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20 of the world's most stylish small houses and flats

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Living in a small space doesn't have to mean propping your TV precariously on a pile of old boxes, or books falling on your head every time you turn over in bed.

These tiny houses and flats from around the world make the most of their limited square footage without compromising on charm. In fact, being small is a central part of their appeal.

From the lakeside artist's studio in Stockholm to the Oregon-based cabin in the woods, these pint-sized abodes boast a series of clever design details that ooze character and make for a cosy, functional and uncluttered living space.

So whether you're strapped for cash or fancy downsizing to something a little more minimal, take inspiration from our pick of the world's most beautiful small homes:

  • The cabin in the woods

    This contemporary Oregon cabin took its owners four months to build and cost $22,000 (£131,000).

    Photo: TinyHouseBuild/Rex Features

  • The cabin in the woods

    Indoors it is sleek and modern, with plenty of windows and bold block colouring conjuring up a sense of simplicity and space.

    Photo: TinyHouseBuild/Rex Features

  • The lakeside artist's studio

    This wonderfully bucolic loft on the Stockholm archipelago is the creation of Swedish artist Carouschka Streijffer.

    Photo: Carouschka 2000

  • The lakeside artist's studio

    It features neutral hues, upcycled furnishings and a hammock to save on space.

    Photo: Carouschka 2000

  • The Mountain Retreat

    The US-based couple behind this gorgeous little haven were inspired to live a more simple life - "less possessions, less debt, less stress."

    Photo: almostglamping.com

  • The Mountain Retreat

    It's beautifully finished inside with intricate window designs and a clever use of lighting.

    Photo: almostglamping.com

  • The cubed apartment

    These minuscule apartments are stacked up on top of one another in the dense hubbub of central Tokyo.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The cubed apartment

    Space is utilised to the max with a light, airy décor and neat storage boxes lining the ceiling-high shelves.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The trucker's home

    This is one road trip you really wouldn't want to miss out on - a tiny apartment in the inside of a lorry...

    Photo: tinyhouseswoon.com via Pinterest

  • The trucker's home

    The inside of a lorry's never looked so good. The pine wood flooring and shelves make for a serene, relaxed hideaway.

    Photo: tinyhouseswoon.com via Pinterest

  • The mobile eco-hub

    Architect Marek Jan Stepan Brno built this minimal house concept called Freedomek (FreeHouse) in Brno in the Czech Republic.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The mobile eco-hub

    Innovative and comfy, it is off-grid and cheaper than most other houses with a living space of just 40 square metres.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The blue house

    This tiny Maryland home measures 238 square foot and cost Greg Cantori and his wife $19,000 (£11,300) to build. They downsized in order to retire and spend half their time aboard a sail boat.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The blue house

    It comes with a porch, a tiny stainless-steel fireplace, a washer-dryer and a bathroom with a full-sized shower and a composting toilet. In the main living room there is a small kitchen and sitting/dining area. An upstairs loft area is home to not one but two bedrooms.

    Photo: Rex Features

  • The Swedish micro apartment

    This itsy one-bed apartment boasts 94 square foot in living space and was designed with cash-strapped students in mind.

    Photo: idesignarch.com via Pinterest

  • The Swedish micro apartment

    It's cosy and functional within, with smooth finishes, tiered levels and plenty of essential shelving.

    Photo: idesignarch.com via Pinterest

  • The cream-coloured studio

    This lovely little home combines a classic cream base with funky dashes of colour and personality such as the floral cushion, the red retro kettle and the "Simplify" lettering on the mezzanine level.

    Photo: via Pinterest

  • The stylish study

    What this glorious study lacks in square metres, it more than makes up for with character. We love the low-hanging lights, pot plants and splashes of vibrant colour.

    Photo: stagetecture.com via Pinterest

  • The urban pied-à-terre

    Hanging a bed halfway up the staircase is a wonderfully innovative way of saving on space. Plus you have all the excuse you need to take a nap halfway through the day...

    Photo: theultralinx.com via Pinterest

  • The bunk bed bolthole

    Bunk beds in a cupboard? Yes please. It's a delicious use of space, especially with the rustic chic vibe going on in this weeny slice of homely paradise.

    Photo: tinyhouseliving.com via Pinterest

  • The one with the rugs

    The brightly woven rugs on the floor and walls here breathe life into what could have been a crowded space without overwhelming it. Even the cat's a fan...

    Photo: via Pinterest

  • The stainless steel flat

    A groomed, urbane interior like this isn't to everyone's taste but we rate the way the stainless steel staircase is used as a statement from which all other details take their lead.

    Photo: via Pinterest

  • The boho hangout

    We imagine Carrie Bradshaw would be right at home in this boho delight of a room. The clothes rail is pretty and saves on the need for a bulky wardrobe, while the trunk table can double up as storage space.

    Photo: via Pinterest

  • The mezzanine-level loft

    Props to the clever use of basket storage on the ladder staircase here , not to mention the cream and wood finish which gives everything a sense of lightness and cohesion.

    Photo: via Pinterest

  • The Gothenburg room

    As we've seen, a raised bed works wonders in a flat measuring 29 metres square, as with this charming Gothenburg retreat. The white colouring creates space but a few cleverly placed (and beautifully designed) accoutrements stop it from being bland or clinical.

    Photo: delikatissen.com via Pinterest

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