Think about all the things you do in a space — work, sleep, relax, eat — and then establish separate zones for those activities. You can evoke “rooms” with a curtain, a smartly-placed table and chair or paint.
Pieces that can serve multiple purposes are everything: Find a table that can function as a desk and a dining table, get a deep sofa that can double as a guest bed or buy cubes that serve as a coffee table and bonus seats when guests are over.
Trick your eye.
Create an impression of expansiveness by exploiting decorative sleight of hand, from floor-to-ceiling curtains and see-through furnishings to strategically placed mirrors.
Make every piece count.
Choose furnishings that offer maximum functionality in minimal square footage. “Use two small round tables instead of one big coffee table.
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.
Visual continuity creates calmness.
Soothing, even-toned rooms fool the eye into thinking they’re more spacious than they are.
Customize your storage.
Bespoke built-ins, storage nooks and furniture tailored to your exact needs can utilize every available sliver of space. And when they’re part of the walls, you don’t lose nearly as much valuable square footage.
Create a jewel box.
Some splurges can create a grandeur vibe in a home, making it feel larger. Give a hallway a salon-style hanging of artwork or a library-like installation of books.
Exploit the often under-utilized space between the tops of furniture and a room’s ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements. Take bookcases and cabinets all the way up.
Create sight lines.
Tear down walls, enlarge windows or swap solid doors for glass one to open up views and connect adjacent spaces. Another option: Create visual stumbling blocks with walls or shelving that force you to take in the space slowly — suggesting that it’s larger than it is.