Have a small space? OK, don’t get all bent out of shape just because you’re not lucky enough to live in a huge McMansion filled with a vast array of expensive furnishings. Really, it’s not an issue.

Before you start kicking and screaming that you have no space,  keep in mind, there is some truth to that old saying ‘Good things do come in small packages.’

So you see, just because your space is tiny – be it a cute bungalow, first-ever home, or even an apartment you are renting – try not to get too discouraged.

Decorating a small space can be a great challenge that certainly tests your ability to be innovative was well as compromising.  Believe it or not there are many advantages to living in a smaller space: It will be a lot cheaper to furnish, for one.  Not only that, a smaller home is cozier, electric and utility bills are often lower and, it’s actually much easier to maintain.

While it may take less time to dust and sweep the floors, you might be challenged in the storage area of a small home/apartment/condo or townhome. Space can be tight, which means you might have to eliminate a few of your favorite things,

But as you get used to your smaller digs, consider these tips to make the most of the space that you do have:

Kitchen: Use over-the-cabinet space for storing items if you don’t use much; hang pots and pans from a decorative rack from your ceiling; store cooking utensils and spices in baskets, crystal bowls or ceramic pitchers to save cabinet, drawer space.

Bedroom: To make more room put the dresser inside a closet to conserve floor space; use wall-mounted shelves on each side of the bed to hold nighttime needs instead of night tables; and use the space under your bed to store out-of-season clothing.

Bathroom: Use an attractive over-the-toilet shelving unit to hold bath essentials if cabinet space is limited; add decorative hooks vs. towel bars to hang towels, and robes in a small bath area.

Even More Tips

When choosing colors schemes keep in mind, if you have a small space to decorate dark colors often make things look smaller while lighter, brighter  colors can make things appear larger, more open. Tired of bland white walls? Add taupe or sand color to lift spirits.

Also, keep in mind multi-function furniture works well in small spaces. For example, a loft-style bed  offers more floor space because it doesn’t sit on the floor but rather up. A comfy sofa or desk can fit easily underneath a loft-style bed for more space-savings.  No room for a bed? A futon or pull-out sofa can be a seating area during the day and bed at night.

In the end, it is all about the style that you like: Modern, Country French, or Shabby Chic. Whatever you decide, make sure it reflects your personality since you’re the one who is going to be calling this place home.