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This Designer Trick Can Help You Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Are you familiar with the expression—go big or go home?

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Photography: Dairy Darilag and Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos)

If you've been living in a compact unit for quite some time, chances are, you've done everything in your power to make it look and feel bigger. Aside from working with mirrors, we're sure you've eliminated partitions, painted the walls white and opened the windows to allow natural light to stream into the space.

While these are tried-and-tested solutions, you may want to explore another scheme that designers count on—working with an oversized piece of furniture! This tip can trick the eye and open up the room even more. Given the unwritten rule that small items are ideal, it seems ironic to put a large sofa in a 10sqm living area, but doing so can change your space. If you want to go big and experiment, here are tips on how huge tables and seating pieces can work in your tight space:

1. Work with a few, but well-chosen pieces.

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