• Choose furniture that allows you to see through to the floor, creating an illusion of more space. The bedside table in the top photo is a good choice, with a lighter feel than a traditional nightstand.
• Consider dual-purpose pieces. This stainless steel table (above left), from a restaurant supply store, is wide and long enough to function as both dining table and desk.
• Try replacing heavy doors with draperies. The owner of this apartment used a floor-to-ceiling drape for her closet. She also replaced some interior door panels with frosted glass to create a more open feeling.
For more small-space tips and to see the full sildeshow of this pretty little apartment, click over to Better Homes and Gardens.
(Images: Shawn Gilliam/Better Homes and Gardens)