7 Genius Ideas for Maximizing Your Small Space

While we love to gaze at inspiring and envy-inducing interiors, not all of us are residing in sprawling homes with museum-worthy square footage. That said, a lack of space does not have to mean cutting back on style as evidenced by this amazing room by Claudia Benvenuto, which appeared in Elle Decor. By approaching small-space decorating with the below pointers in mind, you can ensure your compact abode not only maximizes functionality, but is also très chic. _1
VaseThumb Restraining your color palette and materials in your décor can help visually expand your space, especially in an open floor plan or a studio apartment. Colorful art and accessories will add variety and character and prevent a limited design scheme from being boring. Curved Porcelain Vase, $79, Ballard Designs
ScreenThumb If you enjoy entertaining or hosting intimate gatherings, you may prefer to keep your sleeping zone separate from the more public spaces of your home. An open bookshelf like the classic Ikea Expedit will create distinct areas without interrupting visual flow. Similarly, a sliding drape or upholstered screen are simple ways to enclose a space when company is over, yet they can easily be set aside when desired. Patterned Nailhead Upholstered Screen, $699, West Elm
OttomanThumb Multipurpose furniture is obviously ideal for maximizing your space. A small dining table can act as a desk or a vanity, while an upholstered ottoman can function as both a coffee table and additional seating. Tufted Cocktail Ottoman, $399, Wayfair
RyanKorbinThumb If you have the ability, adding a lofted space in your home can tremendously increase your usable square footage. If you do add a loft -- as a small sleeping space or a home office area, for instance -- incorporate a built-in bookcase into the loft's staircase for additional storage and display. Luxury Redefined, $29, Amazon
VivianMirrorThumb There's a reason this age-old decorating trick is still in every designer's tool kit. Mirrors can visually double the size of your rooms, and depending on their placement, they can highlight particularly beautiful areas of your space while redirecting attention from less desirable corners. Vivian Malachite Mirror, $4750, Global Home
Wyeth BoxThumb If storage and closet space is at a premium, think outside of the box when it comes to corralling your necessities. Spaces under beds and sofas are great for flat items or medium-sized containers. Baskets and decorative boxes will be your saving grace for small items and can also be visually appealing. Check out our tips for chic small space storage for even more ideas. Leather Wyeth Box, $300, Bliss Home and Design
ClarksonThumb Just because you lack space does not mean you need to skimp on style. Decorative lighting fixtures, custom window treatments, gorgeous hardware, and bold wallpaper are just a few ways to add personality and a sense of permanence to a petite home. Clarkson Double Sconce, $588, Circa Lighting
Do you live in a small space? Share your secrets to maximizing your square footage in the comments below. Photographs: Joe Schmelzer for Elle Decor  3XA photographed by S. Zaj?czkowskiJohn Kernick for House BeautifulKate Ignatowsky for The Everygirl, Stephen Shubel, Dean Kauffman, Thomas O'BrienVeere Grenney photographed by David Oliver, Simon Watson for House BeautifulStephen Shubel, via From the Right Bank, via Hilt Journal