Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Stephanie's Best Year Yet

The living space in Stephanie's Best Year from Small Cool 2013 looks much bigger than its mere 330 square feet. Let's take a look at how she pulls this off.

Rather than trying to tuck her bed into a smaller space, Stephanie embraces the fact that she only has one large(ish) room. In a switch we don't usually see, the bed is front and center and the couch is tucked into an alcove. This gives the room the open space that makes it seem airy and unaffected by size constraints.

Stephanie obviously enjoys color, but she chooses mostly small punches of bright color rather than big, bold color statements on, say, the wall or the bedspread. The unbroken white backdrop of the space makes for a clean, calm atmosphere and the illusion of space.

Here, a continued use of un-busy white coupled with a strategic use of depth and scale add to the spacious feel. A print of a bookshelf tricks the eye into believing there is more space in the room than there is. And a large display of flowers, rather than a diminutive selection, seems to say, "This place is so big, I can be here."

The bathroom echoes what works so well in the rest of the house: whites and the use of depth, in this case through the mirror.

No, that's not a movie poster above the bed (although it'd be a cool one). In one of favorite and most innovative uses of space, this wall, which is across from the couch, is actually the wall on which Stephanie projects movies!

(Image credits: Apartment Therapy)