03/12/2015 02:34 EDT | Updated 03/12/2015 02:59 EDT

10 Small Space Solutions That Will Make Any Home Appear Bigger

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Just because you're confined to a small space, it doesn't mean you have to live with little.

When faced with limited living space, Apartment Therapy says there are three things will make a big difference: lighting, functionality and of course, organization.

Below we round up 10 simple solutions that make the most of any small space. From storage ideas to furniture advice, let us know if you have any tips in the comments below.

  • Plan With Proportions In Mind
    Plan With Proportions In Mind
    A small space needs small furniture. Instead of buying a big couch or a chunky coffee table, look for smaller pieces like futons, love seats and small side tables. Smaller pieces can easily be moved around when you have guests over.
  • Go Vertical
    Go Vertical
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    If you live in a small space you need to think tall: Use bookshelves and wall space to hang and display sentimental items.
  • Use Every Inch Of Space
    Use Every Inch Of Space
    These DIY rolling crates from Teal and Lime can be stored under your bed or couch to make storage a lot more stylish.
    Learn how to make crates here.
  • Save Space
    Save Space
    Small spaces can get crammed quickly, so make time to carefully fold clothes, for example. It will help you save space in your drawers and reduce wrinkles. This simple folding technique from The Gloss keeps your t-shirts nice and compact.
  • Store What You Don't Need
    Store What You Don't Need
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    Place seasonal clothes like bulky jackets and sweaters in empty suitcases, and store them under the bed or at the back of your closet until you need them.
  • Pick The Right Paint
    Pick The Right Paint
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    Dark colours make your room appear smaller while light shades create the illusion of more space.
  • Add A Mirror
    Add A Mirror
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    Due to their reflective nature, mirrors help a room seem bigger and brighter. Place a large mirror across from a window, and you'll trick guests into thinking there's another room beyond the frame.
  • Choose Convertible Furniture
    Choose Convertible Furniture
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    Multipurpose furniture is a must-have in a small space. Choose a pull out couch that doubles as a guest bed or beds that come with storage space.
  • Hide It Behind The Door
    Hide It Behind The Door
    Keep clutter at bay by storing supplies in shoe bags. You'll be able to see everything you have and you'll never worry about knocking over a bottle of bleach again.
    Get more laundry storage ideas at: The Organized Housewife
  • Think Custom Or DIY
    Think Custom Or DIY
    There's so much wasted space under the stairs, don't sacrifice it, customize it.
    Learn how to make this custom cabinet on Ikea Hackers.

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