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We asked Jessica Packard, a west elm Home Stylist at our San Diego store for her go-to tips for making the most of a small space…

1. It’s all about being more than what meets the eye. Take our Scoop-Back Chairs — if you really want to think outside of the box, use the chair as a nightstand. Style it out with magazines + a few necessary bedside details.

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2. Flooring can do wonders! Live in a studio apartment? Use a rug to section off your living room from your bedroom or to add texture throughout.

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3. Invite your walls to the party! Add shelves to open wall space for extra storage or showcase your favorite memories. Shelving can also allow you to build a feature in your home like a fireplace mantle or a kitchen spice rack.

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4. I cannot stress the importance of a good balance of ambient, task and natural lighting. I recommend our Overarching Floor Lamp — you can tuck it under your sofa and or have it hang over for a fun touch to your living room.

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5. Optical Illusions. Utilize mirrors to make the space feel larger or paint your ceilings a different color than your walls (I recommend a flat white) — both of these make your space seem larger.

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Thanks Jessica!

Jessica’s knack for interior design graces both her blog, With Love, Design, and our San Diego store, where she works as a Home Stylist. Want more design advice? Ask about our free Home Stylist program at your local west elm!

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Jane

January 6, 2013

Thank you for these great ideas. Some of us who live in small spaces rent, and our flooring is often boring, nondescript carpeting. In my case, I also have an L-shaped living-dining combo, all carpeted. Is it possible to use carpet on carpet, or is that an absolute no-no? If it is possible, are there any tips or guidelines we should use?

Samira

January 6, 2013

love this!!!

Jessica Packard

January 7, 2013

Hi Jane, I think you can definitely add rugs on top of the carpet. Some designers would disagree – but, I would suggest selecting a dhurrie rug and/or one that has a very contrasting color/pattern than your carpet. The dhurrie has a different texture than most carpets, which will add more interest to your floor. I am also renting so I know what it’s like to look at boring, beige carpet all day. I say…go for it!

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January 8, 2013

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Jane

January 9, 2013

Thank you for your suggestions, Jessica. I feel very encouraged to give it a try!

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