Small spaces can be more difficult to design well because less square-footage means that each design decision needs to make the greatest impact. We’re taking a break from sharing sprawling homes in the US and are taking you to the Roman city of Bath in the United Kingdom. In the slideshow, you can step inside a charming Georgian duplex in the city’s Artisan Quarter, replete with architectural charm, and limited but well-selected design decisions.
This two bath, two-bedroom apartment, spans just 900 square-feet yet boasts views of Bath’s 18th century St. Swithin’s Church both from the windows and the private rooftop terrace. In such a compact space, the Farrow & Ball “French Grey” painted walls add depth and visual interest throughout the home, creating a sophisticated foundation. Georgian-era transom windows, ten-foot ceilings, and original cast iron fireplaces add authenticity and character to the apartment.
As a great lesson for small spaces, the furnishings and materials selected are all within a similar color range of grays and beiges. This allows for cohesion throughout the home’s rooms creating an illusion of more space. Minor details such as in the light switches and knobs form part of the same design vernacular as the original details of the home – brass patinaed pulls pair perfectly with the classic doors, the black switches play off the cast-iron fireplace, and other iron details throughout the space.
There isn’t much storage but what exists falls under two categories: closets that blend in with the walls to avoid visual overload, and handcrafted classic closet doors that add to the home’s overall architectural beauty. This is a great reminder that small spaces don’t just require edited decor but also homeowners that are able to edit their possessions. In the end, part of great design is less is more.