Small Space Ideas from a Greek Villa

Small Space Ideas from a Greek Villa

Sarah Coffey
Aug 9, 2010

In the Greek community of Oia on the island of Santorini, homes are carved out of the cliffside. Known as 'cave houses,' these are traditional Greek island homes with whitewashed walls and curved ceilings. They tend to be small, but they can feel surprisingly spacious inside, thanks to some smart interior design decisions.

This little vacation villa is one of three on Santorini operated by Villas of Santorini. Owned by an architect, the villa has been outfitted with modern amenities — including a kitchenette and rain shower — but it retains the traditional form and appearance of a cave house. It's decorated minimally, but with an eye towards keeping the rooms light and airy. Space-conscious details include:

  • Wall-mounted bedside lamps that free up surface space next to the bed
  • A headboard/ledge that's built into the wall
  • Latticed closet doors painted dark gray to bring some contrast into the bedroom
  • Banquets that can serve as sleeper sofas in the living room
  • Natural furnishings that add texture but keep things light
  • Uplights that make the ceiling seem larger and higher
  • A round, space-saving breakfast table
  • Outdoor dining/lounging space that feels like an extension of the interior

  • To see a full tour of all three properties with more information and photos, check out Villas of Santorini online.

    Photos: Villas of Santorini

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