Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

What if you have a kitchen that doubles as a living room and a dining room? Maximize every square inch.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge Courtesy of Studio Life.Style

1. multifunctional furniture

Think double-duty. Ottomans that can work as a coffee table or extra seating. A trunk steps in to play table as well as an extra storage spot for blankets and pillows.

Photography by ISABEL ASHA PENZLIEN

2. hooks, peg boards, magnetic racks

You can’t help but put things on display. Utilize the walls for keeping those frequently used items close.

Photography by LAURA RESEN

3. storage essentials 

In other words: go undercover. Investing in storage containers (bins, baskets, boxes) is a must. Just be sure to label things properly so you can find them fast.

Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

4. thin console

So you don’t have a table that can fit that dinner party of 12? Use your imagination. A thin console, which usually stands in your hallway, can be used for serving a buffet-style dinner.

Photography by JONNY VALIANT Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

5. slim side tables (positioned against a wall) 

It’s important to consider scale. In other words: don’t waste space when not in use. Letting one side rest against a wall, will keep the surface from dominating the space.

Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

6. room dividers

Think about screens or bookshelves to separate “rooms” and create the illusion of multiple spaces.

Photography by ANITA CALERO Imagery by Belle Morizio

7. color

Break out the paintbrushes. Color can add interest to your space while keeping things from feeling boring. And think beyond the walls: furniture (chests and chairs) in fresh shades can keep your style interesting.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

8. lucite

Weightless. Plus, since it’s nearly invisible, it doesn’t take up visual space.

Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

9. smart setup

If your living room does double as your dining room and office, then make sure the pieces are arranged in a smart way. Smart for your lifestyle, that is. A high-functioning studio means everything from taxes to dinner parties can happen there.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by Meghan McNeer

10. courage to break the rules

There are lots of rules you can follow when it comes optimizing space. However, if they don’t feel right to you (you love Grandma’s oversized chair), then don’t obey them. Choose to make decorating decisions that will keep your space feeling like home. Your home. And yes, even if you’re living in a teeny-tiny space.

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