The bedroom is the sanctuary of the home. It’s a place where you can relax, unwind and recharge before heading back out into the world. Unfortunately, not all bedrooms are big enough to accommodate this need for relaxation. If your bedroom is too small, it can feel cramped and stuffy when trying to relax or sleep. The good news is that with some smart design solutions and tricks under your belt you can make any room look and feel larger than it really is, even if it’s small!
1. Paint the walls
- Painting your bedroom in light colours allows you to make the most of your small space and create a brighter, more inviting atmosphere. If you’re looking for a subtle change, try using a lighter shade in the room itself, but use a darker colour on the ceiling and floor to add contrast (this can be achieved by switching from white paint to an off-white). Or go bolder with contrasting colours that complement each other, dark blue walls coupled with light grey ceilings and floors will give your bedroom an airy feel without sacrificing style!
- Use contrasting patterns. Patterned wallpapers are key here. Keep them as large as possible so they visually expand space rather than take up lots of room in themselves! A mural painted across one wall will also make a significant impact on how a small bedroom feels and makes it seem larger than it is.
2. Use light colours throughout
- Use light colours throughout the room to create a sense of space.
- Light colours make everything feel larger, so stick with white, beige or cream for the walls and furniture.
- The same goes for accessories – darker colours can make a room look smaller by contrast.
3. Add mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to make a room appear bigger. They can be used in any number of ways, but here are a few ideas:
- Place mirrors strategically throughout your small bedroom to create the illusion of depth and open up the space. This is especially effective if you have high ceilings or an arched doorway.
- Use mirrors as decorative accessories, such as hanging them on the wall or placing them on tables and dressers.
- Hang mirrors next to windows so they reflect natural light into the room (this can be particularly helpful if there’s no natural lighting).
4. Be strategic with furniture
Think about how you will use the room, and make sure that your furniture is functional and multipurpose. You may need to move it around easily if there are guests staying over, so choose pieces that can be moved easily. If you have a lot of stuff, like books and clothes, consider adding storage space wherever possible (especially under beds). For example, buying a bed with drawers underneath can give you extra storage space without taking up any floor space at all!
5. Bunk beds in the kids room
Bunk beds are fun, space saving and kids love them. Pick a bunk bed that has a desk underneath and you can save a heap of space that you can use for additional storage or play area. There are many different types of bunk beds available but I would recommend a bunk bed with storage.
6. Make use of dead space
The bed is a focal point in the room, so it can be tempting to fill up all the space around it. But there are plenty of other ways to take advantage of dead or unused space. Here are a few ideas:
- Use under-bed storage boxes for extra blankets and linens that aren’t being used.
- Maximize vertical storage by hanging shelves from above your bed as well as from adjacent walls. If you don’t have enough headroom on the ceiling, consider shelving along side walls with adjustable brackets that move up and down depending on how much stuff needs storing at any given time (such as seasonal clothing). You could also mount hooks on these walls to hang decorative items like jewelry, pictures frames and plants (that don’t require much light). Be sure not to hang anything heavy too high above your mattress though!
7. Add Wall Storage Solutions
- Consider hidden storage solutions. Hidden storage is a great way to maximize space in a small bedroom. For example, you can install a wall-mounted bedside table that has drawers underneath the top surface and hiding them when they’re not in use.
- Use open shelving or cabinets with glass doors. If you don’t want to go all out with hidden storage, consider using open shelves instead of closed cabinets with doors (or vice versa). This will allow you to see what’s inside at all times without wasting too much floor space for extra cabinets that may not be necessary for your needs. Open shelved units also add an airy feel to any room which makes it seem larger than it really is!
- Use wall mounted coat racks or hooks instead of built-in coat hangers which take up valuable floor space when not being used for their intended purpose – hanging clothes! If hanging clothes isn’t an issue due to limited closet space then go right ahead but if possible try utilizing some type of alternative option like these ones listed above instead since they’re great alternatives that require less time/money commitment while still accomplishing their intended goal: holding items such as coats on display even though they’re conveniently located near where people walk back and forth through often enough during normal daily activities (i.e., entering/exiting rooms etc.)
8. Consider a Raised Bed
Raised beds are a great way to maximize space in a small bedroom. You can use them to add extra storage, or simply for aesthetic appeal. To create your own raised bed:
- Measure the size of your room.
- If you have enough space, dig out an area large enough for your desired use (for example, if you want to make it into a place to store extra clothing).
- Fill in the hole with soil and compost, then plant your seeds or seedlings around it according to their needs (plants that need more sun should be closer). Be sure that the plants don’t block any windows!
9. Make the most of vertical space
- A wall mounted bed is a great solution if you don’t have the floor space to accommodate a bed frame and mattress. You can choose between a variety of types, including loft beds and platform beds, both of which have the added benefit of making better use of your storage area underneath. If you live in an apartment or condo where space is at a premium, you may also want to consider an adjustable height queen-sized bed base with storage drawers (like this one).
If you’ve got room for it—and if your bedroom isn’t too small—a wall mounted desk or shelving unit will give you lots of options for organizing all kinds of things: books and magazines; office supplies; clothes that need air circulation (like sweaters); towels or other bathroom supplies; kitchen utensils; jewelry boxes…you get the idea!
Wall mounted wardrobes are another great way to maximize space when there isn’t much else available on which they could hang. They’re also usually built with more flexibility than standard wardrobes so they can be customized according to individual needs/wants while being designed specifically around whatever kind(s) of clothing items will be placed within them (e.g., hangers vs hooks).
10. Utilise hanging lighting
Hanging lights are a great way to add a touch of glamour to your bedroom. They can be used in a number of ways, and are particularly effective when trying to create a romantic feel or cosy atmosphere. Hanging lamps have a unique feature that makes them especially useful in small spaces: they allow you to increase the overall height of your room by creating an illusion that the ceiling is higher than it really is.
You could hang pendant lights above beds or on side tables at bedside, allowing ample light while still giving plenty of breathing space around the bed itself (and making sure there aren’t any wires lurking underneath). If you’re looking for something more elaborate, try installing one large chandelier at eye level so that it lights up all corners of the room with its soft glow!
11. Pastel bedroom ideas for a small space
If you are finding it hard to add colour to your small bedroom, then why not try pastel colours? Pastel shades are a great way of decorating a neutral room as they can be used to create a variety of different looks. Not only do they tend to be subtle in nature, but the soft hues are also calming and relaxing for both children and adults alike.
If you want to make sure that your pastel pink or pale blue walls look stunning in your small bedroom, then opt for lighter shades as these will give the illusion of an extra large space with minimal effort. If you prefer bolder shades such as red or purple then think about painting one wall bright white so that it contrasts well with your furniture and accessories.
White is another excellent option when decorating a small bedroom because it works well with many different styles ranging from modern minimalism right through to traditional elegance!
There you have it, 11 space saving ideas to help your small room seem much larger than it is!