When working with small spaces, lighter shades help open up the room. Natural lighting from a tiny window bounces off the white-painted walls and angled roof line to create a soft, calming appeal in a Victorian renovation in Toronto.
With wall-to-wall space at a minimum, consider building upward. In a 495-square-foot attic studio, a Swedish TV design star used concrete to build a sitting area under a stairway to his bedroom loft. He stacked cubed shelves in the make-shift reading nook, assuring every inch of space is utilized.
Just because it's an attic, doesn't mean its sloped ceiling has to stay. The architect of this Montreal renovation demolished the angled look by adding a raised ceiling with arched edges. The result is 13-foot-high ceilings that give more width to the bright, roomy live-work space.
Sloped ceilings tend to leave spaces that are too cramped for larger furnishings. In this eclectic Vancouver home, a short cabinet is tucked into the angled space where the ceiling meets the floor, to hold vintage stereo equipment, albums, and possibly a few old concert t-shirts behind the cabinet's doors.
Light Bamboo underfoot and a large skylight overhead lend to this 650-square-foot attic's spacious feel. Custom built-ins—fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white-lacquer finish—provide space-saving storage, while a floating wall, made of blackened-steel balustrade and walnut, divides the room without making it seem smaller.