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How To Decorate Your Small Space For Fall — Tips From The Pros

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    Bottom line: Your apartment's square footage should never limit you from having a fabulous home. Sure, maybe you can't buy that massive Chesterfield sofa or host a sit-down dinner party for 12, but that doesn't have to stop you from living with colors and pieces you love. Your rooms should be welcoming, cozy, and totally luxe.

    We turned to four design experts who've made over their fair share of tight quarters, and asked them what the secrets are to creating intimate but not cabin-fever-inducing interiors. And, their answers were surprising. Turns out you shouldn't paint your walls stark white and put all your furniture out on the curb. Minimalism will not save you. Dark tones, ornate wallpaper, and an overload of rich prints can actually all win in a cramped space, and truly make it more polished. Ahead, warm, impactful nooks that may just inspire a decor makeover of your own this weekend.

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    Pull In Your Furniture
    "Backing all your furniture right up against the wall is one of the biggest furniture faux pas ever. No matter how small the room, the minute you bring things in toward the center (even by a few inches!), you’ll change the whole atmosphere, create breathing space, and make your space appear bigger." — Abigail Ahern, interior designer and author of Decorating With Style .

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    Move Lighting To The Walls
    "This Brass Flush Mount Lamp from CB2 is a great replacement to your current lighting fixture that may let you actually gain space. Also, when you use the silver-tip bulbs on a white wall or ceiling, it gives you an awesome interior glow." — Gunnar Larson, interior designer and Refinery29 contributor.

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    Pair Sleek Metals & Glass
    "Liberally sprinkle your space with lots of glass and metallics. From sweet, little, glass occasional tables to sparkly, metallic vases, these pieces help animate a petite room." — Abigail Ahern

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    Ditch The Sofa
    "No matter what size you get, a sofa will always be a big piece of furniture. Instead, fill your living room with side- or armchairs, poufs, and side tables. Chairs give you the freedom of arranging the seating however you want to fit your room or the occasion. Plus, there's an airiness and intimacy you can't get with the traditional living-room setup." — Kelley Carter, stylist and interior designer.

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    Opt For Retro Lighting
    "This awesome Clint Mini Task Lamp from West Elm is the perfect fit on a small side table, on top of a stack of books, or on a shelf for just a little extra lighting. Unlike the movie *batteries not included, it won't save your East Village apartment from the evil landlord, but it will save your studio mood." — Gunnar Larson