15 Small Spaces That'll Make You Want To Redesign Your Entire Life

Photo: Courtesy Erica Gannett.
We don't need to sell you on the virtues of small space living. With real estate at a premium in cities across the U.S., from S.F. to NYC, we can all appreciate the power of a well-designed space with a tiny footprint.

That's why we've turned to the R29 Home archive to dig up five small apartments filled to the brim with big ideas. From lighting to curtains, bedrooms to bathrooms, there are plenty of space-saving, budget-cutting tips to go around.

Click through and let us know in the comments — how do you make the most of your small space arrangement?
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In this Chinatown apartment, interior stylist Kelley Carter used a mix of matte and metallic decorative accessories to reflect light and add depth and dimension. Floor-length curtains frame the space and draw the eye upward.
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In this corner, an out-of-sight stack of books adds much-needed height to a floor lamp.
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On the bed, a group of monochromatic throw pillows in various small-scale patterns creates a sophisticated, worldly look.
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Photo: Courtesy Gunnar Larson.
In this small, open-plan Brooklyn home, the curtain rods are hung six inches beyond each side of the window frame to make them appear larger.
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In the living area, floating shelves were used in lieu of side tables to keep floor space free.
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The standard rental lighting was replaced in the bedroom with a paper lantern fixture. The bed features a poppy selection of throw pillows that pack a punch, without overwhelming the space.
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In this 380-square-foot studio, a tailored bed skirt keeps under-the-bed storage out of sight and out of mind.
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A corner of the dining area is sacrificed to a "walk-out" closet, where Rosenblum can arrange her next morning's outfits and store jewelry and accessories.
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A children's rug is less expensive and better suited to small space living than a similar style from an adult-oriented outlet.
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In this shared space in Brooklyn, Wang eschewed a gallery wall in favor of two large unframed canvases that help define the living area.
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A vintage trunk tucked away behind a love seat acts as a bar cart and serving area.
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In the bathroom, Wang swapped out her shower curtain for a clear liner that lets light from a small window in the shower shine through.
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Photo: Courtesy Julia Robbs.
This 450-square-foot San Francisco studio is as bold as it is brilliant. The dark wall color unifies the space and is offset by lighter-hued upholstered pieces and a white ceiling.
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The tiny TV blends into a charming gallery wall.
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In the dining area, a round table is perfectly suited to the bay window — and much easier to maneuver around.
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