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Ralph Lauren's window designer Zach Motl's small space motto? "It's about making one room feel like five. It's about how you arrange the furniture, and how the pieces play off one another." Small Rooms Design, Design Homes, Brooklyn Studios, Tiny Rooms, Studios Apartment, Decoration Idea, Plaid Curtains, Twin Beds, Small Spaces
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"If we have another family visiting, either all the kids go down and the parents go up, or the whole family sleeps in the bunk room," Kim Dempster says. "Kids just love that room, and they'll hang out down there when it's not bedtime."
A high ceiling and wall of windows gives design consultant Ellen O'Neill's 450-square-foot studio in New York City a light, airy feel.
A living room turned dining room in a 390-square-foot New York City apartment. Design: David Kaihoi
A 48-square-foot kitchen in New York City. "To fit everything in, I had to shave every element of the design," designer Stephanie Stokes says.
Hinson's Fireworks wallpaper by Albert Hadley highlights a mirror Ewart designed as a simplified version of the living-room mantel mirror.
A nautical-themed alcove bedroom. "It's supposed to look like a berth on a boat," designer Stephen Shubel says. "Most people say the whole house feels like you're aboard a beautiful old wooden boat.
Designer Nick Olsen broke all the rules when he decorated a 295-square-foot Brooklyn apartment with bold colors and patterns.
AMAZING: Use Bigger — But Fewer — Furnishings It may seem counterintuitive, but outfitting a small space with just a few large-scale pieces (rather than a mishmash of pint-size furniture) can actually make it feel grander. That said, don't be afraid of filling up the space. When a room is populated with furniture, it actually appears larger.