Small Space Solutions from 3 Tiny French Bedrooms

Marie Claire Maison

With a bedroom that is not much bigger than the bed, these owners wisely opted for a monochromatic scheme. The white space feels bright and luxurious while the varying textures of the glossy slatted walls, painted curvy vintage bed and ever-so-slightly warmer toned linens make a boxy space into an interesting room. The simple, wall hung light makes a bedside table unnecessary. Two more micro-rooms below:

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Painting the walls only partially in a dark, warm brown accentuates the height of this small space and makes it feel cozy instead of cramped. A length of vintage linen (decorated with mirrors and jewelry) makes for an unusual headboard that takes up no space. Finally, a very oversized mirror visually expands the room and brightens the space by reflecting back the colorful linens.

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Not surprisingly, the apartment of designer Andree Putman has a wonderfully smart solution for a studio apartment. A sleeping alcove is created by the use of floor to ceiling sliding grey mesh panels. They provide a division of space while allowing light through as well as in interesting visual effect where the panels overlap. A shelving unit also helps to make the alcove feel more defined. Forgoing a headboard and keeping the bed low makes the small room feel larger.

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Photos: Marie Claire Maison