Ann Lasson was completely reconfigured to create a comfortable home with a sense of spaciousness. The smaller the place, the more the storage, the more hooks, the more shelves you need, she says. Tulip chairs add a modern note to the dining room. The high shelf tucked in the corner provides welcome storage, the vase on top drawing the eye to the ceiling.
Straight and narrow
. The proportions of these houses are not particularly good, they are a little too tall and a little too narrow says interior designer Cindy Leveson of the hallway of this nineteenth century house designed in collaboration with Holloways of Ludlow. The rooms have been opened up and the hall wall removed and replaced by almost invisible sliding doors, which disappear into deep reveals. The elegant, painted corner cupboard opens to reveal a practical
. Make the most of the space under the stairs by turning it in to a walk in larder like this designed by Plain English. Luxurious touches like a honed Carrara marble worktop, a wine rack and linen lined baskets for holding fruit and bread make it a joy to use.
. Utilise that strange little space in your house by turning it in to a smart utility room like this in west London by Clare Stevenson and Claire Sa from architectural practice De Rosee Sa.Find a similar traditional Sheila Maid clothes dryer at Garden Trading. Raised and lowered from the ceiling with a jute rope, it is perfectly suited to small rooms with a lack of floor space.
. Interior designer Beata Heuman has worked hard to achieve visual unity throughout her small London flat by replacing mismatched flooring with engineered boards, and picking fabrics in large scale prints but soft toning shades. Less is more when it comes to colour, she adds. Farrow & Balls Pavillion Gray on the walls gives a sophisticated evening mood.Above the doorframe she has used mirrors to reflect the light, and create an illusion of space a
Up the wall
. Storage space is often the biggest hindrance when trying to make small spaces work. A problem which Clare Stevenson and Claire Sa, from architectural practice De Rosee Sa, have tackled with neat aplomb in the Victorian terrace house in west London. This storage wall, with masses of drawers and space for the television, is smart, cozy and useful.
. A small workspace with space saving pocket doors is concealed in a kitchen cupboard in this Victorian terrace house in west London by Clare Stevenson and Claire Sa, from architectural practice De Rosee Sa.
. If you dont have much floor space, utilise your walls. Space has been maximised in this tiny bathroom with built in shelves.
. Mirror is a vital tool in the armoury of anyone designing a small room. Use it to reflect light and create an illusion of space. Here mirrored Ikea Pax wardrobes flanking the window emphasise the view on to leafy Brompton Cemetery in interior designer Beata Heumans flat. The blinds are in Serafina white by Marvic.
. Interior designer Ilse Crawford has created a perfect little nook by installing a wooden bench in an awkward corner at the bottom of a staircase.
. This tiny bedroom in the country cottage of Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen obeys one of the cardinal rules of small space design. Dont feel that just because the space is small the furniture or patterns have to be. In this space the bed takes up the majority of the room, and a bold red floral used over bed and window gives a punch of character which nods to the English country cottage tradition. Adding light to rooms with low ceilings is cru
. This tiny attic bathroom in the country cottage of designer Paolo Moschino makes maximum use of the space, without scrimping on style. In order to allow room for the sink and bath, they are cleverly fused together.
. Designer Ann Boyds tiny London pied a terre is packed with useful ideas. In the bathroom she has installed a short projection loo, and wall hung basin both from Bathstore to free up space. These have been used in combination with a backdrop of mirror glass panelling to cheat the rooms compact proportions.
The design mirror
. The design of this small attic bathroom by Todhunter Earle for a chalet in Chamonix, is practically perfect see the rest of the room here. A panel of mirror glass that works with the shape of the room, makes the sloped ceiling feel higher and the room bigger.
. Make the city guest room a place where people can have an escape of sorts, suggests designer Veere Grenney, the creator of this jewel of a room. The fabric covered walls and tented ceiling feel luxurious and exotic; it is hard to remember you are in the middle of London. A shelf full of good books is an imperative; here it is built in to the wall at the foot of the bed as there was no room for a standing shelf. It is the easiest way to give a roo
. Open shelving has been fixed to the back of the mirror panelled bedhead in designer Ann Boyds small home create a walk in wardrobe space tucked away from view.
. Samuel and Caitlin Dowe Sandes, the owners of Moroccan tile company Popham Design have decorated their riad, in the heart of Marrakechs medina, using crisp colour and pieces sourced from the local souk. Utilizing a small narrow space, the blue wall draws the eye to the back of the room where the bed had been placed on a raised platform.
