1. Hoarding. Lest you forget that you have limited square footage, it's best to get rid of all the clutter that's taking over your space. Know when too much (shopping) is too much. You need as much open space as possible. Declutter and simplify your life.

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2. Forgetting the magic of mirror. Mirrors provide the easiest way to "enlarge" a room because it creates such illusion. Placing it opposite a window will allow for light to bounce around the room.

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3. Not thinking vertically. If you still haven't maximised your vertical space, then you are missing out a lot on storage solutions. Make the most of your walls by mounting storage options or parking space-saving racks and shelves.

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4. Overwhelming the room with too many patterns. You can style up a small space without overwhelming it. Choose a focal point in the room and allow more discreet neutrals to act as supporting elements.

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5. Not going for multi-purpose furniture. When you don't have a lot of space, it's best to choose items that can take on not just one, but two roles in your home. Think: an ottoman that serves as seating and storage, as well as a sofa bed that can transform into a sleeping tool when it's time to hit the sack.

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6. Sacrificing style. Small spaces don't need to be clinical and boring. You can always jazz it up and inject some sass and personality.

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