Designing a small space

One interior design challenge I tackled during Summer 2016 was decorating a cozy studio condo in Atlanta that was just 515 sq ft. Originally it had 2 large armoires and it felt CROWDED. The armoires were beautiful but overshadowed the space and made it feel dark. I removed 1 armoire and began the work. I focused on 3 key pieces: bed, sofa and entryway.

The Canopy Bed

The canopy bed was the focal point of the room. With a 10 ft. + ceiling and exposed ductwork, I chose Room & Board’s Architecture Bed because it’s simple, clean and modern. The posts guides your eyes towards the ceiling and makes the space appear larger since you’ll notice how high the ceilings are.

All photos taken by, otherwise noted.

Since the room gets lots of natural light, I kept all the linens primarily in white so the light would bounce off them and give the space an airy feel. I layered on various textures and topped the bedscape with a black & white patterned throw pillow.

The Convertible Sofa

The queen bed can accommodate sleeping for 2, but I decided to get Room & Board’s Eden Convertible Sleeper Sofa to maximize sleeping spaces. For the sofa color, I chose a crisp & cool grey and paired it with black, white, or gray patterned or textured pillows. I didn’t want the space to feel “cold”, so I pulled in a live wood table for contrast.

Photo: Artisan Empire

The Entryway

For the entryway, I wanted to choose pieces that would tie in with the black steel from the bed and the round live wood wedges from the cocktail table. I chose Room & Board’s Manhattan Modern Wall Mirror in natural steel and Parsons Console Table with walnut top.


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