Small Cool 2016: Favorite International Entries – Abigail Nora
Small Cool 2016: Favorite International Entries – Abigail Nora

Small Cool 2016: Favorite International Entries – Abigail Nora

Apartment Therapy’s annual Small Cool Contest is a treasure trove of interior design inspiration and clever ideas, no matter how small (or large) your living space actually is. Each year, Apartment Therapy readers are invited to submit their small, cool homes (no bigger than 1,000 square feet) to find the smallest, coolest spaces in the world. Yep…the world. There are four contest divisions: small, little, tiny, teeny-tiny and international.

I love love love the Small Cool Contest (my most popular post of all time features a Small Cool apartment), so this year I’d like to showcase my favorite spaces in each category — starting globally with the international division!


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First up is Helene Louise’s studio in Denmark, which masterfully uses every square inch of available space, including a bed lofted on dressers. I’m loving the muted Scandinavian color palette of white and shades of grey.


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This may be my favorite International entry. Chelsea’s small Toronto space proves that dark walls can totally work in any size room or apartment. She also makes use of bold patterns and a dramatic black and white and gold color scheme with pops of deep pink. It’s like a perfectly glam little bachelorette pad.


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Finally, we have Yasmine’s Paris apartment, which automatically gets cool points by virture of being in Paris. She has created a cozy little breakfast nook in the corner, but the real star here is the gallery wall. Don’t be afraid to try something that might seem a little crazy, like painting your gallery wall and frames to match your actual wall. Here, the mirrors and continuous wall color work together to create the illusion of more space, drawing the eye upward — always a good thing in a small space!

To see more Small Cool entries and vote for your favorites, pop on over to the official contest page — and stay tuned for more of my division favorites!