So after visiting NYC I was thinking of all my friends and family who live in the Big Apple or densely packed cities such as LA and San Francisco. Sometimes, the reality of living in a tiny studio can be a little overwhelming.  In Atlanta, I do not really face this issue.  Spaces are large and prices are relatively low.  I live in a 2500 sq ft house and I never really thought before about living in a substantially smaller space.   Thus, we’ve called in the big guns to help all you small-space dwellers outsmart your square footage and actually love where you live. We have scoured the web looking for local interior pros and design bloggers, and they all know a thing or two about making the most of mini oases. These tricks are so clever it might just change your life.

1.Create an art wall — in smaller rooms, a ‘gallery wall’ with multiple pieces opens up the space more than a single, large picture.
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2.Make sure you have enough floor and table lamps. Lighting all of the corners of a room is the best way to make it feel more spacious — and ambient light is so much more flattering than overhead!
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3. Layer a smaller rug — such as a zebra or cow hide — over a larger sisal rug. You probably already have some kind of 4′ x 6′ rug kicking around, but putting it over a bare floor can look pokey in a small room. Layer it over a much larger sisal or seagrass [rug], and the space will seem larger.

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4. Slim, tailored sofas don’t waste space with unnecessary arm width, and give you more valuable real estate for sitting. Two sofas may both be 84,” but the inside width (and depth) may be different. This sofa has great lines, and, with the narrow arms, it really takes advantage of available seating space.
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5.Our #1 tip is to maximize your furniture’s functionality. Poufs & Ottomans with interior storage make for great coffee tables, as well as impromptu seating with larger gatherings. This classic design is on casters, making it great for moving around the house when extra space is needed.

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6. Keeping the foundation of your small space neutral will really allow the eyes to keep moving. (That doesn’t mean just white, by the way.) Create dimension and style through color by adding in artwork, books, flowers, frames, etc, to your home. I love this large, leaning piece of art on the small desk — it’s full of interesting color. Just switch your artwork around when you want a fresh look.
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7. All small-space dwellers should own nesting tables. They nest easily, provide multiple surfaces, and they have clean table legs (not bulky at all). This set pays full homage to the Bauhaus style — plus, I love the range of colors on the four different-sized tables.
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8.One of my favorite tricks for a small space is to turn one room into two. If your space is fairly long or rectangular, you may be the prime candidate for this idea. Create a ‘wall’ that will make two separate zones. A few ideas to try: a sheer curtain, the headboard of your bed, or make a wall with materials you can find at your local hardware store. This pretty space is a great example of how this technique can make a big impact.
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9. Because space is at a premium, use smaller-scaled furniture. For example, these chairs by west elm, they both come in multiple colors and patterns, and they are small enough to fit virtually anywhere. It could fit in a living room, a bedroom, or even a foyer.

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10.The Ballard Larkin daybed is a great find because it also acts a sofa with a back. It ‘s available with or without a trundle, which comes in handy and simply tucks underneath. You can customize your fabric choices, too, so it really could work well as your main seating option — say, if you had a studio and don’t want anyone seeing your bed.
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