Editor's Picks

Editor’s Picks: Designs for Small Spaces

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Designing for small spaces can be tricky, and often requires some big thinking. Whether it’s a tight entryway, cozy patio or compact studio apartment, having the right pieces to compliment the space without overwhelming it is important. So we’ve put together our favorite lighting and furniture picks for making the biggest impact in the smallest of spaces–from sleek floor lamps and wall sconces to space-saving patio furniture. Here are our Editor’s Picks:

Boop! Wall/Ceiling Light from Carpyen

A low-profile light that can be installed on the ceiling or wall doesn’t have to be one-note. This light manages to integrate a two-tone shade, with a warm brass painted interior to add some visual appeal along with ample lighting in a low-profile frame.

Enna LED Wall Sconce from Astro Lighting

A slim wall sconce that swings tight against the wall for even more clearance if need be is great for bedside lighting that doesn’t take up any bedside table space.

La Lampe Gras No 411 Floor Lamp, Color from DCW éditions

A floor lamp moves the light where you need it. And this classic design from Bernard-Albin Gras allows for more configurations in height and length of reach.

Crisp Wall/Ceiling Light from Rich Brilliant Willing

The Crisp from Rich Brilliant Willing is another compact light that packs a lot of character into a small footprint. It also allows for mounting on walls or ceilings, for multiple applications.

Heracleum II Small Pendant Light from Moooi

Scale is an important factor when designing for smaller spaces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have grand pieces. This compact version of the Heracleum still has all of the wow-factor but without being too big.

Blu Dot Diplomat

A sofa that doubles as a bed is great for small spaces that need to pull double-duty: couch by day, guest bed by night.

Eames Hang-It-All from Herman Miller

Keep your small entryway tidy and chic with this iconic design that has hooks for coats, hats, bags and anything else you’d rather not have wind up on the floor.

Mascotte Multifunctional Coffee Table from Connubia

This adjustable-height table can do it all: from dining table, to coffee table, to desk. Meaning you might only need this one table for maximum efficiency in that compact studio apartment.

Breeze Stackable Armchair from Cane-line

Stacking chairs are always a good choice for small patio or outdoor spaces and these don’t sacrifice on style. These work in a small setup and can be tucked away when not in use.

Luna Firepit from Blomus

Now you don’t need a huge landscape project for a fire pit in your backyard, thanks to this sleek contraption from Blomus. Nor do you have to rough it in the wild for some s’mores. That’s win-win.

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