1. Build Up! In a small space, it is important to think vertically to maximize storage space by adding shelving above and concealed storage below. I used pieces of walnut veneered plywood as shelving above the bed and added white shelving in the closet.
2. Accent wall Many people think that light walls will always make a space feel larger; this is a common misconception, try an accent wall in a deeper tone, like the silver color I used – this dark color recedes and makes the room look larger.
3. Don’t be afraid of drapery The largest challenge in this space is the door leading to the deck. The drapes allow privacy when needed and adds drama to the space. I love the grommet style but others work just as well. Drapery looks best when there is volume, so I always grab additional sets (in this case 3) but that is up to you. These curtains were $40 for a set of two from IKEA.
Previously there were sliding doors on the closet, which can drive one crazy when one needs to reach something quickly. The solution: the same curtains used on the other wall in an off-white that matches the wall for a clean look. [more...]