The biggest mistake people make when decorating small bedrooms is trying to cram too much in at once. While a sleigh bed with a dresser and mirror would work wonderfully in a large bedroom, this trio will only clutter up a small bedroom or even force you to push everything against the wall to make it fit. That's anything but cozy! So instead, go with clean-lined pieces, and when it comes to your area rug
, a large-scale print
and neutral palette are best for keeping things from feeling chaotic.
1. Be space savvy
Small bedrooms can pose a challenge when it comes to squeezing in storage pieces so you'll need to take advantage of the square footage you do have. For example, if you can't fit a dresser and mirror, consider a chest
that won't take up as much floor space.
2. Lighten up
Smart lighting choices have a big effect on how a small bedroom feels. Bedside lamps
, for instance, will emit a soft glow, which will blur the edges of your room and, in turn, make it feel bigger. Another hint: use lower wattage bulbs in your lamps—this will create a more calming ambience.
3. Family values
Create the illusion of more space by sticking to one color family. If you use similar hues on your walls and in your accents, it will help your eye move effortlessly around the room. To add interest, inject a few pops of a contrasting color.
4. No going wrong with white
White bedding feels so crisp and clean, plus it's a great choice for small spaces where you'll want to avoid adding too much visual weight.
When you're working with less square footage, every piece has to be chosen carefully. Double-duty pieces, like a bed with hidden drawers
in the footboard, will afford you more space to tuck away bed linens and throws, while a chifforobe
offers as much clothing storage as a dresser without taking up as much floor space.