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Small spaces for modern living : making the most of your indoor space
Atkins, Caroline.
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Publication Information:
London : Hamlyn ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by Sterling Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NK2117.S59 A85 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NK2117.S59 A85 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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City studios, tiny suburban dwellings, compact houses: today, more people than ever are living small. To maintain these trim, contemporary residences in fine style, you need the newest storage devices and the cleverest space-saving solutions. That's what you'll find right here, in an indispensable guide to managing clutter, generating the illusion of space, and accessing your priorities so you use every inch effectively. The ideas are many and fresh, from cupboard hideaways to new loft areas. Every room is covered, with information on design layout and planning, and a "recipe" for success. Checklists throughout help you keep track of every step. "The wealth of sharp color photos and practical hints makes this an attractive, useful resource for anyone facing an interior design project."--"Booklist"

Author Notes

Caroline Atkins is one of the UK's leading writers on interior design and use of colour

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Booklist Review

In this copiously illustrated title, Atkins, a writer and consultant for a variety of high-profile shelter publications, offers a guide to creating stylish, functional interiors that make the most of small spaces while leaving uncluttered breathing room. Addressed to design novices, the introductory sections take readers through the stages of renovation planning, with sections about assessing the space and basic design principles of color and light. A summary of several common styles, with lists of corresponding materials, furniture, and accessories, closes the section. Subsequent chapters are organized according to living areas, including children's rooms. Sidebars with space-saving solutions and suggestions for building materials that work best for various areas of the house appear throughout, while a representative successful room closes each of the final sections. The text occasionally veers into trite common sense; to reduce kitchen clutter, for example, do not let dishes accumulate. But the wealth of sharp color photos and practical hints makes this an attractive, useful resource for anyone facing an interior-design project. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
1 Planning & Prioritizingp. 8
Assessing your lifestylep. 10
Assessing your spacep. 12
Assessing the possibilitiesp. 14
Using the spacep. 16
Finding extra spacep. 18
Creating an action planp. 20
2 Design Principlesp. 22
Colourp. 24
Natural lightp. 28
Reflected lightp. 30
Planning your lightingp. 32
Furniturep. 34
Clutter controlp. 36
Design principles: modern classic stylep. 40
Design principles: modern romantic stylep. 42
Design principles: modern utility stylep. 44
Modern drama stylep. 46
Optical illusionsp. 48
Practical alterationsp. 50
3 Connecting Spacesp. 54
Establishing your stylep. 56
Creating viewpointsp. 58
Exploiting the spacep. 60
Creating an art galleryp. 62
Storagep. 64
Stairs and landingsp. 66
Room recipe: open staircasep. 68
4 Living Spacesp. 70
Planning the spacep. 72
Comfort and colourp. 74
Planning your seatingp. 76
Eating and entertainingp. 78
Creating a work spacep. 80
Storage and home entertainmentp. 82
Room recipe: cool sitting roomp. 86
Room recipe: warm sitting roomp. 88
5 Kitchensp. 90
Planning the usep. 92
Planning the layoutp. 94
Kitchen furniturep. 96
Kitchen storagep. 100
Walls, worktops and floorsp. 102
Kitchen appliancesp. 104
Room recipe: simple white kitchenp. 106
6 Sleeping Spacesp. 108
Planning your sleeping spacep. 110
Colour and texturep. 112
Bed styles and shapesp. 114
Extra sleeping spacep. 116
Bedroom storagep. 118
Extra storage ideasp. 120
Room recipe: space-making bedroomp. 122
Room recipe: cosy bedroomp. 124
7 Bathroomsp. 126
Bathroom prioritiesp. 128
Bathroom layoutsp. 130
Furniture and fittingsp. 132
Colour and surfacesp. 136
Bathroom storagep. 140
Room recipe: mosaic bathroomp. 142
8 Children's Roomsp. 144
Creating room to growp. 146
Shared roomsp. 150
Sleeping spacesp. 152
Work and playp. 154
Clever storagep. 156
Room recipe: attic hideawayp. 158
9 Split-Level Livingp. 160
Mapping the spacep. 162
Colour and stylep. 164
Flexible furnishingsp. 166
Structural issuesp. 168
Designing for privacyp. 170
Room recipe: galleried livingp. 172
10 Extending Your Spacep. 174
Lofts and atticsp. 176
Conservatories and glass extensionsp. 180
Balconies and terracesp. 182
Shade and shelterp. 184
Room recipe: outdoor living roomp. 186
Indexp. 188