After a long hard day, whether at work or home looking after the children all day, nothing beats the feeling of kicking off your shoes and retiring to bed for the night. But, regardless of what you use your bedroom for – working, reading, sleeping – it’s important to create an environment that you feel comfortable in, and there are a few designer secrets you may not have thought of in which to do that.
When it comes to decorating a small bedroom, first and foremost, it’s important to remember that the layout is everything. Once you have your furniture placement down, you can start pulling pieces you like—soft bed linens, soothing accents, and even artwork. While minimalism and small bedrooms often go hand-in-hand, if you prefer maximalism in all its glory, colourful, patterned styles can work in small spaces, too. Ahead you’ll find numerous options for decorating and creating storage opportunities in a small bedroom that might convince you bigger isn’t always better.
Remove One Piece Of Furniture.
A room overcrowded with furniture and accessories can feel disorganised and cluttered. Stand back and access the room with a fresh eye. Remove one unnecessary piece of furniture from the room, and you will be amazed at the difference. It will create more space, giving the room a less cluttered and more spacious feeling.
Consider The Size Of Your Furniture.
When shopping for furniture for your bedroom, be realistic and choose appropriate pieces for the room. For example, as wonderful as a king-size bed may sound, if you have a small room, the bed will take over the room, making it feel out of proportion for the space – plus, it will make the circulation around the room more difficult. So instead, opt for a queen size, or if it’s a guest or children’s bedroom, maybe even a double or single size bed.
Create One Focal Point
Instead of cramming too many ideas into one room, think carefully about one main feature you would like to create in the space. For example, the textured wall with feature lighting is the room’s main focal point in this picture. Nothing else tries to fight for attention. Having too many features or focal points makes a room feel cluttered and busy, with your eyes moving from one feature to another, not knowing where to look – and a busy bedroom doesn’t aid a night of restful sleep. One focal point will create an initial impact in the room without overwhelming the occupant.
FAQs About An Ideal Bedroom
A Comfy Rug. A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting.
- Good Curtains.
- Ample Lighting.
- Storage Dresser.
- A Full-Length Statement Mirror.
- A Bench at the Foot of the Bed.
- A Space for Your Favorite Activities.
- Plants or Flowers.
So, what colours make a room look bigger? For an optimum effect, go with soft tones like off-white, blues, and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms feel bigger and more inviting. And here’s another hack: Try painting your wall trim and mouldings in a lighter colour than your walls.
- Calming Paint Colors to Help You Chill Out
- Sky Blue. Light blue shades never fail to brighten a room.
- Blush. A blush-painted room filled with plants and natural decor screams relaxation.
- Sage Gray.
- Pale Yellow.
- Classic White.
- Soft Green.
- Deep Blue.
According to new research, the colours we use to describe emotions may be more useful than you think. For example, the study found that people with or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with grey while preferred yellow.
Reduce The Clutter
Nothing is more off-putting and frustrating than the sight of mess and clutter when you walk into a bedroom at the end of a long day. Try to create a home for everything that you use in your bedroom. For example, keep a toy box in a children’s bedroom so that you can scoop up all the toys on the floor and store them away in seconds. Also, keep a laundry basket in or near the bedroom, so that dirty laundry has a better chance of making it off the floor and into the washing machine. Making your bed in the morning before you start your day might not be top of your list of tasks, but trust me, you will thank yourself later when you walk into your bedroom to find a beautifully made inviting bed to snuggle into.
Find The Light
Add a mirror to the wall adjacent to or across from a window in the room. This will immediately add more light to the room as the mirror will bounce the natural light around, softening shadows that may have darkened the room before. Having a nice view will also bring more views into the room, making it feel bigger. An extra mirror in a bedroom is also handy for a last-minute glance before you run out the door.
Avoid The ‘catalogue’ Look.
We’ve all opened a brochure or catalogue from our favourite interiors store and thought, ‘Wow, I want exactly that look in my room.’ But when you are purchasing soft furnishings for your room, try to mix it up a bit. Avoid choosing items from the same range—mixing and matching your soft furnishings to create a less formal look instead of making the room feel effortlessly stylish.
No matter how you rearrange the furniture, it will never increase the floor space. So once you’ve decided on your furniture arrangement, you need to accent with mirrors. They create a wonderful illusion of space, tricking the eye into thinking that the room is far more spacious than it is. A neat little trick is to place mirrors facing opposite walls. It creates a window-like effect and adds a sneaky optical illusion of space in the room.
