Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Laura's Big Ideas for a Small Home

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One glance at Laura's Big Ideas for a Small Home shows that she is nothing if not a lover of color. We've seen many small spaces that work by making use of of a muted color palette, at least as a background. So how does Laura make so much color work even in a tiny place? Let's explore.

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While she doesn't stick to white as a calming background color, Laura does strategically place white in her home in order to give the eye a resting place. Sheer white curtains let the light in, and even the white sheepskin gives the eye a break. Note also the way the white ceiling fan blends into the background rather than competing for attention.

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Laura also uses transparency in her furniture to provide the illusion of space. In addition to the glass coffee tables above, the clear chairs at the table make the room feel open and airy. In addition, although there are many pieces of art on the wall, the gold ties them into a cohesive statement that echoes the brass of the bar cart.

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The kitchen again shows how color in a small space works just fine, provided there is a neutral somewhere. Laura can get away with bright blue walls and accents of red because the all-white appliances give the eye a break. What a cheery kitchen!

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In her bedroom area, Laura goes really dark, which not only serves to define the space, but also furthers her aesthetic: she embraces the coziness that the dark color brings. In her own words, in response to what she'd do with the prize money if she won Small Cool 2013:

For the longest time I have been dreaming of a beautiful, ornate tin ceiling. I would love to be able to put up a nice faux version in my tiny bedroom! I don't mind if it makes it feel smaller and darker, who doesn't like to hibernate in a small dark place? :)
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Laura's space certainly demonstrates that even in 450 square feet, you don't have to sacrifice the decor style you love — even if it involves lots of saturated colors. Using small-space principles like having some form of "empty" space makes almost anything work.

(Image credits: Apartment Therapy ; Apartment Therapy)

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