I fell upon this delightful little space whilst browsing the entries for Apartment Therapy’s annual colour contest. It immediately spoke to me: the bold use of shimmering teal hues emblazoned on all four walls works wonders as a backdrop to Joshua’s eclectic finds. The casually draped lighting cord with it’s coral-orange fusion reminded me how delicious orange is with teal. Although this is a small space, Joshua has managed to fill it with interesting trinkets; by placing them in old sewing drawers attached to the wall it serves to frame them, whilst also preventing a cluttered look.

Positioning furniture away from right angles helps to loosen a smaller space, opening it up by adding visual interest; the eye focuses on the unusual arrangement rather than the shape of the room itself. Corners are softened with delicate vignettes (who knew stacked chairs would work the camera so well?!), whilst simple lighting casts a gentle eye over the proceedings. There must be something about small spaces that connects with me, as I almost always find them hugely inspiring.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Such a stunning colour; I would never have imagined teal could look this good throughout a space. Thanks for sharing Will 🙂

  2. Mr. Will, I think you are drawn to these smaller spaces because it takes some serious creativity and talent to decorate a small space well (perhaps your first coffee table book?).

    Love the teal color.

    A warm hug to you, Mon

  3. Great find! Loving the dark teal color and all the little decisions that made the sum total here work so well!

  4. Love the 3rd picture… the wall color is amazing!! Definately perfect for a bedroom 🙂

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.