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Publication Date: 2015-06-27

Design Insights

7 Small Spaces that Need Design in a Home

A lack of square footage shouldn't limit your big ideas (or your Pinterest board).

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Photography: Jonny Valiant

1. The Entryway. Do you absentmindedly pass by a blank entry wall each day? Fill it with art, architectural sconces, and a slim table.

2. The Foot of Your Bed. Studio-dwellers take note: A desk placed at the end of the bed can become an in-a-pinch home office. (Just keep the top free of any clutter that could be kicked over in the middle of the night.)

Photography: Francesco Lagnese

3. Under the Stairs. If you're lucky enough to have open floorspace here, reclaim it by creating a cozy nook.

Photography: Lisa Romerein

4. The Front of Bookshelves. If built-ins leave no bare walls for art, plant prints right in the middle of the shelves. We love this trick if you have a collection habit you simply can't kick.

Photography: Lucas Allen

5. The Hallway. Think of this space as a transitional room. It's great for showcasing antiques, narrow furnishings, and photos. Or, experiment with painted stripes, which offer the illusion of spaciousness.

Photography: Nathan Schroder

6. Above the Cabinets. Repurpose this "no man's land" as a shadowbox for displaying your favorite knick knacks and collections.

Photography: Victoria Pearson

7. In Front of a Window. While a built-in seat is ideal, even a chair or ottoman next to the window makes for a wonderful spot to read.

By Brie Dyas

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