A small bedroom is quite prevalent in today’s environment, which is typically space-constrained.
Whereas rebuilding could be a possibility, there are a few design methods that might make the bedroom look bigger than it actually is.
Here are 17 design ideas for making a small bedroom look bigger.
– Consider using built-in storage. If you don’t have much space, try cutting holes in the walls and having a handmade storage unit put in. The space you save as a result of this will eventually be spent on other things.
– Use your furniture sparingly. It will not be possible to cram a lot of furniture into a small bedroom. However, making informed decisions regarding which type and, more crucially, how many pieces you’ll have can be really beneficial. For instance, instead of getting two nightstands, why not just have one? Or, even better, none at all!
– Employ black and white in your design. While it may seem contradictory given that black is the darkest color (or, more accurately, the lack of light), mixing black and white can assist create an impression of space. The contrasting colors’ layering and depth work together to make a bedroom look bigger than it is.
– Install the lights in place. Install sconces or other elegant light fixtures that do not have any cords that will crawl all over the ground to clear off the mess on your nightstand. If you accomplish this, you’ll observe a significant improvement in the appearance of your small bedroom.
– Keep your belongings off the floor. Within the confines of a small room, keep clutter to a reasonable level. Your room will appear to have more space if there is less stuff on the ground. Rather than acquiring a bookshelf that takes up space, consider mounting shelves on your walls. You’ll have more floor space if you can install more shelves on your walls.
– Make use of stripes. Have you ever considered or applied the advice that sporting a vertically striped shirt makes you look slimmer while wearing a horizontally striped shirt makes you appear wider? Your walls can be decorated using the same method. Vertical stripes offer the sense of a high ceiling while horizontal stripes optically expand and enlarge a tiny bedroom.
– Consider making use of the vertical space available to you. If you don’t have enough space in your bedroom, go vertically. Although the floor area may be limited, by employing the walls all the way to the ceiling, you will maximize the space while also inviting the eyes to look upwards, making the bedroom look bigger. Integrated shelves that extend from the floor to the ceiling are a great option for both aesthetics and storage.
– Choose furniture that has legs. When purchasing furniture for your bedroom, use items with legs to assist create an open feeling. I’m not suggesting every item must have legs, but at the very minimum, whether it’s your nightstand or your bed, strive to include one with some height. The larger your room appears, the more floor and wall you can view.
– Mix prints and solids in a subtle way. In a small bedroom, you don’t need to avoid all prints, but sticking to small prints and lots of solids will make the area look much bigger. This is especially the case of your bed, which is typically the biggest piece of furniture in your bedroom. Choose a bedspread or comforter that is primarily solid, then add color and variety with patterned bed sheets and toss pillows. To help optically expand the space, use light to mid-tone colors.
– Match the colors of the room’s decor. Shading is a tried-and-true technique for creating the sense of a larger space. Using varying tones of the same hue for the walls, furniture, and carpeting can assist to bring the space together. Visual harmony deceives your brain into believing that a small bedroom has more space.
– Use a bright color scheme. Do you think a small bedroom necessitates a color scheme of white or washed-out neutrals? Certainly not! When applied correctly, color can visually extend your bedroom by creating a central focus to draw the eye away from the small size of the room. In any case, a cheery bedroom will win you over. For a bright bedroom that feels larger than it is, choose an unusual color scheme like sunny yellow, coral orange, and lime green.
– Mirrors should be hung. Every bedroom should include a full-length mirror so that you can inspect how you look before going out in public. Small bedrooms, on the other hand, require extra mirrors than big bedrooms, because mirrors are the quickest way to fool the eye into believing the room is larger than it is. Regardless of wether you utilize mirrored closet doors, an ornate mirror over the dresser, or a starburst shaped mirror over the bed, there are various ways to incorporate mirrors into your bedroom.
– Coordinate window treatments with the color scheme of the room. Drapes or blinds that clash with the wall colors are common in big bedrooms. If you have a small bedroom, though, you should coordinate your window treatments with the walls to keep the eye moving across the bedroom and deceive it into thinking it’s a little bit larger than it actually is.
– Use patterns to brighten up your space. Do you prefer white walls, window treatments, and floor but yet desire splashes of color? When you mix and match patterns correctly, you receive two benefits: a burst of color and visual diversions that keep the eye moving, obscuring the bedroom’s small dimensions.
– Make your bed as low as possible to the floor. Avoid high-ceilinged furniture in favor of low-ceilinged pieces, and don’t bother with a headboard. By bringing your room’s furnishings as low to the floor as reasonable, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone: you’ll produce extra vertical space, which will have your ceiling appear higher.
– Select furniture that is proportional to the dimensions of the bedroom. Having a small room doesn’t imply you must have miniature furniture, but it does imply you’ll have to search for items that are scaled appropriately for your space and match in scale. A king-sized bed surrounded by two small nightstands will make your bedroom look ridiculous and claustrophobic. Rather, select a bed size that allows you to put at least one nightstand that is big enough to optically balance the mattress.
– Make use of light colors. Why not use lighter and gentler colors that reflect light instead of dark colors that absorb light? It will appear that your space is brighter and larger as a result of this. Whites and pastels offer your walls a light, airy look that appears to free up space. This technique can be used to pick paint colors for your walls as well as the tones of your furniture and decorations.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.