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Feeling cramped? Tips and tricks to make your small space seem larger

Feeling a little cooped up? Matt Bean of Men’s Health stopped by TODAY to share some tips and tricks to reclaim your small space — from making a room look bigger with a monochromatic color palette to maximizing underutilized storage space.

Think Modularly

If you have one big, solid piece of furniture, that's it — you're stuck with it. Think about getting a loveseat rather than a full sofa or sectional, and then and have modular pieces that are more versatile depending on your needs.

Elston Linen Sloped Track Loveseat by MID-CENTURY LIVING, Overstock.com, $457.99

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Similarly, nesting tables like these really help maximize space. They store easily within each other, but remain accessible whenever you need extra table space.

Glossy White/Chrome Metal 2-piece Nesting Table Set, Overstock.com, $133.49

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Add Personality With Texture

A monochromatic color palette helps create the illusion of space, while allowing you to add personality to that foundation with texture and color. Overstock.com has a great assortment of home products at every price-point.

A pillow like this would add a great pop of color to a room designed in shades of gray.

Decorative 18-inch Creek Throw Pillow Shell, Overstock.com, $22.52

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This rug ties the room together and adds personality and texture while staying in the same color family.

Safavieh Handmade Moroccan Chatham Gray/ Ivory Wool Rug, Overstock.com, $103.49

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Maximize Storage Space

This ottoman has room for storage and is also comfy enough to be used when you need additional seating.

Safavieh Small Black Manhattan Storage Bench, Overstock.com, $239.61

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Think Vertically

Vertical shelving is a great way to organize. Not only does a piece like this one from Target take up a smaller footprint than a traditional bookcase, it drives the eye upwards creating the illusion of height in a small space.

Darley BookCase – Vintage Oak – Threshold™, Target, $74

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Use Multi-Purpose Pieces

Move this rolling desk out of the way if you need more room on the floor, or pull it away from the wall, throw a tablecloth on top and use it as a serving station or dining table.

Go-Cart Carbon Rolling Console Table, CB2 $169

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Conquer Clutter

Clutter is one of the biggest challenges to overcome in small spaces. Prevent your tables, shelves and desk from becoming a dumping ground.

These modern office accessories from poppin come in a wide variety of colors and look especially chic in a home office.

White Starter Set, poppin, $40

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As the name suggests, The Container Store is a great resource for storage solutions.

Cappuccino Fabric Parker Storage Boxes, The Container Store, $29-$59

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Whitewashed Wooden Storage Bins with Handles, The Container Store, $12.99-$24.99

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