A small bedroom can feel surprisingly overwhelming. Without room for everything, it can be challenging to determine what belongs and where to arrange it. But small bedrooms have great potential! From color schemes to furniture arrangement, we’ve got ten tips to make a small bedroom look great!
Ten tips to make a small bedroom look great
1. Let in the Light
Not only does a well-lit room look more spacious, but letting in the light also makes your bedroom and everything in it look cleaner and brighter. If you can, skip the drapes and blinds altogether. If that’s not an option -- for privacy reasons, perhaps -- then outfit your windows with only a Roman- or bamboo-style shade that can be rolled up during the day. If they don’t look too cluttered, add a lamp or two on a nightstand or dresser. Rooms look bigger when they are well lit.
2. Clear the Clutter
The easiest thing you can do to make your small bedroom look great is to clear away any clutter. Hide collections and smaller items in attractive baskets either underneath the bed or on a bookshelf. Next, make sure the top of the dresser and other catch-all surfaces are clear of everything except a lamp, a photograph or small plant, and maybe a book or two. Once you’ve ensured everything is off the floor and only the necessities are left on shelves, you are likely to find your bedroom already looks bigger and better organized.
3. Put Your Furniture to Work
Nothing makes a bedroom look small and chaotic with too much furniture. A great way to cut down on unnecessary pieces is to make sure your furniture can handle the double duty. For example, is your bed just a bed, or does it have space underneath to hold some baskets or totes? Can your dresser double as a nightstand? Utilizing double-duty furniture means fewer large pieces taking up valuable bedroom real estate.
4. Go Light or Go Dark -- They Both Work!
White is reflective, so a small bedroom painted white will feel bright, airy, and calm. But contrary to popular belief, a small bedroom painted a dark color like navy or charcoal can also look great. Whether you choose to go light or dark, make sure you paint both the walls and the trim the same shade. This will prompt the illusion of a larger space.
5. Make the Bed the Focal Point
Whether your room is small or palatial, the bed should be the focal point of a bedroom. First, identify the space’s main wall, then center your bed right in the middle. A headboard is a great way to anchor the bed to its space, while a small collection of decorative pillows will draw the eye. A properly sized piece of artwork above the bed can also add a nice touch.
6. Add a Mirror
7. Arrange Thoughtfully
Finally, arrange your bedroom as if you are creating a pathway through half of your room. Besides your centered bed, leave half of the room nearest the bedroom door free of any other large furniture pieces. Then arrange any other furniture, like a dresser and bookshelf, on the other side of the room. It may seem counterintuitive, but this unbalanced layout will make your bedroom look larger.