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At the end of a long day, nothing is more relaxing than heading straight to your bedroom to unwind. To cuddle. To crash. To dream! If you have a tiny, cramped room, though, that space might feel more like a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare.

But it doesn’t have to: Making a few smart choices in terms of furniture, color, and lighting can make all the difference in transforming your constricted sleeping quarters into the true sanctuary it should be.

Just pay heed to these smart design tips for small bedrooms, and you’ll be on your way to resting easy.

Buy a storage bed

Choose a bed that has plenty of storage space underneath it (like Moe’s Home Collection’s Belle hydraulic storage bed), says Susie Kurkowski, owner of Items of Interest, a home decor boutique in Brooklyn, NY, that also houses her full-service interior design firm, DesignCorp.

The Belle bed goes up and down so you can expand your storage space as much (or as little) as you want—a great solution for hiding off-season items without taking up valuable closet or dresser space.

Make more room in your closet

With a well-organized closet, you can double or even triple your storage space—and leave the bedroom for sleeping and relaxing, Kurkowski says. She recommends installing an Easy Closetsorganization system that can be customized to your needs.

By incorporating drawers, shelving, hanging rods, and pull-out trays into your closet, you can cut down on other furniture in the bedroom and make it easier to organize clothes, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.

Create the right ambiance

How do you foster the right mood in confined quarters? Lighting, for starters, says Allison Petty, an interior designer withHomepolish, a national design firm based in New York City.

Simply switching out an outdated, flush-mounted fixture for a showpiece pendant can make a huge difference in brightening up your small space, Petty says. To reduce clutter on your nightstands, ditch those lamps and opt for wall-mounted light sconces.

Hudson Valley Lighting offers sleek options for cordless sconces, but if you want a quick and easy update, Ikea has plug-in options.

Keep furniture to a minimum

Kurkowski recommends picking a pair of three-drawer dressers for your essential items that can double as nightstands for each side of the bed—and keep it at that. Adding too much furniture can dwarf your small space and make it feel even smaller.

West Elm has several stylish small-space dressers that fit the bill.

Play with color

Your color choice should be based on the amount of natural light in a room rather than the size of it. If it’s a small space with gigantic windows, you can do any color your heart desires. But if it doesn’t, choose softer hues to make it appear bigger, Petty says. One color caveat: Unless you want your room to feel like a cave, stay away from black paint on the walls and don’t take dark hues too high up.

Another way to flirt with color in your bedroom is by adding wallpaper; Kurkowski recommends covering the wall behind your headboard for a nice pop of pattern and color. She prefersKenneth JamesLuna collection of wallpapers for elegant damask, floral, and striped patterns, which create a sophisticated and elegant ambiance for petite retreats.

Make kids’ bedrooms multifunctional

In small homes, it’s sometimes hard to come up with a layout for kids’ bedrooms that will serve their various needs. After all, your kids should have space of their own to sleep, study, entertain, and contemplate the meaning of life (like when they’re grounded).

Kurkowski says she loves Maxtrix furniture systems for kids’ rooms, because you can choose from several loft-style bed setups that can be adjusted for height and function (a desk for studying, single or bunk beds, miniature sofa, storage, etc.). Maxtrix furniture is made of solid wood, so it’s extra-sturdy, and its adaptability makes it last until your chicks leave the nest.