Choose Lighter Colours
Dark colours can be beautiful and luxurious when you have the space for them, but they can be oppressive and enclosed in a small room. So instead, choose lighter colours like whites, creams and dove greys when decorating and be sensible about your use of colour. For example, an acid yellow bedspread will look fantastic in a large, spacious loft, but in a tiny bedroom, you might find the colour a bit aggressive.
Small Bedroom Ideas For Maximizing Space And Style
There is a trend of building smaller homes. And aside from the master bedroom, secondary bedrooms are getting the down-scaling treatment. But the downsizing lifestyle has also trimmed away much of the personal stuff that would have cramped the modern bedrooms.
Make A Murphy Bed Chic.
Long gone are the days of basic Murphy beds. Instead, you can easily make one of these fold-out beds your own by treating the bed’s framework like a regular wall. Then, add artwork, paint it, or drape textiles behind your bed, as seen in this California studio.
Get Creative With Foot-Of-The-Bed Storage.
Don’t limit yourself to plastic containers and closet storage cubes when there are so many types of storage available, particularly decorative pieces that you can leave out in plain view. Instead, try an end-of-bed trunk or storage bench. You’ll be able to find one that suits your decor perfectly, as seen in this Dutch home. Find one with a tiny footprint, and you’re all set. This area can also double as a spot to set out your clothes for the next day or even put on your shoes.
Separate Space With An Accent Wall
Even if you’re occupying a studio, like this adorable one in the Bronx, you can make the most of your space. A little bit of paint, in the form of an accent wall behind your bed, not only adds a burst of colour but also provides a strategic, visual separation between your sleeping space and living area.
Utilise Narrow Storage Cabinets
Plenty of attractive storage options exists for filling awkward spots and tight spaces in your home. However, the narrow cabinets in this New York bedroom prove how storage pieces painted in the same colour as your walls can recede visually, making your space look airy without sacrificing precious storage opportunities.
Play With Proportions
Layering a simple bed frame on top of an oversized rug can instantly amplify your space and make it appear larger. Take this San Francisco bedroom, for example, and picture it with a lavish headboard or an upholstered bed frame. You can imagine how much more cramped the space would feel if it didn’t have simple furniture with streamlined silhouettes.
Go With A Ghost Chair.
The greatest thing about Ghost chairs—aka clear acrylic ones—is that visually, they are so light, you barely see them (i.e. less visual clutter). So not only are they super stylish—they won’t further cramp up your tiny bedroom.
Add Floating Shelves
Turn even the tightest bedroom corner into a streamlined storage display with nothing more than a few wall-mounted floating shelves.
Work A Room Divider.
Don’t technically have a separate bedroom? A bookcase double as a room divider can work wonders for a cramped studio. It’ll designate your sleeping space, but also, the space between your books and decor is enough to let light stream in.
Consider Hanging Racks
Hanging garment racks are a clever way to score more closet storage (or create a closet out of nowhere) without taking up an inch of floor space. A dresser underneath creates the perfect dressing area.
Install A Swing Arm Sconce Or Two
If you’ve been searching for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your cramped bedroom (without taking up too much space), consider swing-arm wall sconces. Not only are they much less bulky than most table lamps and pendants, but these wall-mounted wonders are also designed with adjustable arms for a more space-savvy lighting solution.
Leaning Layered Art Looks Good.
If you’re an art lover but lack the space to show off your treasured works in your bedroom, a shelf or nightstand layered with framed art can make a big impact without wasting any space.
White And Neutral
White and tan are two of the most timeless neutral colours. White and light colour schemes make the room appear bigger and more spacious. Placing large furniture – the bed and the desk to the sides and end of the room improves the traffic flow.
Bed In A Nook
Charming, cosy and creatively designed. The installed bed appears like a comfortable wall nest. The design creatively hides the closets and shelves in plain view, creating a neat and cleaner space.
Trendy Wall Storage
Take your stuff off the floor! These trendy and attractive wall shelves are great for organising small odd items that you need to hand, not hidden away. They also double as wall features with all those funky shapes.
Loft Sleeping Area
If the horizontal space is limited, go vertical. Building a middle loft for the bed creates additional storage underneath and smartly separates the sleeping area from the rest of the room.
Less Is More
When designing small bedrooms, you will aim for a bigger and cleaner look. First, simplify your design – less clutter, fewer colours and more space. Then, add one or two stunning features that will capture the essence of the space.
