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Mind the Gap

Create the illusion of a larger area by spreading furniture and décor to take advantage of the largest pockets of open space in your room. For example, Hajj says, although island counters are popular, they are generally right in the middle of the kitchen, taking away square footage that could make your home look larger. "Just use a breakfast table instead," she says, as the table can be placed to the side and will be less likely to disrupt the flow of the space.