04/28/2014 09:43 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2016

8 Ways To Make A Small Space Feel Bigger

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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