Bright Ideas

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Max­i­mize a tiny din­ing room by se­lect­ing a drop-leaf ta­ble that can grow big­ger when guests ar­rive.

Make the most of a half-wall by seek­ing out a small, slim cabi­net that suits the space.

In­cor­po­rate plenty of lamps and bat­tery-pow­ered can­dles in cup­boards and on side ta­bles to brighten up dark cor­ners. Bal­ance a cen­ter cup­board by flank­ing it with weath­ered old doors as back­drops for shelves and hang­ing ac­cents. As­sem­ble a stack of chests to pro­vide stor­age and take the place of a larger fur­ni­ture piece.

Keep dec­o­ra­tive themes and col­lec­tions lim­ited to a few dif­fer­ent types so the room does not be­come over­whelmed with fo­cal points.

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