Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Nicole's Pretty Adorable

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Nicole's Pretty Adorable, from Small Cool 2013, exhibits several of the techniques that seem to keep popping up in the envy-inducing small cool spaces we've been looking at this month. Let's take a closer look...

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With her teeny tiny NY space a mere 370 square feet, Nicole had to make strategic decisions about color and space definitions. Since her home is basically one large open space, Nicole wisely chose a complementary color scheme of oranges and blues throughout the space. This keeps everything looking cohesive and fresh.

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Note also that much of Nicole's artwork and furniture is neutral, including black and white photographs. This overall backdrop to her color combo helps the colorful pieces, though few, make an impact.

Nicole's eating nook shows one of the ways she defines space, in this case through stripes painted in this corner.

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We also love the way she separated her living space from her sleeping space by the placement of her sofa:

A common theme I've seen in other studios is to place the couch against a wall, placing it at either the head or the foot of the bed. I found that this layout makes it difficult to separate the bedroom from the living room without some type of room divider. To try and create a two separate spaces, I decided not to place my couch against a wall. Instead, I made it parallel to the length of my bed. Now anytime I am sitting on the couch, the bed is behind me. Just like that, it disappeared!

Nicole also doubles up on furniture by using the table behind her couch as a nightstand.

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A closer look at the bed area reveals a headboard solution that's not only inexpensive, but also adds no bulk. In addition, using lighting solutions that point upward keep the eye drawn toward the high ceilings, emphasizing the illusion of space that they provide.

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A well thought-out entry way provides a landing zone for shoes, coats, keys, and other items that could quickly clutter up such a small space. Great job, Nicole!

(Image credits: Apartment Therapy)