One of the popular small bedroom ideas and designs is to make everything you add to the room work double. The shelf is storage and light base. The stool functions are a nightstand and additional storage and can be used as a seat when needed.
Masculine Earth Tones
This masculine bedroom’s cohesive colour scheme appears larger, despite going against the light colour rule. Thin horizontal lines everywhere also guide the eyes to look horizontal, giving the illusion of space.
The bed is the biggest piece of furniture in a bedroom, and it also occupies the most space. So hiding the bed can free up a lot of space. This ingenious design hides away the bed, creates ample storage and still has a comfortable space to move around.
Keep things simple and efficient. This creatively designed feature is all the nightstand you need. It has light installed and space to hold your bedside things. Go small and functional, but big on style and look.
When you need at least a double-sized bed but only have room for a narrow bunk, push the bed to the corner farthest from the door, and you instantly get the bed and the space you need. Use up the wall area above the bed for your storage.
This is one delightful and cosy bedroom. The light grey wall colour expands the room, is pleasing to the eye and is the perfect backdrop for the pretty yellow and white decorative add-ons.
Lots Of Light
When the room is small, you will want to bring in as much light as possible. This narrow bedroom appears wider and larger with the help of its white walls, large window and ample lighting. Pops of colours keep it from being too ascetic and boring.
A Ladder Shelf
Ladder shelves are mobile and provide the needed storage without taking so much space. This well-designed corner ladder shelf will let you take advantage of that odd corner space.
There is nothing more spacious and larger than the sea! Evoke that sense of space and air by bringing sea colours to your bedroom. This white and blue room effectively uses the colour blocking technique with all shades of blue.
Adding large mirrors is a time-tested and effective small bedroom idea and design. Mirrors instantly expand the room. It reflects light and is a functional feature that doesn’t take much space.
This is one warm, refreshing and vibrant room! Liven up your private space with colour. The key to avoiding the overcrowded look is a light and neutral backdrop to set up the colours while keeping the overall design toned down.
Create small yet beautiful bedrooms by adding in all you need and not much else. Guest bedrooms don’t need expansive storage or personalisation. This perfect example is a basic, comfortable, neat, and welcoming guest bedroom.
Pull-Out Headboard Storage
That small space behind the headboards can be used as creative hiding nooks for your small valuables. It can also serve as a hide-away nightstand. The idea is to have specific spaces for your stuff, and if you can hide them away from plain sight, the better.
Pastels And Daybed
A daybed is just as comfortable as a regular bed. However, it is also smaller and can be transformed into a sofa or a couch during the day. Complemented with pastel colours and accessible storage, this is perfect for kids’ rooms.
While white walls help expand the room, they can also be too ascetic, boring or too sterile for some. So break down the dreary whites with off-white shades. Beige is a cool, interesting and popular neutral shade that complements almost all colours.
White walls, mirrors, large windows and sliding doors – all the space creating features in one room. Visually double the size of your bedroom by installing mirrors on the wall. For example, this bedroom features a wall of mirrored sliding closet doors.
Black And White
The right styling can make small can also be chic and fabulous! Large and bold black and white colour blocks, smart and discreet storage and a full glass window that lets natural lighting in. Small is the previous description for this bedroom.
Open storage spaces like floating shelves and open closets offer the needed space without cramping the room. In addition, the available feature lets the room retain its width.
The Apartment Bedroom
Apartment-style bedrooms are generally small, comfortable spaces that make the most of every nook and cranny available. This small bedroom comes big on style with its predominantly white palette, efficient use of space and pretty touches of colour and décor.
Do not let that ample and accessible space under the bed go to waste. It can store almost anything, easily accessible and away from plain sight. Storage options include built-in drawers, pull-out baskets or boxes.
When applied to any sleeping scheme, these tricks will not only make your bedroom look great, but they’ll also make bedtime even more appealing. Want the even better news? It’s not about spending lots of cash. It’s about changing your design strategy and refocusing your priorities.
Living in a small space requires a little bit of extra thinking and creativity. You have to consider things like smart storage solutions, how to arrange a tight space, and how to determine what deserves a spot in your home. This being said, your style is easy to unlock when it comes to designing a bedroom, no matter how small it may be. There are plenty of shining examples out there that will provide you with all the inspiration you need when brainstorming your next move or purchase.