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The options for decorating a small space can be frustratingly limited. Some pros dictate that you must maintain a clean white color palette; others advise you to throw out your clutter in the name of a simplified aesthetic. Nate Berkus would like you to consider a different approach. The designer shared his go-to tip for designing a small space—and it turns out, going bold may actually be the solution to your tiny-home woes. 

One design mistake that people make in small spaces is buying the wrong-scale furniture,” he explains in an Instagram post. “Going with small pieces of furniture might feel like the right move, but then you end up with tiny, uncomfortable pieces that you’ll leave behind.” His advice? “Commit and buy a full-size sofa—and stretch all the way out on it.”

Other small-space design pros are in agreement. “Keep in mind that one larger accessory or piece of furniture is oftentimes more appropriate than several smaller designs,” says Whitney Leigh Morris. “For example, in our tiny cottage, we have a sizable built-in sofa that can comfortably seat five or host two (tall!) overnight guests. The space would be more difficult to navigate with a small couch, ottoman, accent table, and armchairs.”

Bulk up with these oversize options:

The Highly Customizable One

Floyd Form Sectional
Form Four-Piece Sectional, Floyd ($2,996)

Not only is Floyd’s boxy sectional 158 inches long, it’s easy to adjust to your space: You can choose from 19 upholstery options and two L-shaped configurations.

The Curvy One

Long white curved sofa
Sinuous Curved 3-Piece Double Chaise Sectional Sofa by Athena Calderone, Crate & Barrel ($5,197)

This chaise snakes through your living room for an impressive 179 inches, meaning there’s plenty of room for the whole family on movie nights—or your friends on Succession Sundays.

The Velvet One

Sarah Ellison Muse Sofa in orange
Muse Sofa, DWR ($4,695)

The exaggerated form of Sarah Ellison’s sofa makes a huge impact in any room, and at 111 inches long, it’s a cozy place to lay your head, too.