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Paint can totally transform a space, but if you’re renting, stick with a light shade you can easily paint over when you move out. “I firmly believe going neutral with your wall color and furniture instantly creates a sophisticated and expansive look,” says designer Francesco Bilotto. Mix in a pattern and texture to keep things interesting.

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Living in a small space is tough, especially when your decorating options are limited by rental rules and landlord laws. Let these ideas inspire you to make the home (and space) you want.

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Get the look: grey headboard ($117, amazon.com), pink bedding ($39, amazon.com), white throw pillow ($16, amazon.com)

Some vintage apartment buildings come with gorgeous built-ins, ideal for storing modern necessities. If your apartment is lacking, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.

Get the look: peel and stick silver wallpaper ($27, amazon.com)

Good lighting can completely transform a room, and its source doesn’t necessarily need to be a hardwired ceiling fixture. Invest in lamps to place on end tables, nightstands, and side tables. Position floor lamps to illuminate dark corners and hang plug-in wall sconces in hallways or above sofas. Plug-in undercabinet lighting will give your kitchen work areas new life and make cooking tasks easier.

An old solution for cramped spaces has come back into style for good reason. Today’s Murphy beds pop out of sight and look just as great when they’re in use, says designer Dawn Burns-Pratt.

Place furniture in the corners of rooms at an angle and use the space behind to stash baskets of extra linens, toys, crafts supplies, or whatever else you need to store.

Picture your apartment’s living space without any furniture to help you think beyond your current furniture arrangement. Decide if the room is large enough to divide up in to zones that will make the space more functional. Then get creative with how you start to arrange furniture. It might make the most sense to “float” the sofa in the middle of the room and place your TV on the wall facing it. You can then use the space on the other side of the sofa for an office or dining area. Place a console behind the couch to use for storage to serve both zones.

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A cramped dining nook can become worthy of dinner parties with a few smart strategies. Use clear chairs or a glass-top table to visually expand the space and make it feel bigger, hang up some artwork, and adjust the lighting. Install wall-mount sconces that don’t need to be hardwired, or place lamps on a narrow console. If your dining area came with a chandelier, see if you can cover the bare bulbs with shades, which will diffuse the light, softening the room’s glow.

Get the look: black paint ($4, amazon.com), paint brushes ($10, amazon.com)

“A light rug can open up your room and make it feel larger,” says Langdon. A bound carpet remnant can work great. If your apartment came with stained or dark wall-to-wall carpeting, cover it up with a rug in a lighter hue.

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Add a little pizzazz to your entryway or bedside table with a customized tray. Use this simple stencil technique to transform a boring metal tray into something you’ll be proud to display.

Get the look: beige paint ($52, amazon.com), paint brushes ($10, amazon.com), tray liner ($7, amazon.com)

Finding nonpermanent ways to update your apartment is key to making a rental feel like home. You might want to switch out your sink, but your rental agreement makes it a no-go. Instead, modify it to suit your tastes. Hang a skirt around an open sink, using adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape to hide unsightly plumbing. Hide baskets or a low shelving unit of bathroom essentials behind the skirt.

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Because small spaces are very limited, you need to figure out your priorities and allocate accordingly, says Marvin. Some people need a desk area, but not a dining area. Some people want a living area and would prefer a bed that folds up.

“Make the space work for your needs and don’t hold yourself to what is traditional in a home. It’s your home.”

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A beautifully skirted table hides a secret. Beneath the sumptuous fabric is a shelving unit that holds dining room extras. Use the skirted-table trick in bedrooms and house shoes or handbags below, or in a living room to hide media components.

Because most apartments are boxy, it’s fun to add some curves. Designer Libby Langdon suggests round tables, chairs with a curve and rugs that are either shaped or adorned with spirals and dots.

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“They’re artwork for the floor!” says Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. “Rooms that have many layers feel more sophisticated than those that are one-dimensional. Area rugs are a great way to help define different areas within a space as well as add a pop of color, pattern and texture.”

Add light up, down and all around to create interest and the feeling of space. “Lights are the most amazing way of making a home feel warm and welcoming. Using several lamps throughout a space creates a warm glow in the room,” says designer Ron Marvin.

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A daybed can be a couch by day and a guest bed by night. Plumped up with plenty of pillows for back support, you can sink comfortably on to a daybed to watch TV or read a book. But when overnight guests come, they’ll have a comfortable place to sleep. Keep a large basket nearby for extra linens to make the transition from couch to bed easy.

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Designer Jason Landau loves mounting floating shelves wherever there is space. Because they float, this kind of shelving adds tons of storage but looks sleek and contemporary. And then go crazy with the stacking, he says.

If you start with a neutral base, then mix in color, you’ll always stay on trend. “It will look collected and high-end, even if you are buying mainly mass-market pieces,” Dee Elms of Terrat Elms Interior Design says.

Employ hampers for more than just dirty clothes. Use them around your apartment for stashing umbrellas and hats, extra linens, or kids’ toys.

Employ an industrial metal shelving unit as extra kitchen storage if your apartment’s kitchen storage options are less than generous. The cool finish of this unit recalls metal touches that are standard in pro kitchens. Use baskets to corral kitchen staples, and incorporate a few decorative touches to keep it fun.

In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your apartment’s dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.

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Contrary to what you might think, small spaces don’t have to forgo a bed with lots of linens and fabrics. Layers and an elegant mix of colors, prints and pillows can make a space seem airy and give depth to what is likely one of the biggest pieces in the home.

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If you can’t afford new furniture or are dealing with pieces that look dated, slipcover chairs in something that’s entirely your style to change up the look.

“Nothing made me feel more grown up than my first curtains and roman shades that weren’t made of paper or plastic,” says Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design. “Fabric curtains immediately add luxurious structure and color to a room.”

