Every home has something to teach and each small home in the Small Cool contest holds lessons and tricks for living well while living small. Below is some wisdom from today's crop of entries including using stylish barn doors, the value of built-ins and customizing your space to the last inch.
See in a New Light
Book shelves are not often the centerpiece of a room, but look how lovely Marta's are. The floating wood shelves are handsome, they are full but still styles and the accent lighting signals they're worth admiring.
Mirrors in small homes are always a good idea. Placing one exactly where the light will hit it and reflect into your home is the best idea.
Up & Away
Rachel makes expert use of vertical space in her home, creating storage all the way up to the ceiling in several rooms including the shelves above this workspace.
Something in Store
Built-ins, especially white ones that appear nearly as a wall, are the dreamiest storage option if you have it. Jessica uses lots of white storage pieces along the walls which blend right in.
Give it a Shot (of Color)
Painting a small room can make it feel cozy and enveloping, but if you're worried it will make it seem too cozy and enveloping, opt for just an accent wall like Betsy's cheerful aqua.
Play Up the Positive
Julia rightly regards her wall of windows as her apartment's best feature. By using thin lace curtains and placing her furniture mostly away from the window, she smartly lets in as much light as possible.
Customize If You Can
Zoe designed her own space for her own needs and desires and we think her rounded kitchen counter which doubles as a dining room table is such a smart way to not impede the flow of the space, but still have a dedicated dinner spot.
If You Build It, the Books Will Come
Amber added plenty of shelving to her apartment and made it herself which allowed her to make it exactly the size to fit her space. She also did it "on the cheap from salvaged lumber and simple hardware."
Snug as a Bug on a Rug
If you can afford it, a large rug in a small room can make it appear bigger.
Let Things Slide
Not only do My Le's interior sliding barn doors look terrific, they save space by avoiding designing around a door swing.