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November 27, 2013
Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz's recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving tricks up his sleeve, Fehrentz shares seven basic tips to help transform compact interiors.
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1. Remove as many interior walls as possible. An open space feels much more generous and light. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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2. For paint and furnishings, pick a variety of tones within a single colorway. If you choose red, use a mix of reds—some should be more yellow, others more blue or more pink. Colors appear especially vibrant this way, and they won’t clash. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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3. Concentrate on a narrow material and surface palette and repeat it in parts of each room. This makes for a holistic space. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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berlin apartment interior leather pouffe

4. Think of every piece in the room as a protagonist in a play, so your interior appears as a complex sum of a variety of scenes. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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berlin apartment interior kitchen

5. Don’t be afraid of dark colors in small rooms—the result can be cozy and calming. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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berlin apartment interior wardrobe

6. Create built-in cabinets to store things you don’t want to see all the time. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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berlin apartment interior bathroom

7. Install sliding doors to save space—and, where possible, hang them from tracks in the ceiling to give the room a more spacious feeling. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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berlin apartment interior

1. Remove as many interior walls as possible. An open space feels much more generous and light. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

Photo by Peter Fehrentz.

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