Stagger your storage
. Remember that storage doesnt necessarily have to be in the bedroom. If you have a corridor near the room consider utilising that as a place to put wardrobes, as designer Philippa Thorpe has in this Chelsea house.
Small room big bed
. Just because the room is small doesnt mean the bed has to be. We love the elegant four poster from Guinevere, in this house in Cap Ferret designed by Guy Allemand and Jonathan Tuckey. Furnished sparingly, apart from the fantastically clever storage flanking the door; the lack of furniture makes the view of the sea beyond the balcony doors the main event.
Light filled living room
. Designer Ann Boyds tiny London pied a terre is packed with useful ideas, including making use of natural light and mirrors to expand the space. Ann has forged a reputation for creating crisp, elegant, predominantly pale interiors even on a small scale. Its not in my nature to live with strident colours; I like serenity, she says. Most of the furniture, has been recycled from her old flat; putting favourite things into a new environment creates
From boiler room to bar
. Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons own the second smallest house in Manhattan, measuring just 1,200 square feet. Thanks to their clever handiwork, it has a sense of spaciousness that belies its bitsy fa?ade. One of their space enhancing ideas? The bar was once a boiler room excellent design inspiration for a tiny kitchen and proof that dark colours can work equally well in a small space.
. Wondering how to fit a bath and a shower in to a small, sloped attic space? Take inspiration from this design by Todhunter Earle for a chalet in Chamonix. The space is enlivened with iridescent tiles by French company Emery & Cie.
Around the corner
. Spend as much as possible on the joinery the things that you touch and use all the time, says interior designer Hugh Leslie, whose Chelsea house is a testament to this mantra. In the dressing room a sloped wall has been beautifully utilized with a chest of drawers and a cupboard.
. I planned this room around some old silk ikat I found in Istanbul, says designer Jane Churchill of the two bedroomed terrace house in London to which she downsized. I designed two chairs for it without armrests but with curved backs for comfort, as there is no space for armchairs.
. Clever shelving can show off your best kitchen accessories, while a well placed curtain can hide what you dont want seen. Stackable chairs and a display of utensils on the wall also can free up much needed space in a small kitchen.
Tiny and totally moorish
. A tiny bedroom doesnt have to be dull as this Moroccan style space shows. The natural architecture allows for an in built nightstand, while the other accoutrements are added to the wall including the headboard and lamp. The DIY trim of cotton pom poms Sherbert Pips, ?7.95 a metre from Clothkits on the bedcover adds an inspired touch, while the matching Designers Guild curtains and cushion both Savine, ?140 a metre ties it all together.
. In the designer Hugh Leslies London flat, Artemide Dioscuri lights float on the surface of the mirror like bubbles in a bath. The motif is echoed in the handles of the teal cabinets, which were designed by Hugh, providing plenty of much needed storage in the small space.
Compact cupboard kitchen
. A cupboard kitchen takes the place of exposed kitchen units a practical and good looking alternative you can see the kitchen when its all folded up here. A drop leaf dining table can be discreetly folded against a wall when not in use. Compact Kitchen, including stainless steel splashback with shelves and worktop with integral sink, drainer and two electric rings,549 as pictured, at Space Savers. For full credits, visit here.
. No extra room for an office? We love the way this landing has been utilized as a desk space by designers Turner Pocock.
Tiny cottage kitchen
. The great thing about a tiny kitchen? It can be so cosy. Here, a small sink Udden, ?105 at Ikea is paired with a William Yeoward linen curtain Khalana in marine, ?55 a metre.
. This glamorous chalet in the French Alps designed by Kate Earle of Todhunter Earle has plenty of tips for teeny tiny homes especially in the bedroom department witness exhibit A and exhibit B. In this room, a united colour scheme punctuated with a zigzag rug keeps everything looking sleek particularly the ample storage provided by the large wardrobe and matching nightstand. The wall mounted bedside light is another space saving trick.
Light it up
. Careful consideration of every socket, shelf and lighting source has transformed a poky bathroom in to an inviting space. The designer Juliette Byrne enlisted lighting designer Sally Storey of John Cullen for the job, installing hidden LEDs to change the feel of the space. So often people consider these things after the carpentry has been done, but we were able to plan in advance which was a joy, says Sally. We used lights on top of mirrors, and
Mix it up
. The kitchen in interior designer Jane Taylors flat features storage ideas galore including this clever corner which mixes and matches shelving to brilliant, space saving effect.
