Micro spaces give everyone room to think big.

Whether you’re outfitting a home office or studio in the backyard, getting ready to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), or preparing to launch your career as a short term rental host, you know the design of the space is…well, everything.

Small square footage doesn’t mean you need to use cheap finishes or furnishings. In fact, you may be surprised how much your investment can accomplish in a small space. (Case in point: Marble countertops suddenly become a no-brainer when you’re looking at minimal linear feet.)

Here are the three pillars we incorporate into every tiny space we design…


1.   Contrasting Colors

We leave monochrome at home when creating micro living spaces.

Why? A couple reasons. First, small places don’t need to feel boring. Second, splashes of bold color and quirky characteristics are quite nearly expected in these unique spaces.


2.  Glass…and more Glass

Let there be light!

Nothing makes a small space feel bigger than a view to the outdoors on multiple walls. We prefer to keep windows across from each other or perpendicular (such as two corner windows) for the biggest impact.


3.  Layers of Texture

Nothing adds character quite like texture.

An area rug, a lap blanket, mounds of throw pillows, and woven shades or wall hangings pull the design together, making the space feel cozy and comfortable. We select these items from a functionality and safety perspective, too. This means using an area rug that won’t create a tripping hazard, adding cordless window treatments, and using rounded edges on all hard surfaces (no more bumping your hip on the countertop or your shin on the corner of the coffee table) since space and traffic flow must work in harmony.


Design Trend

Welcome to my shed-quarters.

As many homeowners now work permanently from home, the need for a delineation between work and personal life has only increased. Along with that has grown the popularity of the backyard studio.

Design Tip

Consider your wifi signal needs.

While creating spaces out of shipping containers is popular, it might not be the best option if you rely on cell and wifi access, as the metal will slow both. A stick-built alternative is often the better solution long-term.