Yes, tight bedrooms can sometimes feel frustrating, but they can also be an opportunity. Here’s the chance to create a restful, peaceful space, without spending a lot on furniture and knick-knacks. The main order of business in a small bedroom is to use space efficiently. We’re found some great examples of small bedrooms that manage to do just that, by relying on a few key principles.
1). They make use of built-ins.
Below, a built-in bookcase and nightstands help keep a small room efficient and uncluttered.
In the pictures above and below, wall-mounted nightstands, cabinets and drawers underneath the bed keep tight rooms feeling surprisingly spacious.
And the same concept goes in this space:
And here too:
2) They dispense with two nightstands, or any nightstands.
Yes, nightstands can come in handy. But do you really need two of them? Take a look below:
3) They make use of “tricks.” Two very good ones include, mounting mirrors, and using furniture that takes up no visual space. For instance:
A lucite bed keeps a small bedroom feeling as nearly expansive as the view:
Another trick, where its possible, is to use a daybed that can act as both a sofa and a bed in tight quarters:
4) And here is probably the most important principle of all — just because a bedroom is small doesn’t mean it has to be neglected. A small bedroom can and should have its own drama too.
Below, the dark walls and pendant lights exude sexiness:
The bedroom below is tiny, but the chandelier, patterned headboard, drapes hung from the ceiling and zebra-print rug provide flare and show care, nonetheless:
And below, it’s just one dramatic abstract painting hung above a simple white bed that provides all the drama necessary:
And here’s a bedroom that’s taken the opposite route to drama, using brightly patterned bedding, pendant lamps and a patterned canvas on the wall that stands in as a headboard:
So you see, it’s really not so hard. Small bedrooms can sometimes be daunting, but if you think carefully about storage, pare down on furniture and add a few dramatic touches, you’ll create a spot that will not only work well, but exude style. Buona notte!
Solis, by Renato D’Ettorre Architects, won the top award for houses – the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture.
The superb and dreamlike residence is sculpted from concrete, stone, air and glass.
You can imagine this romantic and mysterious architectural site as an abandoned ruin.
Hamilton Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef offered the architects a panoramic but steep site in a romantic tropical environment.
The architects were given free reign by “an appropriate budget and a desire for an oasis for an international business owner.” Read the rest of this entry »
Renato D’Ettore Architects designed an utterly uncomplicated, perfectly square, tropical beach house that closes completely when not in use.
The dark tropical wooden shutters that are the key design feature, slide back to completely open it to the elements when in use.
At each end of the living dining kitchen side of the square, a window seat connects the interior to the landscape.
The richly contrasting stark white of the painted concrete floor is the ultimate low-maintenance cool tropical floor for Queensland’s sultry climate.
The similarly contrasting white metal roof is a riff on the traditions of tropical Australian architecture. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Hinman Architecture designed this unusual house for a client who wanted it to house a much loved vintage trailer on their ranch.
The new housing shades and cools the trailer at a favorite spot overlooking the Nueces River in hot and dusty South Texas.
The vintage aluminium trailer home gets pride of place on the back porch.
The interior is kept in working condition.
For what the tiny trailer doesn’t have – a huge, super-serene bathing room.
The bathroom sink is set beneath an aluminium porthole that picks up on the vintage trailer aesthetic.
The new bathroom, and a sleeping loft above are in the tower. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever really desired a full-on wet bar like the one above? Neither have we. Except, that is, when holiday season hits and we’re suddenly faced with a succession of gatherings and parties that usually involve liquor. At those times, having a large dedicated space just for serving cocktails seems to make all the sense in the world.
But let’s face it, most of us living in the real world simply don’t have the space for a huge, glamorous wet bar like that one above or just below:
So what to do? We propose carving a much more discreet bar niche out of whatever available space you have. Your bar corner will serve its purpose at your next party, but it won’t make you feel guilty for being a lush or using so much space on storing drinks, otherwise. Here are some examples of small, discreet wet bars:
This is perhaps one of the best examples of a well-designed, discreet bar. Set inside a closet in an older, traditional home, this bar can open up to become a serving station during parties and gatherings, but otherwise remains hidden from view when not in use. It includes a sink and a wine refrigerator, but the mirror and the finishings inside make the bar pretty enough to stay open all the time.
Above is another bar that doesn’t take up a lot of visual space. The bar sits between the kitchen, family room and dining room, thus occupying a central area that would otherwise probably remain unused. When it’s party time, it’s perfectly accessible to everyone.
Below another option:
This bar takes up a relatively small corner of a family room. The bar cabinets blend in seamlessly with the cabinetry in the rest of the room, and the bar does not call attention to itself.
Above is another example of a bar in the center of everything that manages to remain virtually hidden at the same time — simply because it is set within the wall. It takes no floor space at all in this open concept floor plan but is wonderfully accessible during parties.
And talk about economy of space, you can’t do better than this little pull-out bar below. It’s simply a shelf that can open and close to expose all the goodies.
So what’s the moral of the story? Simply that you need not have a big behemoth of a bar to throw a good party or enjoy a good glass of wine. Think a little bit creatively about your bar and you’ll find it’s possible to find a discreet but practical station for cocktails. Cheers!