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About 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, it’ll be 70 percent. More people in cities means less room for everybody, which means we all need to learn how to live well in smaller spaces.

That’s why we talked to interior designers Nina Etnier and Kelly Martin about how to put together an awesome, if tiny, home.

Here’s what we found out.

Let’s start with layout. “Scale is an important thing that most people don’t think about when laying out their apartments,” says Martin, who’s based in Los Angeles.

A living room by Kelly Martin.

A living room by Kelly Martin.

It’s important to measure out the apartment so no piece of furniture overpowers the room — it should strike a balance.

A dresser (and bar!) by Kelly Martin.

A dresser (and bar!) by Kelly Martin.

If you’re moving from apartment to apartment every few years, Etnier, who does a lot of work in New York, says to invest in pieces that are easier to move.

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