What to Read Next

Color-blocking trend spices up a tiny apartment

Jennifer Karmon
December 7, 2012

Even the tiniest places have plenty of room for style, as one of my favorite Web series, "Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces," continues to show week after week. (If you've never heard of it, the episode starring Living in a Nutshell's Janet Lee, "How to design a small rental apartment," is a great place to start.)

I'm delighted to say that for the next several weeks, Yahoo! Homes' Spaces blog gets to exclusively debut new episodes of the show.

This week features interior designer J. Michael Moore, who makes quirky use of the color-blocking trend that has lately bled from fashion into home decor.

It's a bold choice for his 225-square-foot Midtown Manhattan apartment -- especially given his chosen foundation color of Sienna red, contrasted with a turquoise ceiling and a bright-yellow ladder to his custom loft sleeping area. "I really just got so tired of seeing gray and beige and black and white," he says.

Still, he does introduce restraint (and emphasizes the color blocks) by keeping pattern out of the space. "Everything is blended," he says. "Nothing pops out" because it's all strong.

And for something entirely different, he goes monochromatic in his bathroom, using a single shade of 2013's Pantone-declared color of the year, green, throughout -- right down to the cotton swabs and nail scissors. It helps makes the space feel bigger, Moore says.

More tips from Moore:

• Movable furniture ensures versatility within the home's confines -- he can create "many different areas," he says.
• Embrace the constraints of a small space: There's something really appealing about being able to "(put) your hands on everything, knowing where everything is."
• Add detailing to give a generic apartment character. Moore installed crown molding and changed up the base moldings.
• Think inside the box when necessary. The kitchen used to be a little more open, but he needed kitchen work surface. So he moved a bookcase to the edge of the painted wood floor, where it became a work "island" that helped define the kitchen area. The open shelves keep it airy and add display space.

Want to see more of "Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces" from SpacesTV? (Note: No relation to Yahoo! Homes' Spaces blog.) Just head on over to the show's YouTube channel.

Is your insurance comp Laughing Behind Your Back?

New Studies Show that if you drive less than 55 miles a day you can save a ton on auto insurance.

Missed Open Enrollment? You can still buy Medigap!

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period isn't the only time to buy Medigap coverage. You can actually buy at any time of the year.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of A Reverse Mortgage?

More Americans are accessing their home equity to support their retirement years. Speak with a professional and see what you may qualify for today.

“It works. Officers were at my home in minutes."

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology... Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Attn Home Owners Who Never Miss a Payment.

Home Owners who have not missed a payment in 3 years or more need to read this. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home there is a solution.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Stop Paying Too Much For Your Prescriptions.

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies. GoodRx finds the lowest prices and discounts. Compare prices, print free coupons & save up to 80%.

Toddler tantrum email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track for advice on how to handle different situations that may arise with your little one.