9 Small-Space Decorating Tricks Designers Swear By

We often lament over how small spaces lack storage, how they are difficult to decorate and lack practicality. But let’s think about their perks for a minute: Small spaces are cozy, they encourage you to live a clutter-free life, and with just a few clever décor tricks, they can be just as functional (maybe even more) as large mansions. Plus, there’s the added eco-friendly bonus that petite quarters require less energy to heat up and cool down thanks to their minimal square footage, allowing you to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Whether you live in a studio or have a small bedroom, the key to living large is in the styling. From maximizing seating for a dinner party to making a space appear larger, read on for our favorite decorator-approved small-space tricks.

Do you have any small-space tricks of the trade to share?

This story was originally published on August 20, 2016, and has been updated by Sacha Strebe.