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Big Moves for Small Spaces

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One grand gesture is all it takes for a small space to make maximum impact, whether its high-powered wallpaper, a splurge-worthy piece of furniture, or a gutsy paint job, we share our favorite bold spaces.
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  Hand-finished wallpaper by Swedish company Sandberg brightens a Brooklyn brownstone foyer. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

    Hand-finished wallpaper by Swedish company Sandberg brightens a Brooklyn brownstone foyer. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

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  A long, narrow space in an old Toronto storefront becomes elongated with a mix of bright red patterns. Photo by Naomi Finlay.   Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    A long, narrow space in an old Toronto storefront becomes elongated with a mix of bright red patterns. Photo by Naomi Finlay. 

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

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  A plywood door with built-in bookshelves opens into the bedroom to form a bright green reading nook. Glimpsed from the adjacent room, the space looks larger than it is thanks to the lime hue. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.  Photo by: Ryohei Hamada

    A plywood door with built-in bookshelves opens into the bedroom to form a bright green reading nook. Glimpsed from the adjacent room, the space looks larger than it is thanks to the lime hue. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

    Photo by: Ryohei Hamada

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  A butter-yellow galley kitchen helps a concrete space feel cozy in a Johannesburg home. Photo by Elsa Young. 

    A butter-yellow galley kitchen helps a concrete space feel cozy in a Johannesburg home. Photo by Elsa Young. 

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  If a rental space prohibits painting, take a cue from designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama with acid orange furniture and matching rug.    Photo by: Ben Anders
    If a rental space prohibits painting, take a cue from designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama with acid orange furniture and matching rug. 
     

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  A warren of five sleeping units in a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, loft is hidden behind brightly painted OSB.   Photo by: Spencer Lowell

    A warren of five sleeping units in a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, loft is hidden behind brightly painted OSB. 

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  Nix and Novak-Zemplinski, founders of the design firm BioLINIA, in their 1,000-square-foot apartment’s open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. They had the decorative cabinets and ceiling panels CNC-milled by a Polish subsidiary of the Finnish company Koskisen. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.  Photo by: Andreas MeichsnerCourtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner
    Nix and Novak-Zemplinski, founders of the design firm BioLINIA, in their 1,000-square-foot apartment’s open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. They had the decorative cabinets and ceiling panels CNC-milled by a Polish subsidiary of the Finnish company Koskisen. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.

    Photo by: Andreas Meichsner

    Courtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

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