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Transforming a 500 square foot home into a beautiful yet functional space can really be a challenge, but it’s far from impossible. Designing such a small space can actually be really fun, especially if you know what you’re doing. So, if you need some help with that feat, here are some tips for you.

Colors are the key

Color has that amazing ability to make or break a small space design. It can make a small space feel open and big as long as you use it right. Choose colors that have a light and airy feel to them, such as sea shades, citrus, pastels and white (but don’t forget accents!). Accent colors will not only help bring your rooms to life, but also make your small space seem bigger. Moreover, you can decorate walls with mirrors that will additionally open up a room and create an illusion of space.

Colors - decorating small spaces

Use double duty furniture

Another great tip when it comes to decorating small spaces is to use furniture pieces that can serve double duty. For instance, incorporate a small bistro table into your space that can double as a dining table or a desk. Also, concentrate on pieces that don’t take up too much visual space. You can use a glass or acrylic coffee table that will not overwhelm the room. Thanks to its see-through properties, you can go as big as you want since it will not take up any visual space.

bistro table - decorating small spaces

Use any surface available

If you have a tiny bedroom but still want a comfy queen-sized bed, you will not have enough space for nightstands and reading lamps. But, the floor is not the only surface you can use here. Think mounted sconces that will look even more beautiful than a simple lamp. In the living room, you can mount your TV to the wall, and in the kitchen, use countertop extensions or a chopping board that folds over the kitchen sink for some extra cooking space. Every inch counts when it comes to such small spaces, so try to think outside the box.

decorating small spaces

Be smart with storage

The biggest problem with small homes is the storage space. Clutter can make an already small space seem even smaller, so you’ll have to be smart. For instance, get a credenza for the living room that can serve both as an entertainment center and a nice home for all the messy cables and routers. A cool mirrored chest can store a lot of out-of-season clothes, and a cleverly-designed office bookcase can easily double as a bar. Also, don’t forget about under-the-bed storage space that usually goes unused.

kitchen - decorating small spaces

Cut, edit and delete

If you want more space in your small home, you have to remember that nothing is set in stone, not even your walls. Knock out some walls and your space will look bigger and airier in no time (plus, open plan spaces are more popular than ever). When doing some more serious renovations like these, make sure you call pros for help, otherwise, you could create more problems. For instance, experts from EnviroX can inspect your space for asbestos and mold, and explain how you can get rid of it easily and painlessly. Another great trick for creating space is minimalism. You’ll be surprised to know just how few things you actually need in your home. Things that are not functional or hold sentimental value shouldn’t additionally clutter your small space.

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As you can see, turning a small space into something large and luxurious doesn’t have to be a mission impossible. With some fresh design and some clever storage solutions, you can turn your shoebox apartment into an efficient and beautiful dream home.