Small Spaces for Modern Living: Making the Most of Your Indoor Space

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City studios, tiny suburban dwellings, compact houses: today, more people than ever are living small. To maintain these trim, contemporary residences in fine style, you need the newest storage devices and the cleverest space-saving solutions. That's what you'll find right here, in an indispensable guide to managing clutter, generating the illusion of space, and accessing your priorities so you use every inch effectively. The ideas are many and fresh, from cupboard hideaways to new loft areas. Every room is ...

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Overview

City studios, tiny suburban dwellings, compact houses: today, more people than ever are living small. To maintain these trim, contemporary residences in fine style, you need the newest storage devices and the cleverest space-saving solutions. That's what you'll find right here, in an indispensable guide to managing clutter, generating the illusion of space, and accessing your priorities so you use every inch effectively. The ideas are many and fresh, from cupboard hideaways to new loft areas. Every room is covered, with information on design layout and planning, and a "recipe" for success. Checklists throughout help you keep track of every step.

"The wealth of sharp color photos and practical hints makes this an attractive, useful resource for anyone facing an interior design project."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780600614173
  • Publisher: Hamlyn
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Planning & Prioritizing 8
Assessing your lifestyle 10
Assessing your space 12
Assessing the possibilities 14
Using the space 16
Finding extra space 18
Creating an action plan 20
2 Design Principles 22
Colour 24
Natural light 28
Reflected light 30
Planning your lighting 32
Furniture 34
Clutter control 36
Design principles: modern classic style 40
Design principles: modern romantic style 42
Design principles: modern utility style 44
Modern drama style 46
Optical illusions 48
Practical alterations 50
3 Connecting Spaces 54
Establishing your style 56
Creating viewpoints 58
Exploiting the space 60
Creating an art gallery 62
Storage 64
Stairs and landings 66
Room recipe: open staircase 68
4 Living Spaces 70
Planning the space 72
Comfort and colour 74
Planning your seating 76
Eating and entertaining 78
Creating a work space 80
Storage and home entertainment 82
Room recipe: cool sitting room 86
Room recipe: warm sitting room 88
5 Kitchens 90
Planning the use 92
Planning the layout 94
Kitchen furniture 96
Kitchen storage 100
Walls, worktops and floors 102
Kitchen appliances 104
Room recipe: simple white kitchen 106
6 Sleeping Spaces 108
Planning your sleeping space 110
Colour and texture 112
Bed styles and shapes 114
Extra sleeping space 116
Bedroom storage 118
Extra storage ideas 120
Room recipe: space-making bedroom 122
Room recipe: cosy bedroom 124
7 Bathrooms 126
Bathroom priorities 128
Bathroom layouts 130
Furniture and fittings 132
Colour and surfaces 136
Bathroom storage 140
Room recipe: mosaic bathroom 142
8 Children's Rooms 144
Creating room to grow 146
Shared rooms 150
Sleeping spaces 152
Work and play 154
Clever storage 156
Room recipe: attic hideaway 158
9 Split-Level Living 160
Mapping the space 162
Colour and style 164
Flexible furnishings 166
Structural issues 168
Designing for privacy 170
Room recipe: galleried living 172
10 Extending Your Space 174
Lofts and attics 176
Conservatories and glass extensions 180
Balconies and terraces 182
Shade and shelter 184
Room recipe: outdoor living room 186
Index 188
Acknowledgements 192
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