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8 ideas for decorating small bedrooms

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on February 06 2021

small bedroom decorating ideas

Decorating a small bedroom can be a challenge for even the most experienced interior designers. No one wants to feel cramped in a room meant for rest and relaxation. But unless you knock down a wall, there may seem little you can do to improve the situation.

Fear not. With a little innovative thinking, you can make a room look more spacious and actually create more space. This blog post presents 8 ideas for you to try.


Make a small room seem more spacious

If you're decorating a small room, you should try the impossible: make the room look more spacious than it is. Believe it or not, there are a number of clever visual tricks you can do to make your small room feel much larger than it is.

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Use contrasting light and dark colors.

White walls are always a safe bet when decorating. In small rooms, white walls open up the space and make it appear larger. If you want to add depth and variety to the space, use contrasting dark colors to add accents and features.

For example, you can turn a wall into a plain or striped feature wall. Horizontal stripes along the tall wall will lengthen the room, while vertical stripes up and down shorter walls help give the illusion of additional height.

Add a large mirror

The reflection of the room gives the illusion that the room extends beyond the small space. You can add a large mirror on its own or attach it to your closet. The mirror will also reflect light, which will help the room look brighter and appear larger.

Add floor-to-ceiling draperies or eliminate them altogether

Curtains can be a difficult feature to get right. Common mistakes when hanging curtains include setting the curtain rod too low and having short curtains. In a small room, using long curtains can help a room appear taller. Therefore, you should pay attention to the location of the rod and the length of the curtain.

Alternatively, you can remove the curtains altogether and fit a blind that fits snugly to the window. This is good for especially small rooms where you are looking for a minimalist design, whereas curtains can look bulky in a cluttered space.

Choose furniture with raised legs and see-through features

"Transparent features" refer to pieces that are not quite solid, but have gaps that allow you to see some of the space on the other side of the furniture.

Raised furniture and see-through features allow more light to flow freely and make your small bedroom more airy and your furniture appear less bulky. A raised bed offers storage space underneath, which is useful when, like one of our recommendations, you're next to tidy up your room.


Maximizes space in the room

Visual tricks aside, there are also a number of things you can do to make the most of the space in the room. Here are four ideas.

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Pushes the bed against the corner

This may not be popular with adults, but if you can only fit one single bed, you can single bed or a single bed or a small bed in your room, then this design is a good choice. You will have more room to walk around and you can also place a small closet in the room. Use the above tricks to try to make the room look bigger and choose high quality sophisticated furniture to give the room a more "grown up" feel.

Tidy up and keep furniture to a minimum

Less is more when it comes to decorating an extremely small bedroom. Keeping the room clutter free will free up more space in the room. Try opting for a minimalist design by having just enough of what you need and no more!
Remember earlier when we said your bed should be elevated? Well, now you can use the space under the bed to store your shoes, out-of-season clothes or any other clutter you're not ready to get rid of yet. Be sure to use storage boxes and lidded baskets to keep dust out of your stored possessions.

Add furniture and wall accessories

Using wall-mounted accessories will help keep the floor uncluttered and provide more walking space. For example, you can eliminate side tables, floor lamps, bookshelves and even full-length cabinets by adding wall sconces, floating shelves and nightstands, and wall cabinets over the bed to take advantage of the upper space in the room. If you also have a TV in the room, go ahead and mount it on the wall instead of placing a bulky TV stand.

Avoid platform beds

Platform beds, particularly designs that extend wider than the mattress and generally sit flush with the floor, are not recommended for small spaces. For starters, they break one of our previous rules and choose furniture with raised legs.

But the cardinal sin of platform beds is that they take up precious walking space and you'll stub your toes and shins on those corners more times than you can count. Yes, they seem like a good idea and aesthetically, a platform bed looks good if you have large space; but trust us on this one, your toes and shins will thank you.

These are just a few practical and applicable ideas you can use to make your small dorm room look bigger and save space. Some ideas may not be popular, like pushing the bed into the corner - what am I, a college student? - but when you're working with an extremely small space, you need to make the most of every inch of space. We hope you found these tips helpful. Take a look at our websiteand see if you can make the most of your small space with high quality solid wood pieces.

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