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Lucite tables or chairs and glass tops all give the impression of openness while still delivering the function you need.

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Even if your rental walls are white and your seating is nondescript, the smallest of decorations can make a big impact. Bring personality to your apartment with plenty of fun throw pillows. To make changing your look easier down the road, buy pillow covers and pillow forms separately. New covers can go on the forms and the old covers can be stashed away without taking up much storage space.

Go all out to fill up boring walls. Hang a grid of favorite pictures or prints inside frames with large mats. The bigger mats will provide much-needed white space for an active display. Onlookers will be able to take in each photo, which makes for an effective display.

If you can’t paint the walls in your apartment, paint your furniture. A new paint job on a bed frame or nightstand can be just as impactful as new color on the walls. 

Give plain curtains a bit of personality with this easy painted stripe technique.

“You work hard during the day, and your bedroom should be a retreat suited for total relaxation,” advises Lewis. “Investing in good linens and a nice mattress makes all the difference in the world.”

You’re not limited to the mini blinds that come standard in most rentals. Dress up you windows with easy DIY curtains. This no-sew project can be done in a weekend!

You don’t have to live with those standard-issue apartment blinds. Add a touch of drama with curtains, and consider the tricks you can do with them to make your space appear larger. Hang curtains outside the window or even on bare walls.

Hang them floor to ceiling to create height, or have them flow from a cornice that hides the curtain rod.

Unless you’re trying to make a statement with a dramatic, overstuffed couch, your small space will actually look larger with moderately sized or slightly smaller furnishings. It’s all about scale!

Get the look: orange lamp ($84, amazon.com), pink pillow cover ($5, amazon.com), pink striped pillow ($6, amazon.com)

Use colorful garden stools as impromptu coffee tables or as bedside tables. These relatively lightweight furniture pieces can easily be moved from room to room and are much easier to carry up apartment stairs than a bulky table.

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“Replacing builder-grade light fixtures is a quick transformation that’s super high impact. You can really change the look and feel of a space with a few new pendants, a chandelier or a sconce.”

When space is at a premium, invest in a large, one-stop-shop bookcase that will serve multiple storage needs. Place it in a central location in your apartment unit and store books and dishes on the upper shelves; place bins, baskets, or drawers on the lower shelves to house linens, flatware, office supplies, and any extra things that don’t have a place to live.

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Better Homes and Gardens edtior Eddie Ross spills the decorating secrets he used to make his own apartment look fabulous.

Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your apartment walls.

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Turn your TV wall into a focal point. Hang paneled artwork behind the TV to frame it, and surround the TV with plenty of storage. This TV could have been placed on the console beneath it, but to maximize space and functionality in an apartment rental, take your TV to the wall and place a console beneath it that can be used as a serving surface when entertaining. Plus, having a piece of furniture beneath a wall-mount TV grounds it and prevents it from seeming as if there’s a random black object floating on the wall.

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“Putting wallpaper up in the bathroom is a small project with a lot of bang,” says Elms. “With so many self-adhesive options available, this shouldn’t be a problem for renters.”

Bring furniture into your bathroom and you’ll be adding plenty of function. A slender table with a drawer can be used for storage and a sturdy chair can become a perch for clean towels.

Vintage buildings have plenty of charm, but some original elements can pose a decorating challenge. Rather than cringe at something you don’t like, embrace it and find a work-around. If the bathroom tile is a shade you can’t stand, pick a color you do like to serve as the room’s main hue. The tone of green used in this bathroom has just a twinge of yellow, which helps the accents to stand out and the yellow tile to recede. Try a blue-green with powder blue tile or sherbet orange with salmon-color tile.

Are you doing it right? See how to create a gallery arrangement the right way.Get more ideas for decorating a small space.

If your apartment lacks a designated entry, create your own with a bookcase. Remove the top shelves and install hooks on the back wall of the bookcase for hanging coats. Add more hooks to the sides of the books case for hanging leashes or umbrellas. Outfit the bottom shelves with baskets and small drawers for storing mittens, sunglasses, and other out-the-door essentials. Add a memo bar from an office supply store to the top of the bookcase as a place to organize reminders.

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Tour the apartment of Eddie Ross, Better Homes and Gardens East Coast editor, and learn his decorating tips for achieving a style that mixes collected finds with modern pieces.

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Often in a rental situation, you are stuck with whatever finishes are in place when you sign the lease. If your apartment’s carpet is not so stylish, camouflage the problem with an extra-large area rug that coordinates with your other decor. If the room is on the small side, you won’t need an oversize rug, which can start to get pricey.

No white board, no extra-long sheets and no mini-fridge: These decorating essentials (recommended by the pros!) are all you need to create an adult living space that still feels young and vibrant.

Introduce a rental to luxury with gorgeous drapes. Hanging several sets of drapes along a wall is an apartment-approved way to give your walls personality without the permanency of wallpaper or paint. It also gives the illusion that there are windows hidden behind the drapes, rather than just an expanse of blank walls and one tiny window.

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Add pattern to a plain tray with this simple stencil technique. Our secrets to success will show you how to stencil like a DIY pro.

“If you live in a white box with little architectural merit, try painting some in yourself,” says Huh. We painted in black lines that moved through a room to create interest.”

Turn awkward apartment features in your favor. Tap odd corners or narrow closets for storage or a cozy seating area for one. In this living room, two narrow nooks provide storage for office and crafts supplies, and curtains can be drawn to conceal the spaces.

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Not only will this piece serve as a focal point in your bedroom, but it’ll offer stark contract from your dorm days. After all, how many college students get to rest against a tufted headboard as they read their textbooks?

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