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story.lead_photo.caption TNS/DESIGN RECIPES A wall of mirrors helps a small living room feel open and spacious.

Small spaces can pose unique visual challenges when it comes to design. It is important for small spaces to feel as spacious as possible and functional. And it's still possible to live large. Here are eight design hacks to help maximize the potential of smaller spaces.

1. Use mirrors. Mirrors can automatically help make small spaces feel bigger and more open and bright.

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An open floor plan is divided into zones for living and dining.
TNS/DESIGN RECIPES An open floor plan is divided into zones for living and dining.

2. Divide open floor plans into zones. Create different zones for sleeping, entertaining and dining.

3. When painting, consider adding a horizontal or vertical stripe as an accent detail. This painting technique can help low ceilings feel taller and make rooms feel wider.

4. Use neutral colors. They can help make a small space feel not as closed in.

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A studio space is made cohesive through color mapping, or repeating the same colors throughout.
TNS/DESIGN RECIPES A studio space is made cohesive through color mapping, or repeating the same colors throughout.

5. Use color mapping. Color mapping is a technique in which the same or similar colors are mapped or repeated from room to room or within a room. This is an especially useful technique to make the color scheme in a small room feel cohesive.

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A round dining table is the ideal solution for smaller spaces.
TNS/DESIGN RECIPES A round dining table is the ideal solution for smaller spaces.

6. Try round tables instead of rectangular ones. In smaller spaces, round tables help make a space feel more open and spacious.

7. Use glass and transparent surfaces. Solid surfaces such as wood automatically take up space.

8. Make the most of every space. In small spaces, it is more important that every area, even a windowless alcove, be fully used and functional.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York, is a television host and interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington.

HomeStyle on 01/12/2019

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