Small Space Solutions from Colorful Chilean Lofts

Small Space Solutions from Colorful Chilean Lofts

Janel Laban
Apr 5, 2010

Possibly the most memorable thing about the Lofts Yungay II project by Rearquitectura is the beautiful exterior color range, visible from far away, like a paint shop samples blown up to larger-than-life size. But, for Small Spaces month, we'll focus on taking a look inside...

...where there a few ideas to take away for small space living anywhere.

1. Colorblocking works. Just like in fashion, the concept of using a few colors stacked next to each other (in nearly equal amounts, in this example) creates a colorful yet distinctly un-cacophonous room. The colors are bright, but because they are balanced presented in an organized way, they don't make the room feel loud or jumbled. This primary color based room is helped out by the view through the window - the third primary color, yellow, is used on the exterior of the home across the way.

2. Get creative by utilizing wallspace. Not everyone has such an attractive staircase in their home, but almost all of us have some sort of awkward, underutilized space somewhere. Here, a simple wall hung table/shelf does the job as a small desk or landing strip under the stairway - adding multiples would work here as well.

3. Spirals save scads of space. Clearly having the option of adding a spiral staircase to a small space that doesn't already include one is a rare one and a big job, but...if you are in the position to design or renovate a multi-story small space, there is no better way to go.

4. Don't feel that you need to "float" all the furniture. Having a dining table anchored to the wall on one side is a huge space saver for day to day life...and it looks absolutely fine. When you have a larger group over for a meal, simply shift things out a bit for the evening.

5. The final photo is a long shot of the Lofts Yungay II project by Rearquitectura - wonderful color and use of a challenging bit of hillside property.

Check out more of the lofts (photos and info) at Contemporist.

(Images: Rearquitectura via Contemporist)

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