Make Your Small Bedroom Look & Feel Bigger
Having a small bedroom is just one of those annoying things that happens in life; you can’t have everything, right?
I’ve had numerous small bedrooms throughout my university years – and I appreciate how much of a pain they can be! Now, I am preparing to re-decorate my new bedroom in my new home…and yes, it’s small (I couldn’t really afford to be picky)!
However, being an interior design junkie (of sorts), I have pulled together all the knowledge and experience that I have when it comes to decorating smaller spaces, in the hope that it will help others who struggle with a smaller-sized bedroom.
Here’s some basic starting points and top tips (If you have any of own experiences/advice to share, please do use the comment section below!)…
Scale down your furniture
Keep your furniture in proportion to the room. If your bedroom is tiny, don’t go filling it with a king size bed; you’ll instantly feel cramped and uncomfortable. Consider having a smaller bed, and size down your other furnishings and accessories in the same manor.
Pull furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of spaciousness. You might have more floor space when you push your bed into the corner, but in reality the room will just look cramped and unbalanced. Always position your bed centrally in the room if you can.
Choose light and neutral colors; add subtle accents
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It’s generally well-known now that lighter shades make small rooms appear bigger. There’s also a myth that light shades can seem ‘boring’ and uninventive. Don’t believe the latter.
In small rooms, a clever trick is to paint all the walls the same shade and the skirting as well, using light colors (options include ‘neutrals’ – white, stone, magnolia etc. or ‘pastels’ – pinks, blues etc.). Don’t worry about the ‘lack’ of color – you can build on that through your furnishings and décor, like in the bedroom pictured above.
Top Tip: Paint the ceiling a lighter shade than your walls to make the room look taller.
Leave no area in shadow
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It’s important to maximize the natural lighting your room receives. If you have large windows, accentuate this feature by using sheer, pulled back window coverings (or slatted blinds) to allow the light to flood the room.
If you do not have a lot of natural light, use artificial lighting. Try to leave no corner in shadow, as that can make a room seem small and dark. Wall-mounted lights are a great space-saving option for small rooms, especially if you don’t have enough room for bedside tables.
Hide clutter & get clever with storage
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Smaller rooms can look ‘full up’ very easily, so it’s important to keep de-cluttered and organized.
A good way to tackle this, is to get rid of everything that you haven’t used in over a year – and, yes, that includes any clothes/shoes in your wardrobe! Do not get attached; if you haven’t worn it in the past year than you’re not going to.
Make use of hidden storage and multi-purpose items. Ottomans placed under a window, for example, serve as a window seat and a place for all your knick-knacks.
For even more storage, consider hanging high shelves that run the length of the room. They save precious floor space, and add an interesting focal point to the room.
Fake it with mirrors!
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Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space; position one opposite a window to help reflect the light.
Using mirrored wardrobes is a trick that’s been used for years! A mirrored wardrobe can literally double the size of your room (visually, of course). The effect tends to work best when you can take the mirrors from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
More top tips to remember:
- It may sound obvious, but remember to keep walking pathways clear. You’d be surprised how many people place their furniture in such a way that a simple trip to the toilet becomes a complicated obstacle course!
- Make the most of your walls. Mount lights, shelves and even night stands if you can.
- Use furniture with exposed legs – which, again, adds to the impression of space. So unless you’re in desperate need of extra storage, avoid divan and ottoman beds and instead go for a traditional, exposed style with feet.
- Utilize the backs of doors, including the doors of your wardrobe. Attach hooks for scarves and belts and use cork boards and pins to hang jewellery.
Have any of your own small bedroom tips? Please do share them by commenting below – I’d love to hear them!