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Small Space Living Tips From Paul Schulman

Four Tips For Making the Most of a Small Living Space

For those of us living in small apartments in big cities, maximizing our cramped living space and lack of closets is often a major decorating issue. If you're trying to figure out how to make the most of your small interiors, good news. Today, interior designer Paul Schulman is sharing four tips for creating a gorgeous, livable, and organized home, even if its square footage is less than ideal.

Understand the Scale of the Space "The size of the space drives the decisions about what kinds of things you really need in the space. For example, if you are working with a small living room, say, don’t get a sofa with large rolled arms. The arms add about six to eight inches on each side and do nothing to add seating or efficiency."

Edit "Smaller spaces show off bad decisions like living next door to a casino. Edit, edit edit. Be careful about what goes in the space. This doesn't means you shouldn't add style or some decorative details, it just means to keep to your focus and vision for the space."

Keep reading for two more tips from Paul!

Simplify "Make the spaces as simple and architectural as possible. If there is cabinetry or shelving, make everything line up as much as possible, so the space feels more architectural. Simplifying the structure of the room will make the space feel more organized and less cluttered. Same goes with decorating, less is more in small spaces. Trying to do too much makes the space feel busy, and often plays against the core need of the space."

Hide "Store things away. I recommend having doors that close in the chaos or a storage trunk as a side or coffee table. Hiding goes hand in hand with simplicity: the less unnecessary stuff, the more focus on the function of the space."

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Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 5 years
Just might need a ladder to see what's in your top drawer :P
lauren lauren 5 years
@ lil maw, I thought was pretty cool too! Interesting take and def. makes great use of the space!
Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 5 years
Love the wall mounted dresser! So neat!
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