European chain First Hotels has a boutique outpost in Copenhagen called the Kong Frederik. The hotel's small single room (top row) and the slightly larger standard room (bottom row) use counterintuitive small space tricks — like dark floors and busy wallpaper — to create a sense of depth and expansiveness.
The Kong Frederik is located in a 19th-century building with rooms that have been decorated in a hodge-podge of styles, most notably what the management calls "classical English-inspired style."
What we really enjoy about these rooms is the way they break the conventions of small space design, using dark trim to draw attention to the edges of the room, dark curtains to frame the windows, and wall-to-wall carpet to create a solid color field on the floor. A few take-home ideas include:
• Using a wall-mounted, swing arm reading lamp to save space
• Tricking the eye with trompe-l'eoil wallpaper
• Using large, gilded mirrors to reflect light
• Adding storage with a pair of trunks at the foot of the bed
• Going dark everywhere but the ceiling — the effect draws your eye up
For more information and photos from the Kong Frederik, click here
Photos: Kong Frederik Hotel