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November 20, 2013
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.
Brooklyn entryway

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

Originally appeared in A Wallpaper Story
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bookshelves, toronto, studio

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

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Originally appeared in Don't Let the Sign Fool You, This Old Storefront is a Home
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Green plywood door shelf space

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.

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Originally appeared in This Shape-Shifting Apartment Lets an Architect Work from Home
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Katz residence stairs concrete portrait

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

Originally appeared in Prepare to be Floored
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Modern custom-built kitchen with bright orange chairs

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

 

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Originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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The Miner and Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form.

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

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Originally appeared in Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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Modern open-plan kitchen and dining room with decorative cabinets

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.

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Originally appeared in Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture
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Brooklyn entryway

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

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