Pattern in neutral
. Wondering what colour scheme to use in a small bedroom? In this small Chelsea house, interior designer Philippa Thorp has ingeniously used every centimetre of space. The scheme revolves around calm neutral patterns and clean lines, highlighted by eye catching abstract paintings including this one by Lasse Skarbovik.
. Interior designer Jane Taylor has taken an awkwardly shaped little corner of the dining room in her London home, and hidden it behind a bookshelf, turning it in to a miniature study for her husband Simon containing a desk and shelves. Height has been utilzed with shelves all the way to the ceiling, accessed by a fold away step ladder.
. In this tiny en suite, Gytha Bouchon of Nuttall Home has created an ingenious hybrid that can be used as both bath and shower. A custom made Corian tub has been installed with steps leading down from the bedroom. Taps have been kept at standing height for ease of use.
Su su studio
. For The Bigger Picture photo shoot, our decorating team took on the challenge of a 17m? studio apartment. They gave the main studio room an injection of personality with a graphic rug and toile wallpaper, while the high display shelf draws the eye to create the illusion of height. Best of all? At night, the chairs which are actually sofa beds can be pushed together to become a stylish double bed. See the room in its bedroom form here.
Look for the light
. Where does the light in the room come from, and how can you maximise it? These are the first things you should think of when decorating a small room. Interior designer Ann Boyds mirror panelling is a masterstroke. It adds a huge amount of depth. I suggest putting it near or opposite a window; youll be amazed at how much bigger the room feels, and how they bounce the light around, she says. Getting the spaces between the panels right is so importa
. In small living rooms overhead storage can be a life saver. The built in cabinetry enclosing the sofa in this house by Paolo Moschino creates a cozy, decorative nook.
Small studio living room
. The pi?ce de r?sistance of this tiny house, a former artists studio in Chelsea designed by Eve Mercier, is the original Perspex roof on the upper floor, which lends the small living room the feel of a conservatory and creates the illusion of space.
. This clever tree like shelf on which you can also hang coats and bags is perfect for itty bitty entryways and can also be used in the kitchen. Stack plates, bowls and mugs underneath and hang utensils like sieves from the pegs.
. Simplify your life pass on anything you havent used in 18 months to a charity shop or put it on Freecycle. Clothes, shoes, crockery, the works. The owners of this house, decorated by David Bentheim, disposed of much of what they had collected over the years to downsize and start again. If they can do it, so can you. A neutral colour scheme keeps things streamlined, while the bench, artwork, books and flowers add a punctuation of colour.
Try retro colours
. Designer Mark Gillette makes careful use of colour and lighting in his flat, proving that even small spaces can handle a dark, dramatic palette of jewel like amber offset with black and white. Im not afraid of colour, but I like to keep it contained, he says. The well positioned light above the bed is useful for reading but also spotlights the white bedding, bringing light and space to the centre of the room. The clothes storage is also a clever
Wrap your desk around the room
. Emma Chapman of blog A Beautiful Mess created a wrap around desk in a corner in her home, leaving the centre of the room uncluttered. A couple of compact, stool height chairs means she and her husband, Trey, have the option of either sitting or standing while they work. See how to make your own version over on A Beautiful Mess.
Look to the sky
. In this wet room by Dublin firm Architecture Republic, the glazed ceiling floods the room with light, offering views of the sky while retaining privacy.
Create a cosy reading nook
. If your room is lacking space for both cupboards and seating, take a leaf out of the book of the late Helen Green of Helen Green Designs. In her sons bedroom, smart storage space, with a recess for a small sofa, solves the problem. Spotlights have been added to the underside of the middle shelf to create a cozy, well lit nook for reading. The tongue and grove effect on the walls, is echoed on the sturdy bunk beds to the left of the picture.
. Even designers live in awkward spaces. Jane Taylor has created a number of devices for her Chelsea mansion flat, including the kitchen door which doubles as CD storage.
Bunny turners tiny workspace
. Glass and steel folding doors separate the drawing room from the study. Bunny Turner says she chose the bold David Hicks print to line the walls so that despite it being a diminutive space, you wouldnt pass by without noticing it.
