The Best Boho-Chic Decor for Small Spaces

The Best Boho-Chic Decor for Small Spaces

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Sometimes the best decor is found in small spaces. Sure, decorating within a limited amount of square footage has its challenges, but it’s a myth that you can’t make a petite place look just as good as a larger one. For proof of that myth buster, just check out Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool experience, where 10 different designers brought 10 different design themes to life within a 120 square foot space. Feeling inspired? AT readers have the opportunity to shop the items in each room. For those who couldn’t make it to New York City to see the experience in person, we’re bringing the Small Cool experience to you by rounding up the best boho-chic decor for small spaces from the set. 

3 Unique Color Combos to Inspire Your Next Decor Project

3 Unique Color Combos to Inspire Your Next Decor Project

Black and white. Blue and green. Yellow and gray. These tried and true color combos work for a reason. But decorating a home doesn’t need to be so prescriptive. If you’re looking to break out of a color rut and explore more hues, just take a look at these gorgeous spaces from Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool Experience.

In the Bringing the Indoors Out room, Liz Kamarul mixes desert reds and pinks with sagey greens and charcoal for a space that’s warm yet refreshing. Wondering why this works without looking like a Christmas display? Kamarul used two different saturations of her main colors, red and green, and balanced them with a neutral deep gray.

Saffron, Pink, and Turquoise

David Quarles IV’s Make It Maximalist room, it’s a dining space that’s also a feast for the eyes. Everything you need to know about why this room works is hiding inside your printer. Yellow, magenta, and cyan (along with black) make up the hues that create the full range of color in print form — these are just slightly different tones of those three pigments.

Before you write off orange and teal together as being too much, take a look inside the Classic Redux room designed by Noz Nozawa. She uses navy as a grounding neutral on the walls, and adds an unexpected twist with colorful moldings. The rest of the room helps keep the balance with linen upholstery, wood accents, and a leopard ottoman (yes, leopard is a neutral).

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5 Surprising Plant Styling Tips to Steal from Small/Cool Designers

5 Surprising Plant Styling Tips to Steal from Small/Cool Designers

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Megan is a writer and editor who specializes in home upgrades, DIY projects, hacks, and design. Before Apartment Therapy, she was an editor at HGTV Magazine and This Old House Magazine. Megan has a degree in Magazine Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a self-taught weighted blanket connoisseur.

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Shop Small/Cool 2021 and Beyond With These Exclusive Discount Codes

Shop Small/Cool 2021 and Beyond With These Exclusive Discount Codes

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Our Small/Cool 2021 Instagram Live broadcast may have wrapped, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still virtually tour all of the rooms and fill your carts with your favorite finds from each of our 10 designer vignettes. Whether your aesthetic leans minimalist or maximalist — or you’re looking to furnish a living room, bedroom, or any flexible space in between — there’s a find or two in this mix that’s sure to make you smile and help you live large no matter the size of your space.

To that end, we asked a handful of our brand partners for exclusive discounts that’ll help you stretch your dollars on plants, decor, and so much more. This list of discount codes and deals not only applies to some of the products you saw in Small/Cool this year but, in many cases, also regularly-priced merchandise at the included websites. So go ahead and shop away! The only catch? Many of these deals expire by the end of this month or early to mid-July, so you’ll want to read the fine print below for details and get to checking out ASAP. You’ll also find some inspo on what to shop here, too, straight from the Small/Cool 2021 vignettes.

Did you fall in love with the flexibility of the modular indoor/outdoor coffee table both muralist Liz Kamarul and designers Journey + Jacobs used? Snag it for less with the below code. You’ll also find Frontgate’s faux plants above in Kamarul’s room as well as a variety of other furnishings. Receive 10 percent off site-wide at Frontgate with code SMALLCOOL.

*Offer valid June 11, 2021 through July 9, 2021. Offer cannot be combined with any other special offers or incentives. Offer not valid on gift cards, gift certificates, previous purchases or replacement orders.

If you want to spiff up your home office setup, look no further than a task lamp, desk chair, or desk from Humanscale, the award-winning, stylish furnishings company that basically invented ergonomics back in the 1980s and early ’90s. If you’re a US or Canada resident, score 20 percent off all products on the Humanscale website with code SMALLCOOL.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through July 31, 2021.

Go ahead and get your dream sofa — there’s no time like the present with the savings Interior Define is offering Apartment Therapy readers! Receive $250 off purchases of $2,000 or more with code IDSmallCool250. If you aren’t in the market for a couch, you can shop chairs, rugs, and more at ID, too.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through July 15, 2021. One time use. Cannot be combined and paused during sales.

