Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space

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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.  Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

    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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  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.  Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

    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.

    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.  Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

    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.

    Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

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  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.  Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

    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.

    Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

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

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

    Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

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

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

    Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

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  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.  Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

    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.

    Photo by: Peter Fehrentz

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