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Sometimes simplicity is best. One of the biggest challenges of living in small spaces is the inevitable
mess that can quickly pile up to become a stressful eyesore. Cut it down with dual-purpose furniture
pieces, such as versatile yet stylish futons, bathroom vanities that offer mini-storage space, desks
that double as nightstands, or a wall unit that conceals a Murphy bed. Glass accents and floating
shelves also help to keep your room free from any visual obstructions.
It's not just hocus pocus; well-placed mirrors can make more square footage instantly appear, thanks to
optical illusions. Let oversized or decorative mirrors serve double duty to visually expand your room or
create more depth and dimension. Smaller mirrors displayed as a group work together as an attractive
wall accent and, when added with other reflective surfaces, can distribute more natural light to broaden
your sense of space.
Fundamental interior design draws the eye around the entire room. Keep your floors clear by adding
more crucial storage with console or end tables, wall shelves, tall cabinets, storage ottomans, or
floating units such as wall-mounted bathroom vanities.
For extra impact, cover your floors with patterned area rugs or use decorative wallpaper or tiles
to create a feature wall or play up more ceiling height. Make your windows appear wider and taller
by hanging curtains and drapes higher and extending them just outside the frame.
Bonus tip: Apply neutral tones or similar shades with bursts of colour to create more visual interest.
Instead of struggling to stretch out available space, you can also accept your room's compact size
as a strength rather than a weakness. For a light, delicate, and intimate look and feel, opt for compact
pieces such as kitchen carts and stools. Or, in contrast, you can also create a feeling of luxury and
closeness by pairing dark, dramatic wallpaper patterns with larger furniture pieces such as dining
tables and seating, heavy bed frames or freestanding bathroom vanities. Don't be afraid to invest in
high-end upgrades such as hardware, countertops, cabinetry, or flooring that become more
budget-friendly with less square footage.
Use simple and versatile pieces
like futons to maximize your room.
Pull your look together with
patterns and colour palettes in your
furnishing, bedding and wall space.
Neutral Shades and Lighting
Help Expand Your Sense of Space.
Use Your Wall Space for Handy
Storage Without Adding Clutter.
Widen Narrow Powder Rooms
with Reflective Surfaces Such
as Mirrors and Wall Tiles.
Take Advantage of Storage in as
Many Places as Possible — Along
the Walls or Even Under the Sink.
Save Your Floor Space with
Classic Pedestal Sinks in
Let in more Light and Minimize
Visual Obstructions with
Glass Shower Stalls.
Use smaller square footage to
your advantage with larger
scale updates such as cabinetry,
backsplashes, or countertops.
Freshen up your kitchen with a
citrus colour palette and
vertical stripes that makes your
space feel taller, not smaller.
Not enough space for a dining
area? Bar stools can help solve
your kitchen seating dilemma.
Count on kitchen carts for extra
storage and counter space for
food prep and serving.
Give your living room a modern edge
with pops of mustard yellow
armchairs against a black and white
Work with your wall space with
floor-to-ceiling bookcases or
shelving alongside mounted
Hang a large mirror to distribute
more natural light and expand your
Add modern lighting and geometric
prints for visual interest with