When moving home and setting up your bedroom, creating a place you are comfortable sleeping in can be challenging when space is at a premium. You might feel this way particularly if you have recently downsized. Here are our interior design tips for a small bedroom to ensure it feels spacious and comfortable...
Interior design tips for a small bedroom
The first task for anyone who is planning on decorating should be to thoroughly measure the space and then draw a diagram of the floor and wall plan for reference. Here, on the safety of a piece of paper, you can plan out what furnishings, colours and accents you would like to make use of. Interior design tips for a small bedroom include:
1. Get creative with your bedside table
Even if your new room requires you to make sacrifices, a side table is often an essential item for many. If your floor space does not allow for one to fit snugly into your living space, then you might have to get creative. Why not try turning yours lengthways instead of sideways? Or, if you want something tailored specifically to your new home, fit a small, wall-mounted table or shelf to your wall so your glass of water and current read is not placed out of reach.
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2. Use mirrors
Through tricks of reflection, mirrors can help a small room look spacious, and if you place a large mirror opposite the window from which the daylight enters your space brightest, it will reflect the rays as if it was a second light source. This is helpful if you only have a small handful of natural inlets for sunshine as it will help give your space an airier, open atmosphere and prevent it from appearing dark and gloomy.
3. Add some colour with an accent wall
Experiment with light and space through colour contrasts. A pale yellow room could utilise a blue accent wall or vice versa. If you want to keep your interior traditional and simple, a coloured or wallpapered wall next to a plain white wall may work wonderfully, giving you the freedom to choose any pattern you choose, no matter how zany it is.
4. Make your storage space big and invisible
It sounds oxymoronic, but there are some huge storage units that can be completely disguised by your furniture’s setup and save your room from needless clutter. For instance, purchasing a loft bed will allow you to set up a small working or living area underneath your sleeping area. Some styles of beds offer drawers underneath the mattress or built into the frame, where you can store plenty of essentials and keep them out of your eyesight.
5. Divide the room
If you are residing in a studio which doubles as a bedroom and cooking area, you might consider using a bookshelf as a room divider. Open-ended ones work best for this as they allow for light to circulate through their compartments whilst keeping your belongings looking neat and tidy. It will help to maintain a sense of separation between the two parts of your home, keeping the hobs and food away from any stainable items and reserving the bed area for sleeping only.
6. Install a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe
If you are short on space, no inch should be wasted on furniture that does not suit your measurements. When shopping for a wardrobe, choose one that can be installed from floor to ceiling rather than a traditional one that leaves a gap at the top of, and sometimes below, it. By doing so, you can fit plenty more items of clothing inside without having to fit excess bags of clutter in useless spaces of your room. This will give off a sense of disorganisation and claustrophobia, which is never good for helping you catch some sleep.
7. Go minimalist
The best way to create a visually appealing room of any size is to stay within a minimalist style when working with the furnishings. Choose wallpaper and paints carefully to avoid eyestrain and keep the colours pale. As a rule, white walls make a room look larger and calmer. Whilst a larger room provides more leeway for the inclusion of quirky items and design choices, you will need to be more ruthless with your attention to detail when furnishing a smaller area in order to avoid visual clutter.
Certain details which can reduce visual clutter are choosing a smaller bedframe and making both of the bedside tables identical if there are two of you sharing the mattress. Also, keeping the tone of the wood consistent throughout all of the pieces of furniture is a great way to make your room appear well-planned, if possible.
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8. Hang your photos and art higher
Are you an art collector or lover, and want to make sure your pieces are presented in the best way possible? Or perhaps you love photography, in which case, you have probably collected a large number of prints over the years. A clever visual trick which can make your room look bigger is to put them in either white or black frames and hang these higher than you would normally do so. Drawing a viewer’s eye to the ceiling is a wise way of deterring them from focusing on the ground-level commotion whilst making use of your entire wall space.
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