A lot of the best smalls of Small/Cool — Bobby Berk’s face objet, Michelle Fahmy of Haus of Meeshie’s table linens and glasses, Ayesha Curry’s accent pillows — came from Jayson, but this Chicago-based company stocks beautiful furniture, lighting, rugs, and vintage wares, too. Get 15 percent off all regular-priced items with code SMALLCOOL15.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through July 31, 2021.

If you want a streamlined, stylish setup in your entry, living room, or even bedroom turned home office, then I suggest you take a look at Open Spaces right now. You’ll find this shoe rack turned shelfie and sometimes plant stand, as seen in Estelle Bailey-Babenzien’s room above, along with a nicely-curated collection of bins, shelf risers, and trays. Even better? You can get 15 percent off of your first Open Spaces purchase of $100 or more with code APARTMENT15.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through July 15, 2021.

Love the more is more look when it comes to plants? Us, too. This one’s a code to really remember, especially if you’re in the process of embracing your inner green thumb. Snag 15 percent off site-wide on with code APARTMENTPLANTS15 until the end of this calendar year!

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

A rug can make a room and really tie your design scheme together. If you haven’t checked out Revival yet, you’re missing out on tons of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces at reasonable prices. Revival also stocks a line of their own jute carpets and flatweave rugs as well as furniture, tabletop, pillows, and bath items. Receive 15 percent off of all purchases with code ATXREVIVAL15%.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through June 28, 2021.

Fact: You should be replacing your bed pillows every one to two years, depending on their composition and how often you clean them plus your environment and whether you use pillow protectors or not. Invest in your best rest ever by upgrading your sleeping pillows now using the code SMALLCOOL15, which is good for 15 percent off pillows from Tuft & Needle like the ones you see on this tranquil bedding setup by Adnan Anwar.

*Offer valid June 14, 2021 through July 5, 2021.

Receive 50 percent off all Airinum 2.0 Masks and Filters with code SMALLCOOLMASK2021 and/or receive a free pair of D Screen Glasses with any online purchase of $50 or more with code SMALLCOOLGLASSES2021

*Offers valid June 14, 2021 through July 5, 2021.

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Danielle Blundell is AT’s Home Director and covers decorating and design. She loves homes, heels, the history of art, and hockey—but not necessarily always in that order.

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This Bench Is So Nice, Two Small/Cool Designers Used It Twice

This Bench Is So Nice, Two Small/Cool Designers Used It Twice

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When it comes to furnishing small rooms, finding the seating that perfectly fits the bill — and the space, most importantly — sometimes feels like navigating a shopping black hole. Obviously, you want something big enough to comfortably fit friends and family, but that’s also compact for any tight spaces (or entryways — don’t forget to measure!). It’s the ultimate furniture oxymoron, no? Plus, that’s not even taking into account price or style.

Slightly reminiscent of 18th century French style and available in blue or green, this velvet beauty clocks in at just 58 inches wide — ideal for a tiny living room “sofa,” an entryway accent, or even tucked up to your dining room table.

The latter’s exactly how Fahmy put not one, but two green renditions to use for an elegant chair replacement. She also offset the seat’s classic look with modern details like an animal-print pillow, bold paint and wallpaper, and glam ottomans on the opposite sides of the table. After all, by her account, “a small room is the perfect place to bring in rich colors, mix patterns, and incorporate eccentric touches.”

For a living room look that’s just as alluring, Nozawa tapped into the blue version — which, despite its bold warm hue, arguably can still be regarded as a tonal basic (step aside, beige). “Layering patterns and colors is easier when you broaden what defines ‘neutral,’” says the designer. “Consider denim and leopard prints bold — but still neutral — canvases to add onto.”

With that mantra in mind, she surrounded the piece with a blend of classic, contemporary, and decidedly eclectic accents, like vintage-inspired wallpaper, juxtaposed with a sleek leather stool and leopard-print coffee table. Consider taking a cue from her draped pom-pom throw, too, which doubles as an eye-catching pop of color and cozy cuddle staple on standby.

No matter how you spin it, you can’t go wrong with this versatile piece for any room. Admittedly, it is a splurge, but also a lasting statement piece that’s guaranteed to stay in style (and still cheaper than most small-space sofas!). Plus, you can easily mix up the styling and placement as your tastes evolve, as evidenced by Fahmy’s and Nozawa’s different takes.

To get even more of the designer’s looks (plus tour all the rooms!), don’t forget to check out the rest of the Small/Cool experience.