Small Space, Big Impact

By Kieran Juska

Maximize your home's square footage by putting every inch to work. Here, some creative and cozy ways to use those nooks and crannies.

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Tim Murphy

Big Potential in Small Spaces

Every house has one or two quirky spots -- that hollow space under the stairs, the odd-shaped alcove in a hallway, a sloped-ceiling attic. Figuring out what to do with these spots can prove puzzling, so curious spaces often wind up empty and unused. Or the exact opposite happens, and they become the places where you squirrel away stuff you can't seem to let go of, like those teetering stacks of well-thumbed magazines or boxes of out-of-season clothes you keep meaning to sort through. But even the smallest of spaces can be made stylish and functional with just a little thought (and some serious clutter removal). A few tried-and-true tips: Look for small-scale pieces of furniture, such as a shallow corner cabinet for a narrow front hall, or ones that do double duty, like a cushioned bench with hidden storage underneath. Or choose pieces that can be adjusted to fit the space you have, such as a stacked-cube bookcase or a set of nesting tables. And remember, just because a space is small doesn't mean it can't have big personality. As you would with any other room in your home, warm those spaces up with layered textures, charming patterns, and harmonious color combinations.

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