Maximize Your Small Space with These Cool Double-Duty Decor Finds

published Jun 16, 2021
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In small living spaces, maximizing your decor is key. Filling your home with pieces that serve multiple functions isn’t just smart — it’s essential. During our Small/Cool experience, 10 designers showed that it’s possible for function and style to not just coexist, but thrive, in the same space. For some designer-approved inspiration, we’ve pulled some of the best pieces that can not only pull double duty in your bedroom, office, living room, and more, but also breathe life into your space with polish and flair.

Scroll on for our absolute favorite versatile furniture and decor pieces, straight out of the 2021 Small/Cool playbook.

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Ballard Designs

Not only is the Essential Farm Cushion from Ballard Designs one of our favorites, but Estelle Bailey-Babenzien of Dream Awake Design loves it too. This homey cushion comes in four sizes and patterns, respectively, making it the perfect fit in a variety of spaces. Try it as a bench or seat cushion, or set it on the floor for extra-cozy seating in your living area or bedroom.

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Annie Selke

In her Classic Redux room, Noz Nowaza proves that animal print can be as versatile as a neutral print with this Annie Selke leopard ottoman. It assumes its second identity as a coffee table in her classic-meets-modern space. She garnishes it with books, flowers, and some decorative bowls, but the bold print will be an unforgettable statement in your living room all on its own.

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Open Spaces

Though the most obvious use for this minimalist Entryway Rack from Open Spaces is, well, in your entryway, the only true limit is your imagination. Bailey-Babenzien used it in her Small/Cool space as a multi-functional shelf for glassware, books, and storage, and we bet your shoes, plants, and artwork would happily find a home there too.

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was $1799.00

Not to get too philosphical over a table, but the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to the Mirada three-piece coffee table. Used as a focal point in Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs's moody living space, the bamboo-inspired stonecast table splits into thirds that can be rearranged to suit your home as a coffee table or separate side tables. It’s absolutely perfect for everyday life and entertaining, and best yet, the entire thing is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

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Jayson Home

Picture this: You step out of bed first thing in the morning, and your feet land on this cozy-chic sheepskin rug from Jayson Home. What better way to start your day and add a stylish accent to your bedroom? You can also drape it over the bed as a throw like Ayesha Curry does in her Small/Cool bedroom for a plush addition of comfort and style.

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was $297.00

A funky little ottoman like the Kardiel thimble fabric ottoman could be the answer to your design questions — especially if those questions revolve around how to add extra seating with limited square footage at your disposal. Michelle Fahmy uses it at the end of a dining table in her kitschy-chic Small/Cool concet, but it’s small and versatile enough to fit in as an ottoman or footrest in just about any room (and it comes in six colors!).

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Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, we love the Corvos modular sofa, which comes in three splittable pieces that can be used together as a sofa or taken apart and enjoyed as cozy chairs. Liz Kamarul takes advantage of it in her Small/Cool space to create a cozy, colorful area.

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Jayson Home

Add texture and visual interest to your dining room table or kitchen counter with this Moroccan pedestal basket from Jayson Home. It makes a great dish for fruits and veggies, as a centerpiece, or a catchall basket for household odds and ends. It even looks great empty, like how Fahmy uses it to spruce up a shelf.

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The Valis desk from Article can make a big impact in a compact space. The solid wood desk can be used in an office or bedroom as, well... a desk, or as an entryway table where you can place keys, wallets, masks, and other “I’m-about-to-walk-out-the-door” essentials. In Bailey-Babenzian's design, it’s home to a few minimal desk essentials and serves as a focal point of the room.

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Ballard Designs

Wicker is an outdoor decorating essential. The Cypress Stool from Ballard Designs provides a modern take on the classic texture with a low-profile H-shaped silhouette. Try it as a footrest or as extra seating during outdoor entertaining this summer, like Kamarul has in her outdoor living room.

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Yamazaki Home

Keep your friends close and your linens closer with this leaning ladder shelf by Yamazaki Home. Taking advantage of vertical space is a great way to make the most of a tiny home with limited storage options. This modern ladder is used in the Small Cool biophilic beauty room to display blankets, and it would also look sleek in a compact bathroom holding towels and washcloths.