Sneak Peek 3: The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

Here's my third peek into the new book that comes out in 21 days. This one highlights some rooms with deep, saturated color that's part of a big style shift in the last few years — one of a few trends that you'll see in the book. As always, the photos have been lovingly taken by Jim Franco and each chapter dissects one room of the home and pulls tips and resources so that you can DIY. Enjoy!

Each of these pictures is part of a bunch of photos that focus on each room in detail and everything you see we've sourced in the back of the book.

The Princess Bedroom

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From the book: "In a child's room, scale is everything. Here, the billowy canopy around the bed makes the sleeping area seem larger and adds a lot of drama to a fairly simple layout. Although it seems like a daring choice at first, purple actually made a lot of sense here. While warm colors tend to be overstimulating for bedrooms, and cool colors too grown up, purple, a combination of blue (cool) and red (warm), gives the room a rich and fanciful feeling that's just right for a growing child."

Thoughts on Bedroom Colors

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From the book: "This bedroom goes against my cool color principles, but it's stunning to look at. The strong pink here was meant mainly to take the edge off the rough brick wall in this former commercial space, and it works."

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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