Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History

Shifrah Combiths
Apr 23, 2014

Ashley & Ryan's Happy History home, a 318 square foot Teeny Tiny entrant in Small Cool 2013, achieves a cozy yet far from cramped-feeling vibe through strategic editing of decor elements and defining living spaces.

In this truly teeny tiny apartment, Ashley and Ryan had no choice but to work within the very limited space they have — including when it came to the size of their bed. Their biggest challenge, in their own words:

Our biggest challenge was learning how to share our twin bed and dresser! We've learned to appreciate the twin bed (cuddling) and evaluate what clothing we really need.

Opting out of curtains was a paring-down choice that really allows Ashley and Ryan's living room to breathe. But their hanging decor between the windows still adds color and interest and draws the eye around the room.

Expert layering of bigger pieces uses space constraints in a deliberate manner that adds personality and dimension in a space that could feel cramped. Note the flatscreen overlapping the large photographic print, for instance. Sticking to muted monochromes in the prints that make up the vignette behind the entertainment center keeps the area from being too busy. Layering a rug over the wall-to-wall carpeting defines this section of the apartment as the living area.

In a bold blue move, Ashley and Ryan's wall color choice for the area surrounding their (twin!) bed gives the illusion of a bedroom, even though the spaces is really just an alcove. Light walls in the rest of the apartment prevent anything from feeling cave-like.

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