Brilliant Small-Space Ideas To Open Up Your Digs

Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz's recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving tricks up his sleeve, Fehrentz shares seven basic tips to help transform compact interiors.
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Remove as many interior walls as possible. An open space feels much more generous and light.
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For paint and furnishings, pick a variety of tones within a single colorway. If you choose red, use a mix of reds — some should be more yellow, others more blue, or more pink. Colors appear especially vibrant this way, and they won’t clash.
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Concentrate on a narrow material and surface palette, and repeat it in parts of each room. This makes for a holistic space.
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Think of every piece in the room as a protagonist in a play, so your interior appears as a complex sum of a variety of scenes.
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Don’t be afraid of dark colors in small rooms — the result can be cozy and calming.
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Create built-in cabinets to store things you don’t want to see all the time.
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Install sliding doors to save space — and, where possible, hang them from tracks in the ceiling to give the room a more spacious feeling.

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