The One Thing a Designer Would Never Do in a Small Space

Sacha Strebe

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

With limited space, creating a striking neutral design with a clean, streamlined aesthetic isn't easy, but we love the thrill of a challenge at MyDomaine HQ. And besides, we honestly believe that a small space is way more fun to decorate than a large one. Why? Well, it's just like Nate Berkus said at a recent event we attended: "You can spend more on the products you love because you don't need as much."

Adore marble? Thanks to your tiny kitchen, you only need four or five feet of it to create the countertop of your dreams. Have your eye on a fancy wallpaper? You can slather your entire vanity in it from floor to ceiling because you only need half the amount you would in a typical bathroom.

One brand that has perfected the art of fusing fashion with function is Pottery Barn. The brand's small-space collection called PB/Apartment features stylish, multipurpose furniture and décor that serve a practical need without sacrificing style or high-quality artisanal design. As the average U.S. house size shrinks, small-space living is on the rise, but that doesn't mean our homes have to skimp on style.

We took five with Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barn's EVP of design and product development, to find out her dos and don'ts for how to decorate a small space, including the trends we should adopt and the one thing we should never do.

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