10 of the Best "Small Cool" Ideas and Inspirations to Steal

10 of the Best "Small Cool" Ideas and Inspirations to Steal

Gregory Han
Apr 28, 2011

If you haven't noticed, it's Small Cool month over at Apartment Therapy, our annual open call out to readers to share their inspiring small space homes, 1,000 square feet and under. And as anyone who has lived in a small space already knows, small spaces are a great motivator for making due with what you've got and maximizing every square inch. Nowhere is this more true than when integrating home technology into home offices and living rooms where every square inch counts. We've handpicked 10 (actually 12, since we doubled up a couple of the examples) Small Cool entries we think you can learn a thing or two from. We know we did!

From Kim & Scott's Yellow Brick Home: give your electronics discrete spaces to occupy. By creating separate spaces within their shelving unit for their HDTV set, components, record collection and speakers, Kim and Scott's home entertainment area gives a strong impression that there's a place for everything, rather than the typical haphazardly organized media center. Hide away your components behind closed doors, using an RF remote control like the Logitech Harmony 900; if you've got an IR remote, you follow Kim and Scott's example and create a mesh/lattice opening to permit the control signal to reach your components (the openings will also help heat escape from your electronics) or use an IR repeater.

From Liz's Light Off Lake Michigan: play hide and seek with your cables and wires. Another Chicago entry, Liz's Teeny-Tiny 360 degree rental showcases a sophisticated style throughout (great colour palette). One thing we immediately noticed was how her modest sized HDTV didn't come with the usual mess of wires and cables because she creatively hid them behind a framed photograph underneath. Most of us can't drill into the walls to snake cables and cords invisibly for an ideal wall mounted setup, but we can all use decorative items like framed pieces, baskets, and other miscellaneous items to keep cord clutter out of the public eye.