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15 Designer Tips for Living Large in a Small Space

August 06, 2015

Whether it's a simple rearrangement of items you already have, or an idea that urges you to start from scratch, these 15 tips will supply you with the inspiration and know-how to view less as more.

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Look to the Light

If ample wall or floor space is lacking, use a light fixture as your statement piece. Whether you're turned on by something funky or old-fashioned, the ceiling-mounted fixture won't take up valuable real estate. Bonus: More light brightens up the smallest of spaces.

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Photo: Kelly Christine

Lay Low

Space is a resource that can be measured both horizontally and vertically. To make a room with low ceilings feel more spacious, select tables, sofas and chairs that sit low to the ground to achieve a high-ceiling visual effect.

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Photo: Axis Mundi Design. From: Axis Mundi.

Remodel With Dividers

Sectioning off space in your already small home may seem counterintuitive but its a practice in prioritization. If you're willing to forgo some living room space to create a home office, for instance, section it off. DIY a divider with a curtain rod and dreamy drapes, a standing bookcase, or scour flea markets for an antique screen.

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Photo: Photo Designs by Odessa. From: Regan Baker.

Experiment With Open Cabinetry

If the thought of revealing what's stacked (or stashed, rather!) in your kitchen cabinets completely terrifies you, start with one or two. You may surprise yourself with how much it opens up your space and the motivation it inspires to keep tidy.

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