Decorating Small Bedrooms for a Large Look

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Decorating small bedrooms can be a challenge, especially when you desire a larger look and feel in the space. Fortunately, there are design tips you can incorporate to make your bedroom appear more spacious.

Start with the Bed

Chances are the size of your bed will be the biggest thing to take into consideration as you begin the decorating process. If you haven’t purchased a bed already, consider choosing a smaller size (a full or double as opposed to a king or queen size) and forgo the headboard and foot board, as those will take up more space. If you already have a bed, see if you can’t make it sit lower to the ground. Ditch the headboard and foot board if you have them. Place your bed as close to the wall as possible. Arranging the bed so that it projects into the middle of the room will fill the space and make it appear much smaller. Stick to clean lines and non-voluminous bedding for a sleek look that doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Keep It Neutral

Avoid dark colors on the walls and busy patterns, such as plaids, florals and stripes, on any window coverings. Sticking to neutrals and light colors will add to the sense of openness.

Know What Furniture to Keep In the Room

It wouldn’t be a bedroom without the bed, but if you’re going for a large look in your small bedroom you may have to eliminate most of your bedroom furniture. A large dresser is best replaced with a useful closet organizing system that will allow you to store all of your clothing items out of sight. Furthermore, a small bedroom most likely cannot be multi-functional (best not to have it serve as your office space or entertainment room, too). Functional furniture items for the room should be sleek in design and kept to a minimum. A small bedside table and a slim shelf will be more than enough furnishing.

Minimalism Is Best

Clutter will make a room of any size look smaller. To keep the large look in your small bedroom, avoid displaying too many items on shelves or hanging too many pictures on the walls. Consider hanging a large mirror or several small mirrors on the wall. Mirror are excellent accessories when it comes to decorating small spaces, as they make rooms appear larger.

Keep It Organized

When in comes to decorating small spaces, coming up with an effective storage system is just as important as the overall design aesthetic. Determine what shade of white to paint your walls, but also be mindful of what organizational tools you need to incorporate to keep the room neat and clean. Use storage containers that will slide under your bed. Stylish shelving cubes can be used to streamline the look of your room and also give you more storage. Most importantly, make your closet as functional as possible with adequate shelving and drawers. An suitable closet is so important it’s worth mentioning again.

Keep it neutral, uncluttered and organized and you can obtain a large look in your small bedroom.


Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

One Response to “Decorating Small Bedrooms for a Large Look”

  1. August 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm, Park West Gallery said:

    Great tips – I especially love the mirrors trick for making the room appear larger. Another consideration when designing your small bedroom is what accessories/decorations you will use to add personality to your room. Too many items will make your room feel smaller, so you will want to pick only a couple decorative pieces.

    Artwork is a good choice because it doesn’t take up precious floor space, and it adds a lot of visual interest. Artwork also adds instant sophistication to the space.


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