Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Laura's Living Better With Less

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Laura's Living Better With Less

Shifrah Combiths
Apr 14, 2014

Laura's Living Better With Less Brooklyn apartment, featured in the 2013 Small Cool Contest, manages to make 335 square feet look bright and spacious. Her use of color and strategic design choices come together to create this this really cool, really small space.

A major factor in making this tiny space feel roomy is the actual amount of open space. Rather than using every square inch, Laura lives within her means and leaves empty space, allowing her apartment to breathe.

I live and work with a 'living better with less' philosophy, so to me, limited space does not mean limited living. To keep the space from feeling cramped, it was important to find the proper scale and style for pieces.

Laura "uses" color by keeping everything neutral. Rather than having many colors that pull and distract the eye, a neutral palette makes the space feel calm rather than busy. For instance, the white boxes used for storage above the fridge melt into the background.

Choosing neutrals doesn't mean sacrificing interest, however. Note the bold black and white pillow and the coordinating print above the stove.

Mirrors are a classic way to give a space more depth, and Laura uses hers strategically. Not only does it make a particularly small part of her place seem bigger, but it also bounces the light from the window into the space. Furthermore, it reflects the cozy bedding, which alongside the skirt on the desk, softens sharp angles.

This bathroom exhibits an expert melding of storage and decor. Shelves take advantage of vertical space. Styling products contained in a box and on top of a tray keep the counter uncluttered. Cushy towels folded neatly are inviting, and neatly lined toilet paper is hidden in plain sight. Fronds in a white vase add an organic touch and draw the eye upward.

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