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8 Ways To Make A Small Space Feel Bigger

04/28/2014 09:43am ET | Updated January 7, 2016

While most of us might not live in a 450-square-foot apartment, chances are our homes don't seem to have enough space. Whether you live in an apartment with a "weird" layout or have a room in your house with petite proportions, here are eight small-space ideas that create the illusion of more square footage.

1
Take the doors off cabinets.
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To answer your question right off the bat: Yes, you have to be a bit more organized.
2
Paint horizontal stripes.
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Black and white is always stylish, but the stripe treatment can make a room seem wider.
3
Be selective about what you bring into your home.
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Less is more -- never underestimate the power of breathing room in a small space.
4
Paint a statement wall.
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Whether you go dark or light, this creates depth which can make a room seem more spacious. (Embracing a minimal lifestyle also helps.)
5
Get (very) creative with wall space.
Got dozens of shoes? Put 'em up.
6
Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling.
This creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.
7
Incorporate mirrored finishes.
They reflect light (revolutionary, we know) which makes a room seem bigger.
8
Use a rug to define a space.
In an open floor plan, an area rug can turn a seating arrangement into a "room."

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