Each measuring under 120 square metres, these two L-shaped apartment layouts feature open plan living under peaceful shades of grey, white, black and wood tone. Designed for business professionals, we’re looking at sleek interiors that are aimed to impress and redress the work-life balance. First, we’ll go to observe the thoughtful renovation of a historic space in Moscow, which includes ingenious subspaces and elevated planes. Then, we’ll take off to the Dnipro river in Kyiv, Ukraine, to a part-time yet cosy home of business and pleasure. A welcoming place where new colleagues soon become fast friends. Full floor plans included at the end of each home tour.

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Super small, all under 30 square metres in fact, these five homes are impressive beyond their measure. Their effective layouts make small living look refined and entirely effortless. Using clever concealing doors, smart space prioritisation, unique storage solutions, plus mindful decor additions (and subtractions) leads to homes that not only rival larger counterparts but beat them hands down in terms of ingenuity. If you have a small space to fill, but don’t want it to appear overfilled, then soak up the originality of this amazing little collection.

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Lofted bedrooms are an awesome space stretcher. When presented with a particularly high ceiling, the temptation is to whack in an entire second floor to double up on that square footage, but that can stunt your lower floor. A loft level allows line of sight to wander all the way from ground floor to ceiling peak. Dual level windows maintain their full and mighty presence, and natural light beams throughout. Placing a bedroom in an elevated position keeps it out of eyeline in an open plan setting, yet grants an atmospheric link with the rest of the home interior. Stick with us for six designs that showcase how to conquer the lofted layout with slick inspirational style.

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