Small-apartment dwellers, don’t give up your subway-adjacent space just yet. A few smart décor decisions will have you playing penthouse in no time.

How to Decorate Small Spaces

Oversized Mirror
Rest one against an alcove wall to give the illusion of extra space. Or hang it horizontally above the couch for added height.

Decorative Screen
Live in a studio? Create a makeshift dressing space or a barrier between the bed and lounge area.

Nesting Tables
When guests swing by, pull these out to hold hors d’oeuvres. Then tuck them together when you’re on your own.

Feel your place getting bigger? Scoop these pieces up at our Smart Style for Small Spaces: Furniture & Décor Boutique on Saturday, March 29, at 11AM ET.

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March 29, 2014

There’s an elevator ride between you and the laundry room. You have no control over the thermostat. And every year, you suffer through the holidays with mediocre décor because opening your front door and simultaneously knocking over a Christmas tree is just no fun.

Cheer up. This season, thanks to the expert advice of interior designer and Rue Living Inspirer Ron Marvin, things are changing.

Ron Marvin's Holiday Decor Tips for Small Spaces

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November 26, 2013

Turns out, bigger is not always better. Make the most of downsized space in small apartments, studios, or empty corners by ensuring each piece works overtime. Here, three tips to try.


Divide and Conquer
Maybe you live in a studio or you’re low on closet or study space. Choose a screen that matches your aesthetic and effortlessly divide a room.

Do Double Duty
Nesting tables, jewelry cabinets, storage benches – maximize every inch with pieces that serve more than one purpose and store easily out of sight.

Mirror Image
Create the illusion of added square footage by hanging an oversized mirror above the couch or choosing a glass-top coffee table.

Our Made for Small Spaces: Multiuse Furniture & More Boutique opens Monday, September 9, at 3PM ET.

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September 9, 2013