Two in one bed
. Sofa beds can be a surprisingly stylish if not necessary choice for a small space. This double bed is actually two sofa beds pushed together. See the room in its living room form here. In the daytime, bedlinen can be hidden away neatly in a trunk.
Space saving bed
. Interior designer Jane Taylors London flat is a box of brilliant, space saving tricks. In this bedroom, the raised bed lifts up to reveal extra storage underneath.
Above and beyond
. This compact west London house belonging to Tom Siebens and Mimi Parsons has two small bedrooms on the upper floor, so a deep shelf built above the door lintel provides extra storage space.
Bedroom colour scheme
. The master bedroom in this petite, 90sq metre family home in Londons Chelsea is the work of designer Eve Mercier. The two Rothko esque panels that flank the bed are not paint but vibrant silk, a good option if youre a renter who cant paint the walls, or for adding colour to a space enhancing white scheme. The Fifties style Danish bedside tables come from Chelsea Textiles ?498 each, a good source for chic and simple designs. On top of them are For
. Downsizing from a bigger flat meant decluttering for established interior designer Ann Boyd. That is a discipline but it is also a joy, she says. The flat in Chesil Court, Chelsea features a kitchen fitted with handle free units from Ikea teamed with a Corian worktop. Mirror glass has been used for the splashback to create the illusion of space, while the pewter chargers are from I & JL Brown.
. Transforming this tiny attic room into a childrens room for two required some ingenuity. Enter Kate Earle of Todhunter Earle who designed these overlapping bunk beds as a clever space saving solution.
. Paolo Moschino chose a cabin style bed to make the most of limited space in a spare room. The designer has transformed this small, humble fishermans cottage in north Cornwall into a light filled home. A blue and white colour scheme is used throughout the property, inspired by colours of the sea, as well as giving continuity that adds to the sense of spaciousness.
. Interior designer Hugh Leslie transformed his nineteenth century Chelsea studio into an airy, harmonious space. In the bedroom, he introduced some handsome joinery in the room, not least a cupboard cum drawer unit left which provides ample storage above and below.
Shared kids bedroom
. This small kids bedroom features a loft bed, along with two broad, wall mounted benches that are easily transformed into beds bed linen is concealed below, while a third, drawer bed pictured slides out when needed. Eve Mercier designed this former artists studio Chelsea, London which measures only 90 square metres and is home to a family of five.
. A mezzanine bedroom is the ideal solution for a small space, especially if you fit in a built in wardrobe behind the bed. But designer Maurizio Pellizzoni had to jump through several hoops to get planning permission for the staircase, which links the mezzanine bedroom to the sitting room. First the staircase had to be craned in, then the council had to close the street while giant glass panels for the bedroom were hoisted up into place. Maurizio
What lies beneath
. By using Farrow & Balls All White paint and incorporating storage under the hallway stairs, this family home measuring a snug 90 square metres and designed by Eve Mercier doesnt sacrifice space or style.
Think like a submariner
. Not an inch of space is unused, says designer Jonathan Tuckey of the mews house he redesigned in Londons Notting Hill for a former submariner, someone used to confined spaces. Case in point? The modern living room is screened with Douglas fir panelling, hiding a compact study behind it.
Champagne in the bathroom
. This 90 square metre former artists studio in Chelsea is transformed into a light filled pied ? terre for a family of five, through clever reconfiguration of the interior with help from designer Eve Mercier. The small bathroom features a champagne bucket sink and red ikat wallpaper by Ornamenta.
. This small office lies behind a screen of Douglas fir panelling in a living room of a mews house in Notting Hill see it here, designed by Jonathan Tuckey.
. Interior designer Eve Mercier turned a former artists studio measuring a mere 90 square metres into a home for a family of five, without sacrificing style. As shown by this chic hallway where a 1960s Sciolari chrome and glass chandelier makes a discreet statement and clutter is kept hidden behind streamlined storage solutions.
. Scandinavian flats have notoriously small bathrooms, so no wonder Ikea has cracked the code for offering style on a small scale. Here, the floor to ceiling shelves not to mention the towel storage built into the sink cleverly gives small bathroom owners room to decorate.
