Home Redo Ideas Worth Stealing: Getting Comfortable

ace of space, tammy strobel, rowdykittens, designCreating a comfortable, cozy, yet well designed space isn't as hard as it sometimes seems. The key is incorporating simple, small, and inexpensive design ideas into your living space.

Follow the tips below and I guarantee you'll add more depth and warmth to your abode:

1. Small space? Big pattern!

Use fabric to create depth in your apartment. For example, you can head to your local craft store and pick out a variety of fabrics that can be used as curtains, living room decor, or doorways.

Another option is using bold wallpaper patterns. Teresa's 65-square-foot S.F. kitchen is a beautiful example of this strategy. This little kitchen not only seems larger, but packs a punch of cheer.

2. Do it with mirrors

Small spaces don't require big accessories. To make your home seem bigger, consider the magic of large mirrors.

Zoe Feldman even suggests incorporated "mirrored furniture" into your space. Mirrored and "clear Lucite or glass-furniture can reflect light and make the room feel light and airy."

3. Use floor pillows + unique chairs

Last week, I talked about finding the perfect chair for your tiny space. Get the bulky furniture out. Consider using big pillows as chairs or invest in a few tiny, yet unique chairs.

When you're looking for the perfect chair, think about comfort, movability, and simplicity.

4. Don't forget about the importance of lighting

Lighting ideas for small spaces are all over the Internet. And since I've been looking into lightening up my apartment, I've been scouring the Internet for ideas.

Earlier this week, I discovered a cool and minimalist LED lamp called "001" by designer Naama Hofman. The fixture is made "of a [bent] metal rod with LED illumination." And Hofman says, "the light fixture can be placed in several positions: on the table, leaned against the wall, or [hung] on a wall."

The lamp is unique, elegant, and available in any color.

What would you add to the list?

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of "Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life."

The Ace of Space is a bi-weekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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