Small Bedroom Design Basics

A small bedroom is not a curse. Of course, if you fill it with wall to wall furniture, it can feel like a claustrophobic space, and not a room that promotes rest and relaxation. However, if you choose the right furniture, keep your belongings organized and understand which color schemes reflect the most light, then your small bedroom will feel much larger than it actually is. You will be able to enjoy the space, and enjoy spending time in your bed.

When decorating a small bedroom, you must first choose the right color to paint the walls. Light colors such as white, gray and beige tend to reflect the most light. Painting the walls in one of these shades will make the space seem to open up, whereas bold and dark paint colors can make it feel as if it is closing in on you. If your bedroom features wallpaper or the walls are painted a deep color, then take the time to repaint them. A good compromise is to paint one wall a more intense shade, and it can serve as an accent wall. Place the head of your bed against this wall and it will naturally become the focal point of the space, without making it feel smaller.

The next point to consider is the furniture you place in your bedroom. You need a bed, a dresser, and perhaps a nightstand. Anything else is excess and only visually clutters the space. Do away with the second nightstand, and choose a dresser or chest but don’t have both. If you need more storage space, install vertical shelves along the wall, or use a folding screen to hide your clutter. You don’t want to see this mess from the bed, because it will make you feel anxious instead of promoting relaxation.

Finally, you should maximize natural lighting to make your bedroom feel more spacious. If you are lucky enough to have windows, then install sheer curtains rather than heavy drapes. If your bedroom only receives minimal natural lighting, then make up for it by using artificial light. Lamps provide just the right amount of light without overwhelming. Consider a small lamp on your bedside table, or opt for a floor lamp that casts a soft glow on the ceiling. Another option is to install wall sconces above your bed that wash the wall with an even amount of light.

These three design ideas will help you to maximize the space that you have in your bedroom. A small bedroom can still be a beautiful bedroom, as long as you know how to properly decorate.