CREATIVE spaces: BIG & small

While we are going to be mostly stuck inside during this last mont of winter, we’ve decided to have a look at all the different rooms in our homes in a series called creative spaces: BIG & small. Every space has its own challenges: a big room is difficult to fill with the right proportions while a small room has layout obstacles to overcome.

To start with, I am going to look at small rooms. Here are some images to get you inspired – we look forward to staying indoors with you this month!


architecture design & architecture design

When in doubt – go up! Where floor space is a bit cramped, it is always a great idea to utilize the vertical space by installing a platform. This works especially well in an apartment where you can utilize the ceiling height for a bed.

colour me happy


Don’t be afraid to use colour in a small space: a pop of something bright is what gives these 2 rooms personality. Keep the background light and neutral and colour away!

Creative Small Spaces - Clever Cubbies

apartment therapy & architecture design

The only challenge with a small space, is that you have to think a bit harder! Clever storage solutions are key as well as utilizing every possible nook and cranny: look the wasted space underneath stairs and beds for some much-needed stashing space.

fresh and friendly

handmade charlotte & this handmade home

Small spaces are great to create cosy nooks for kids rooms: personalize it with bold colours and patterns to make it a fun space.

scale down

hgtv & stylized living

Clutter is the ultimate enemy of a small space, so make sure that you scale down, pack up and throw away anything that you do not use. Keep it simple and clear!

Next up are big spaces – we are hugely excited to share them with you!


Comments · 4

  1. Thank you for the inspiration for small spaces. I’m always looking to organise our children’s room better in our tiny 2 bed apartment.

    Just a note that the link to this handmade home also links to handmade charlotte.

    1. Thanks Victoire – we are doing a post about kids rooms later in the month. It’s always a challenge with kids because of the amount of stuff they have! And thanks for the link note; updated. g

  2. Hi Germarie

    ‘n Oulike idee wat ek ook gesien het was om ‘n ou deur te vat, wielietjies en ‘n handvatsel aan te sit en dit dan onder ‘n bed in te skuif vir pakplek. Met die handvatsel en wielietjies kan jy dit maklik uittrek om by jou goed te kom en onder die bed skoon te maak!

    Dankie vir oulike, inspirerende idees!


    Tannie Bernice

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