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Browsing at Retro to Go, we stopped short at this amazing image. It features a super decorative, mega-sized wallpaper mural from Britan's Surface View. Surface View has a fantastic site, making trying out the huge collections of images available in their sample mod rooms an addictive pastime. Images available for Surface View murals are from sources as varied as the Victoria and Albert Museum collection to the Land of Lost Content British Cultural Artefacts. Vintage postcards, romance images, textiles and photography are all used. Custom sizing, cropping, paper finish and color choices are all available, as well as fabric printing.

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Though a tiny space under a staircase is probably not the best place for your eleven-year-old, it's just right for a little chihuahua. Redditor Fatisbac's aunt recently renovated her house, and one unique feature included was a room for her little chihuahua under the staircase, Harry Potter style. The tiled space includes a dresser, brass dog bed, toys, food and water bowls, a miniature of dogs playing poker, and even a place to hang a teeny hat. Of course, the pup has a doggie door for 24/7 access.

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On a gorgeous, warm day like today, the colors in this room feel so refreshing and crisp; reminiscent of water without being depressing. While the space above the couch could use some embellishment, the room is no less inviting. Image: Flickr user flowers & machinery under license by Creative Commons.

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Just having a washer and dryer in my apartment is a major step up for me. In Chicago, our coin-operated laundry is in the building's basement and that is a major step up from the place we lived before - I don't even want to tell you what that was like. Here in Paris our washer and dryer is in our one and only spacious bathroom, which also houses our tiny closet and I LOVE it. It is so convenient to do laundry - I don't even need a laundry basket! I just fold the clothes out of the dryer and turn around and put them away. If it's especially chilly, I'll pop my towel into the dryer before I get in the shower. When I get out, not only is the room warmer, but I have a heated towel as well! I would never have thought myself to put the laundry in the bathroom, but now I'm starting to think this is the best place for it. A few weeks ago Regina wrote about incorporating the laundry into the kitchen which, depending on your apartment's floor plan, seems like it could also be efficient. I'm curious: where is your laundry located and why do you love it?

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Hello AT,. I live in a 2 room LES apartment that is under 350sf. For additional space I need to install a loft bed in one room so that I will have sleeping up top and dining and an office area below. It can't look ordinary and needs to be reasonably priced. Can anyone suggest resources to see some great designs for inspiration or can you recommend a qualified builder? Thanks, Lisa S. What a great question for this month! We have never built a loft bed, but we have seen ads for carpenters who specialize in doing just this. Mainly we have seen them on Craigslist, but we couldn't find many today.... Here's links for Luke Lowdnesand Julian. Here is Musa Sangare, who is a good general carpenter and handyman. There is definitely more out there and we'll post it as we see it.

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Hello AT,. Our new apartment has a 30 foot long living room that does not get good light at all. We love dark wood furniture and already own a wonderful dark coffee table but really have no idea what to do with the rest of the room! Rectangle rug or round rug? Carpet tiles or shaggy area rug?....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. Is dark wood too much for a poorly lit room? We are allowed to paint and I'd love some thoughts about how to make the room look a bit lighter with paint. Your apartment looks lovely, and the living room area, though long, looks like it will make a very good living room. Paint your main room a nice, warm, off-white, but give the long wall a rich warm accent color that will ultimately run behind your sofa. We see the track lights on the ceiling, and these will be great for lighting up that color and bouncing it into the room. Orient your living room with sofa along long wall facing media stand and TV on other wall, with coffee table in center and two chair on the TV side facing back at the sofa.

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While reminiscent of the childhood room of the 'Boy who lived' Harry Potter in terms of location, this small space makeover has another tie to the world of movie making. This previously underutilized storage closet is now the home to a second studio and editing suite for Apartment Therapy reader Christopher's growing wedding video business. The addition of a big chalkboard-painted wall adds drama and functionality as a giant organizing tool. As Christopher says, 'I'm constantly scribbling ideas down and didn't want to limit myself to a pen and paper - a chalkboard wall works well for me!' The contrast of the dark wall against the adjacent white walls also makes the most of the unusual angles of the space. Installing carpet tiles in a dark charcoal continues the color scheme, covers the terracotta colored tile and warms up the space, making it both more comfortable and finished. In a tall room with a small footprint, the vertical space is extra important, especially for a workspace. It's well utilized here, with decorative wall shelves, functional racks filled with movies and equipment and wall mounted lighting. An injection of personality and color in the form of comic themed framed prints finishes off the look. More info on the project: Office Space Renovate to Create.

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Among our predictions for the looks that will dominate the kitchen in 2017? What we're calling the new country kitchen. After years of hyper-minimal kitchens, we're seeing a swing back towards a more intricate, textured look - one that incorporates elements of the modern kitchen, like open shelving and minimal upper cabinets, but also brings in certain rustic or even traditional elements. We like to call it 'the new country kitchen'. The space above, from One Fine Stay, is a perfect example: the subway tile and open look of the kitchen, sans upper cabinets, are quite familiar, but the antique cabinets, which help to ground the space and add a little bit of warmth, are what really sets this room apart. See all our other predictions for the new colors for the kitchen here. The hyper-minimal style of this kitchen from SF Girl by Bay is enhanced by the texture of the exposed brick wall. Another favorite for the new country kitchen is soapstone countertops, seen here paired with shaker cabinets for an especially timeless look. The new kitchen is all about bringing together new and old elements in a way that feels timeless but also fresh. An antique work table, which serves as an island, adds warmth to this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home. Never has a kitchen so beautifully embraced the contrast between old and new as does this one from Svenngarden. This kitchen from The Country Philes, via Apartment Therapy, works dark colors and also vintage elements.

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We know that black and white are big right now, but color can also be used in white rooms to achieve a high-contrast look. Swedish paint company Alcro is one of our go-to sources for inspiration, so we checked their archives for good examples. The room above pairs white with creamy yellow and deep, dark gray for a sophisticated take on black and white. Click below for more.... Pinks, reds, and purples make up the contrasting elements in this modern white room. A deep, dark blue-green is a moody alternative to gray or black. This dark accent wall has green tones underlying it. Bold red in graphic patterns creates a high-contrast room without dark colors. For specific paint color ideas, check out AT's ColorTherapy posts.