How To Use Color in Small Spaces

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June 2, 2014
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  Bright pops of color draw the eye to specific objects instead of pointing out spatial restrictions. The centerpiece of this Bratislava kitchen is the cabinetry surrounding the sink, a feat architect and resident Lukáš Kordík managed by altering the facing and pulls of an off-the-rack Ikea system. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, Kordík forwent door handles in favor of cutouts. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” he says.    This originally appeared in True Value.

    Bright pops of color draw the eye to specific objects instead of pointing out spatial restrictions. The centerpiece of this Bratislava kitchen is the cabinetry surrounding the sink, a feat architect and resident Lukáš Kordík managed by altering the facing and pulls of an off-the-rack Ikea system. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, Kordík forwent door handles in favor of cutouts. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” he says.

    This originally appeared in True Value.
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  While black is a color many avoid in interiors, when combined with white, it can give a sense of depth to the smallest room. In this attic studio in Stockholm black and white work together successfully, complemented by a photograph of Rio de Janeiro taken by designer Jimmy Schonning. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.    This originally appeared in Lofty Living: Stockholm Bedroom.

    While black is a color many avoid in interiors, when combined with white, it can give a sense of depth to the smallest room. In this attic studio in Stockholm black and white work together successfully, complemented by a photograph of Rio de Janeiro taken by designer Jimmy Schonning. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    This originally appeared in Lofty Living: Stockholm Bedroom.
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  Even darker colors can help create a compelling effect in small spaces. In this Berlin apartment, the kitchen cabinets benefit from a pop of rosy color, a custom hue. Designer Peter Fehretnz advises picking a variety of tones within a single colorway for paint and furnishings: "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.   This originally appeared in How to Design with Pink.

    Even darker colors can help create a compelling effect in small spaces. In this Berlin apartment, the kitchen cabinets benefit from a pop of rosy color, a custom hue. Designer Peter Fehretnz advises picking a variety of tones within a single colorway for paint and furnishings: "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.
    This originally appeared in How to Design with Pink.
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  Furniture with emphasized linear elements helps prevent the appearance of clutter in small spaces. It's particularly effective when highlighted in playful colors like the blue bench storage rack in this London guesthouse. Photo by Ben Anders.  Photo by Ben Anders.   This originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London.

    Furniture with emphasized linear elements helps prevent the appearance of clutter in small spaces. It's particularly effective when highlighted in playful colors like the blue bench storage rack in this London guesthouse. Photo by Ben Anders.

    Photo by Ben Anders.
    This originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London.
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  This diminutive New York apartment makes use of wood-panelling to create a comfortable, cabin-like effect. Photo by David Engelhardt.  Photo by David Engelhardt.   This originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan.

    This diminutive New York apartment makes use of wood-panelling to create a comfortable, cabin-like effect. Photo by David Engelhardt.

    Photo by David Engelhardt.
    This originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan.
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  Playful elements such as colored tiles in the bathroom of this tiny Manhattan apartment give character to even the most cramped environment.     This originally appeared in A Gut Renovation Transforms a Tiny Manhattan Apartment.

    Playful elements such as colored tiles in the bathroom of this tiny Manhattan apartment give character to even the most cramped environment. 

    This originally appeared in A Gut Renovation Transforms a Tiny Manhattan Apartment.
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