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Use the mirror effect. If there's a tried and true trick for opening up a tiny room, it's adding a large mirror. This one is massive, but the reflection makes it feel transparent, so it doesn't seem as though it hulks over the space. In fact, it provides enough visual expansion to allow for an overscale dining table as well.
Keep the footprint small. This is one of the great secrets of furnishing a pint-size room: Bring in large-scale pieces that have a shallow footprint. That way, you'll get the presence and gravitas of overscale furniture without swallowing too much floor space.
Go vertical. Small rooms often have more room on the walls than on the floors. In this Lilliputian kitchen, an oversize range hood, a full wall of shelving and hanging pot racks free up enough space underfoot to add a good-size butcher block island.
Choose curved pieces. Rounded tables, corners and other elements occupy less visual space than furnishings with sharp corners. This dining room would feel much more cramped with a rectangular table.
Channel your inner minimalist. This built-in credenza dominates the small bedroom, but it works because its size eliminates the need for additional case goods.
Keep the palette monochromatic. What makes this towering headboard, oversize folding screen and expansive bed work? A unified color scheme of gray, black and white, which prevents any single element from stopping the eye. High-contrast colors would have created more visual separation and made the space feel more choppy.
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