Clever kids room
. Have a small kids room? This bedroom in the North London home of Lucie Allison see more amazing images here turns a shared small room into a magical space with a few clever touches. Cubby bunk beds with curtains, a vintage toy crib to store books and clothes hung stylishly on the walls makes for a small, yet dreamily designed space.
Get shelf ish
. This living room isnt necessarily small, but theres some big design ideas to steal from it especially the shelf wall. If your place is particularly tiny, hang only the high shelves leaving space for a sofa or table underneath. The wheel trolley coffee table? Also an idea worth stealing.
Colourful kitchen shelves
. While white kitchens certainly open up a space, it doesnt mean you have to avoid colour entirely if you have a small kitchen. Clever storage is the perfect platform for a pop of colour just make sure the surfaces are flat to keep the look smooth.
. This charming one bedroom flat in the picturesque village of Thorpeness, Suffolk makes the most of a small space by sticking to a mismatched monochrome scheme and clever architectural details.
. For a small space, this combined kitchen/living room crams in a whole lot of style. The checkerboard floor unites the space, while each individual area is subtly sectioned off: the grey living room, a bright dining room and a retro blue kitchen.
. Even if youre living in a tiny studio apartment, the kitchen can still take centre stage. The simple wood and white design keeps things streamlined and the galley style open layout save for a statement dividing wall keeps it from feeling pokey and allows for a real luxury in small kitchens: a dining table!
. Keep your bicycle out of the way and make a stylish feature of it with a wall mounted bike rack. Dont worry, it doesnt have to be above the fireplace, a hallway will work just as well.
Chic studio kitchen
. Kitchen cabinets dont have to be uniform. Bold red cupboards add an extra design element to this monochrome scheme, while the sleek surfaces make the small kitchen look even bigger. Result.
. Gallic style goddess In?s de La Fressange revealed in her book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide that the French go mad for simple storage containers and decorate with them liberally, especially in their petite Parisian flats. Look to Muji or Ikea and intersperse them with favourite cookbooks and quirky kitchenalia.
. As a small space dweller, the maxim make every inch count wears thin. If you already live in a studio, your living room and kitchen might already mingle whether you like it or not, but if you have separate rooms, consider storing certain items that belong in one room in another. For example, a pretty shelf display of dishes or glasses would look as equally charming in a living room and save some much needed kitchen storage.
A bed suspended in air
. So... hows it hanging? When it comes to maximising space, this James Bond esque London pad takes the cake er, miniature cupcake? with its innovative approach. Featuring a bed suspended underneath a retractable glass ceiling, it just goes to show you the skys the limit sorry when it comes to cool, creative decorating ideas for small spaces.
. Small studio dwellers, take note you can live in a bright, airy space. Take inspiration from this all white room from Ikea. Seamless shelving and lots of it mixed with zinc storage boxes very Parisian chic makes for a tiny flat that feels roomy yet stylish.
Now you see it
. So many ideas where to begin?! Theres the coffee table with added storage, the sofa that doubles as a bed, and the desk/dining table hybrid. But best of all is the wall of storage, stacked high.
Now you dont
. Ta da! Hide shelving and storage behind a simple curtain. The flat surface lets the eye rest, making the room seem MUCH bigger. White works, or experiment with fabrics and prints that coordinate with the rest of your room.
. By hanging a chair on a wall, not only are you saving valuable floor space and also keeping it easily to hand if you need a spare seat, but it provides the perfect home for a stack of magazines or books. Genius.
Hang em high
. If you havent yet figured it out, Ikea are insanely brilliant at displaying clever storage ideas for small spaces. Case in point? These bookshelves along the perimeter of a bedroom.
Put your bed to work
. When space is at a premium, make every piece of furniture earn its keep. This sleek bed has storage in the headboard for books, plus under bed storage for clothes. Clever.
Make a bookshelf door
. Building a bookshelf around a door as this place shows is a super stylish decorating idea for spaces both big and small. Just add some beautiful boxes for storage and display your most beautiful books.
. No room for an office? A large hallway makes the perfect spot for an ad hoc workspace. To avoid it looking too cluttered, blend the desk and shelving into the surrounding area by using similar colours.
. Create a fanciful retreat in your bathroom by papering all four walls in a dynamic print. The continuous pattern allows your eye to roam the room rather than be confronted by a solid colour.
Dressing it up
. In a neutral decorating scheme, painting the hardware and features a contrasting colour is a subtle yet distinctive way to introduce some colour into a room.