Room furnishings with straightforward lines, ample light, and a soft color palette is the recipe for making a small space look much bigger than it actually is, especially a bedroom.
But, even though it’s fun, decorating a small bedroom can sometimes present a tricky interior design challenge as well. The secret is to apply the same rules as you would for decorating any other kind of small room.
Here are some simple tricks that professional decorators use to make a small bedroom appear larger and to also provide a touch of panache along the way. Use these tips to make your small bedroom feel more open and luxurious.
Create an Interesting Focal Point
Regardless of the room, every space needs a main focal point, an eye-drawing spot that creates a visual hierarchy that generates a sense of order and interest. In a bedroom, the focal point is often the headboard.
Also, in a smaller room, the eye is typically drawn to a window. Therefore, it’s a good idea to meld these two aspects together rather than letting them compete for the eye’s attention. On the other hand, you can elegantly dress one aspect or the other, either the window or the bed, in a neutral manner so that one takes center stage while the other naturally recedes.
Think About the Scale of the Room
Just because your bedroom is on the small side doesn’t mean you have to sleep in a tiny twin bed. Interior design experts know that the lines and scale of your furniture is more important than the actual size of your bed. Therefore, try incorporating furnishings with simple, clean lines.
Choose a Calm, Soothing Color Palette
Color can literally make or break a room. Use the science of color to ‘lighten up’ a space. A soft color palette and light-colored furniture can make a small room feel bigger. If you’re trying to make a space feel larger, avoid using deep colors or heavy prints since they tend to add visual weight to the room. Neutral color palettes blend together nicely and have the ability to make even very small rooms feel open and bright.
Less Furniture Means More Room
Trying to cram all your favorite furniture into your small bedroom simply won’t work. Many people make the mistake of buying colossal-sized bedroom furniture in the hopes that someday they’ll have a bigger bedroom to put it all in. For now, however, the furniture needs to correspond to the actual size of the room.
For instance, if you want to watch T.V. in your small bedroom, consider mounting it on the wall rather than setting it on a piece of furniture. Also, there’s always the option to store your valuables under the bed or use wall-mounted shelving in order to save even more space.
Simplify and Forego the Clutter
What’s the best way to make virtually any space feel both relaxing and larger? Get rid of the excess clutter. In other words, too many pillows, accessories, artwork, etc. will naturally make a room feel smaller. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and use your bedroom furnishings in other rooms throughout your home, or at least rotate them according to seasons. Cluttered spaces are generally less appealing.
Let in Natural Light
Natural sunlight is an easy way to open up a room. Consider using light, sheer draperies in your small bedroom rather than heavy drapes if possible. If you want to block the harsh rays of the sun or need a layer of privacy, install roller shades or mini blinds that can easily be pulled whenever needed.
No natural light? Consider installing recessed lighting sources instead of table or floor lamps that inevitably take up more valuable space.
Create a Sense of Visual Depth
Not only are mirrors beautiful, they’re great tools for reflecting both natural and synthetic light in order to make a room feel more spacious. Strategically place mirrors across from a window or a lamp to bounce the light around the room.
A small space doesn’t have to feel cramped or unglamorous. With the right furnishings, color palette, and other well-placed furnishings, your small-sized bedroom can be the most inviting and relaxing room in your entire home.