When you’re faced with small space, it can be seriously daunting to know how to make the most of what you have. Storage is key but there are other tricks to think about too! west elm San Diego Home Stylist, Nicki Hummel, shares a recent project she worked on that really maximized small space living.

BEFORE:

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

AFTER:

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

“The bedrooms for the space were tight so I picked out pieces that would maximize the space while still feeling open and airy. My top tip for nailing this design dilemma is introducing mirrors – something I did in all the rooms – as it creates the illusion that the room is bigger than it is.”

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

“The location of this home has a contemporary, modern feel to it and although I wanted it to feel in line with the surroundings, I also wanted to add some west elm flavor by adding in mid-century and industrial pieces. These pieces emulate a clean, modern space but add eclectic touches.”

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

“My biggest tip from this project is have fun with your decor! I like to use decorative items in ways that are unexpected; like the Roar & Rabbit Angled Wood Terrariums, which I used for a decorative element on the Terrace Side Tables and Metal Radius Coffee Table. Adding in a playful element to your space adds a unique touch and usually provokes conversation when guests are in your home (sometimes even a chuckle or two!).

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

“When planning your room, design a solid base. The furniture and basics for this project fell mostly inside the neutral tones. Having a solid foundation with which to build a room allows you to make strong color statements without over saturating with color.”

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

San Diego home that maximizes small space living  | west elm

“Mix it up. Don’t feel so tied down to having everything match. Mix up your finishes to make your space feel more authentic and you. I used six different hues of metal in the space and a diverse array of woods and fabrics.”

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Fran

May 13, 2016

Nicki’s design made my day! These rooms are pretty much perfect to me with the color palette, fabulous organic rugs, textural wall art and just the right amount of bling. I was happy to see her use of air plants also as I just went to West Elm for a couple. These rooms make me feel right at home.

Courtney

May 17, 2016

What color was used in the bedroom? Was it one of the west elm @ Sherwin Williams colors?

Peggy

June 23, 2016

the rooms are lovely but I was really hoping for more tips on designing for a small space, beyond “use mirrors”.

J V de St-Blanquat

May 24, 2017

Annoyed: cannot find the 5 drawer chest on the cover photo of the ad. Does it exist?

Mary

August 6, 2017

NOT HELPFUL when you don’t tell us the paint colors used.

Lynne

August 24, 2017

The design has a fabulous fresh feel to it.
But more information needs to be provided.
1. Room sizes?
2.Cost of the furniture?
3. Paint colours (and reason for choosing them)
4. Dining table – I saw the kitchen island, but I know from experience that eating at the counter doesn’t work for a group of people. Whatever happened to folded (sofa,side) tables that transform into dining tables?

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