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A young Asian family's cute and space-efficient home

Homify logo Homify 19/3/2017 Stephen Cairns

Compact doesn't have to mean cluttered or cramped. In fact, by adopting some imaginative storage tricks and ideas, you might find a smaller apartment actually looks more spacious than a larger one. But how do we achieve this with a young family factored in? Let's face it; toys, shoes and clothes seem to have a mind of their own. And how do we create a peaceful office space when we also need a playroom? Fret not! Today at homify, we have a fine example of a compact home for a young family which finds a healthy balance between all these factors. Let's take a closer look...

Open-plan setup

homify / いえラボ: scandinavian Dining room by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ scandinavian Dining room by いえラボ

Here we see the front door leading into the open-plan living space. This comprises a dining table (set up for a toddler) and is nicely cordoned off by a waist-high wall to separate the kitchen area. There's even a little book shelf built into this wall to give extra storage space; a cute idea that adds style points. The white walls are complemented brilliantly by the teal coloured front door and wooden slat wardrobe. The area is given a certain easy elegance thanks to the hard wood flooring and cream coloured chairs. And guess what? There's no clutter here at all.

Minimalist and clean

homify / いえラボ: scandinavian Kitchen by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ scandinavian Kitchen by いえラボ

See how a simple design feature adds so much to the room. This thin dark wooden beam set against white really breaks up the clean palette in a most natural and refined way. 

In most kitchens you'll find lots of items dotted around here, there and everywhere. Seasonings, coffee makers, knives, pots and pans, to name but a few. But here we see the advantage of storing things neatly away, and of having clean, sparse counters. 

Decorative touches

homify / いえラボ: scandinavian Corridor, hallway & stairs by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ scandinavian Corridor, hallway & stairs by いえラボ

It's the small things that count, as they say. A vacant shelf has become a miniature artistic triumph with these excellent wooden carvings. The tiny jug containing a vibrant plant is a stroke of genius, giving character points and insight into the owners' creative personality.

You'll need the services of a decent joiner to create built-in shelves like these ones.

Playroom by day, study by night

homify / いえラボ: scandinavian Media room by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ scandinavian Media room by いえラボ

This is a great example of an effective multifunctional living space. We love the chessboard-style mat flooring! The children's area is not a wild or chaotic, and their parents have wisely chosen to adopt functional storage to keep toys safe when not in use. The partition window is a lovely touch, making sure the family are never out of view. The room is neatly sectioned off by the back of the living room couch. 

Archways and clever storage

homify / いえラボ: Corridor, hallway & stairs by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ Corridor, hallway & stairs by いえラボ

Another striking feature is this little adjoining area, which the owners have chosen to use as a utility room (on the left) and a shoe closet (on the right.) But let's look at the little things again; the wooden sash window frame becomes a clever piece of decor, as does the tiny stool. There's also a hint of French country style with the use of the tiles and wood, together with the whitewashed walls and archways. 

Bathroom lighting

homify / いえラボ: scandinavian Bathroom by いえラボ © homify / いえラボ scandinavian Bathroom by いえラボ

This fantastic little alcove gives a warm, intimate light from the overhanging wall-mounted lamp. Notice the tiny tree decoration by the sink, and the built-in wooden shelves, which (along with the mirror frame), give a country-style vibe. It's a tiny area but so well done that it can't fail to impress!

For more small home inspiration and ideas, take a look at: How this 50m² apartment feels bigger than it is

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