Style Lessons from Today’s Small Cool Entries (& Don’t Forget to Enter & Vote!)

published Apr 19, 2016
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(Image credit: reader Helene Louise)

Every home has something to teach and each small home in the Small Cool contest holds lessons and tricks for living well while living small.

Here’s some wisdom from today’s entries →

Can’t Buy It? Build It

(above) A lofted bed with tons of storage makes Helene Louise’s small apartment work. And, it was a DIY project so she could customize it to her exact needs.

(Image credit: reader Kara-Anne)

On the Bench

A bench makes so much sense in a small home because you can move it around to suit your needs. Extra dinner guests? Just pull the bench up to the table.

(Image credit: reader Ryan)

Pocket Change

If you own your space, consider using pocket doors for small rooms like Ryan’s bedroom, above. Pocket doors opens up the possibilities for furniture placement without a door swing to worry about.

(Image credit: reader Summerlin)

Double Duty

A kitchen island with an overhang and room for stools doubles as a work prep area and a kitchen table in a small kitchen.

(Image credit: reader Matthew)

Serenity Now

It’s especially tempting to fill up your bedroom with furniture and storage in a small home but if you can, resist the urge and keep it as simple as possible for a peaceful waking retreat and serene slumber zone.

(Image credit: reader Sam)

Maximize Wall Space

We love a nice piece of art but sometimes your wall space is better dedicated to storage. Sam has used four picture ledges along this bathroom wall to house makeup and toiletries.

(Image credit: readers Nicole & Oliver)

Make a Statement

White walls and furniture help make a small room seem bigger, but a bold choice — like this sunny yellow sofa — make the space memorable.

(Image credit: reader Jamila)

Line Up

Jamilla calls this long line of cabinets in her bedroom a “life saver” and we can see why. They hold a ton of stuff but, flush against the wall, they take up only a small footprint.