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June 2, 2014
While many shy away from using bold color in small spaces, there is no reason spatial restrictions should restrict the imagination.
modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

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.

Originally appeared in A Little Apartment Gets a Solid Renovation
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Modern sleeping loft with drawers and platform bed

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.

Originally appeared in Lofty Living: Stockholm Bedroom
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berlin apartment interior kitchen

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.

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Originally appeared in How to Design with Pink
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Geometric bright blue clothes rack bench

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.

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Originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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Modern kitchen with bamboo cabinetry and black countertops

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

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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Renovated Upper East Side apartment

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

Originally appeared in A Gut Renovation Transforms a Tiny Manhattan Apartment
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

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.

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