Even if you’re dreaming of an expansive master bedroom, there are plenty of ways to make your small space work for you. Whatever your decor aesthetic, here are some rules of thumb to follow (and mistakes to avoid) when planning a refresh of a smaller-than-average bedroom.

DO stick to a monochromatic palette

While a mix of hues can be vibrant, it tends to look too busy in a small space — especially one that’s ideally designed for relaxation. Choose all neutrals, shades of blue, or another scheme that suits you. If you prefer a bolder look, choose one statement piece, like a bright or patterned comforter or rug.

DON’T hang curtains right above the window frame

Instead, choose drapes that extend from ceiling to floor for a posh vibe that makes your ceilings look sky-high.

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DO move furniture away from the wall

Even if it’s just a few inches. You’ll find that instead of closing up the space, this type of arrangement actually makes it look like you have more room than you do.

DON’T rely on overhead lighting

Overhead lighting is rarely flattering. Instead, layer your light sources for a cozy, intimate feel that transcends square footage. Think floor lamps, table lamps, and even candles.

DON’T rely on horizontal storage

Instead, make use of vertical spaces by using organizers that can hang on the back of your door, shelving with baskets of varying sizes, and other elements that keep your belongings off the floor.

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DO choose luxurious fabrics

Beautiful sheets, comforters, and duvets made from lush fabrics like velvets, chenilles, and silky cottons add interest and texture to a small space.

DON’T forget about built-ins

Relying on integrated shelving and similar pieces helps you to make the most of your space while creating a furniture design that’s meant for your master.

DO consider double duty pieces

Think a headboard with shelving, a bed with drawers underneath, or even a loft-style bed. These incredibly functional furnishings can keep you organized while saving space.

DON’T leave the ceiling white

Instead, paint it a slightly lighter version of the color you choose for your walls for a cohesive feel that opens up your space and keeps it from feeling cramped.