Expand your sleeping space with these smart small bedroom decorating ideas that will help you maximize your space and make use of every inch. Creating boundaries keeps the whole thing from being overwhelming.
Design tips for small bedrooms:
- Sideways thinking: Install a floating shelf to increase bedside square footage.
- Evaluate Your Space: Before you start your bedroom decorating tasks, examine the room (bare, if possible). Note the placement of doors and windows, as well as the room’s dimensions.
- Choosing Furniture for a Small Bedroom: Scale is the most important thing to consider when selecting furniture for a small bedroom. “Open” furniture, such as an iron bed frame or a sleek nightstand that’s open below the tabletop, will help the room feel light and airy.
- Decorating a Small Bedroom: Once you know how you are going to arrange your bedroom, determine where you want to place color, texture, and other decorative elements. Using lighter colors on the wall will make the room feel lighter. Rather than using rich colors to bring interest to walls, consider wainscoting or beaded board, which will give the walls dimension.
- Colors for Small Bedrooms: Whether you decide on a monochromatic color scheme or a multicolor palette, repeating colors is key in a small bedroom. Doing so will create visual rhythm and draw the eye around the room.
- Create Depth With Mirrors: Using mirrors will add depth and dimension to a small bedroom because of their unique ability to act like additional windows. Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group can add lots of visual interest, while using one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more square footage.
- Add a green screen: Potted plants serve double-duty here as a privacy screen from neighbors.
- Personalize it: The light fixture next to the bed is customized with a tassel. Monogrammed pillows add yet another personal touch.
- A bunk-bed alternative: Trundle beds work well for older kids and help maximize a small space.
- Give peace a chance: While bold patterns and bright fabrics may rule the rest of the house, create a tranquil zone of woven linens in the bedroom for a neutral sanctuary.
- Clutter-free look: If it doesn’t fit, you don’t need it: a philosophy that’s easier to live by when your limited storage space is used artfully, like these floating cabinet-shelves.
In a small bedroom where large furniture and a wild use of pattern would dwarf the space, decorate with texture. Mix smooth surfaces with nubby fabrics and woven window treatments. Shiny surfaces will also illuminate the bedroom. Keep in mind that texture is tactile, but also visual. Vary textures in the things you will touch, such as the bed linens, and the things you will only look at, such as the light fixtures. The beaded light fixture in the bedroom shown above serves as a visual representation of texture, while the linens are a smooth respite.