Even if you have limited square footage to work with, a small bedroom doesn’t have to feel cramped and cluttered. When you furnish and decorate with these innovative space-saving ideas, you can easily transform a pint-sized room into a primary bedroom fit for a king:
Light it Up
Good lighting is important in any design, especially when you’re decorating small spaces. Natural light, for instance, can help make a room feel airy and spacious, so keep your window treatments sleek and minimal in order to maximize the amount of light coming in through the windows during the day. For the best effect after the sun sets, interior designer Jennifer Wallenstein suggests replacing one large overhead light with accent lighting scattered throughout the room. According to Wallenstein, “This will draw your eye around the room, creating depth and shadow, whereas one bright light source will bathe the space in a uniform glow.”
Maximize Your Storage Space
Maximizing your storage space is one of the most effective ways to keep your bedroom neat and organized. The common problem with small bedrooms is not having enough space, which can lead to a cluttered mess that makes you feel cramped and overwhelmed.
A practical solution is to install storage shelves that are incorporated into the headboard. While the headboard keeps your bed sturdy and secure, the built-in shelves will allow your favorite reading materials and other everyday items to be stored conveniently within your reach. With a thoughtful and balanced design of knickknacks, books, and other items, a headboard with shelving can also serve as an attractive statement piece that makes the room feel cozy, comfortable, and effortlessly stylish.
Another option is to incorporate built-in shelving around the sides of the bed, which can double as a nightstand with additional storage underneath. For even more space-saving in a bedroom, reading lamps can be installed into the side of the shelves, which will open up more surface space on your nightstand. For easy lighting installation, reading lights are also available with clip-on bases, which can be attached to the headboard or shelves. You can also free up valuable floor space by upgrading to a bed frame with built-in drawers underneath, which gives you additional storage for essentials like extra bedding, clothing, and books.
Monochromatic Neutrals for the Walls and Ceilings
Celebrity designer Max Humphrey recommends painting the walls in monochromatic colors to make your room feel bigger: “When the walls and ceilings are painted in the same color, the room goes from feeling like a closed-in shoe box to a bright and open space.” His favorite choice for wall and ceiling colors are soft neutrals and light colors such as cool gray. For an eye-catching contrast, you can also add color and depth to your bedroom by mixing up the neutral palette with textured pillows and throws in bright accent shades.
When it comes to making a small bedroom look bigger, clutter is not your friend. Before you begin redecorating your bedroom, we recommend that you take inventory of all your stuff, including things that you don’t need and items kept in the wrong place. You’ll be able to get the most out of your storage space when every drawer and shelf is neatly arranged and organized. A simple and easy way to organize is by storing similar items together in the same place.
According to the philosophy of Marie Kondo from the hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” one must organize in order to optimize, which starts with clearing the clutter. In fact, lots of small items placed throughout your bedroom can make it feel even smaller. Interior designer Emily Henderson suggests choosing each item carefully for a balanced effect: “When it comes to decorating small spaces, go for large-scale accessories, but fewer of them.”
Interior designer Abbe Fenimore likes to use simple white drapes that draw the eyes upward: “Always hang drapery panels as high and wide as possible to give the illusion of higher ceilings and a larger window.” She advises using drapery panels that extend at least 10 inches on each side of the window. The home decor editors at The Spruce also recommend hanging curtains from the ceiling and not the top of the window frame, which will create the illusion of height and depth.
If your bedroom is especially tiny, get the most out of your limited floor space by investing in a Murphy’s bed. During the day, you can optimize the little floor space you have by tucking your mattress away, which will instantly transform the space from a bedroom into a daytime study or office. In the evening, the room can quickly change back into a cozy and comfortable bedroom when you pull out the bed from its storage space within the wall.
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