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Decorating a Small Bedroom
Decorating a Small Bedroom

Soft, neutral colors, lots of natural light and furnishings with simple lines make this small bedroom appear much larger than it is.

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Small bedrooms can present a difficult challenge, but decorating a small bedroom can actually be fun. The trick is to adapt the same rules that one would follow when decorating any small space. Below are some tips and ideas for decorating a small bedroom.

Consider Scale.
You may not want to sleep in a twin-sized bed, and the good news is that you may not have to. Experienced decorators know that the scale and lines of your bedroom furniture are more important than the size of your bed.

Look for furnishings with clean, simple lines. If you like antiques, choose French over English styles, which tend to be more ornate and have heavier lines. Contemporary or transitional style furnishings may work better than more traditional styles.

Lighten up.
Cramming a small bedroom full of furniture just makes it feel smaller. Many buy mammoth-sized bedroom suites in anticipation of a bigger bedroom “someday.” Consider using some of the pieces in other areas of your home until “someday” arrives.

If you have a television in your bedroom, hang it on the wall instead of placing it on a TV stand. If you have a huge closet, you can possibly do without a dresser and/or wardrobe. Stash seasonal clothing in underbed storage, or use wall-mounted shelving instead of stand-alone bookcases.

Headboards can push a bed more than a foot from the wall, so consider using a wall mounted headboard – or none at all. Platform beds often work well in a small bedroom.

Consider your needs and only add furnishings that you can’t do without. A bed along with one or two small side tables is all you may need to have a functional bedroom.

Choose a calming color palette.
Another way to lighten up is through color. Lighter colored furniture, paint and decor makes a small space appear larger. Avoid heavy prints or deep, muted colors that add visual weight to a space.

Consider using a limited tone-on-tone or one-color color palette. Neutrals can blend well together and make even the smallest spaces feel bright and airy.

Create depth.
Mirrors are great for reflecting light and making a space appear larger than it is. Hang mirrors on the wall or choose mirrored bedside tables or other mirrored furnishings. Even a high-gloss finish on furniture can work much the same way.

Glass is also a good reflector of light and tends to lighten the feel of a space. Small glass accessories or glass bedside table lamps easily add depth to your space. Glass-topped end tables tend to make the furniture “disappear” and the space look larger.

Let in the light.
Sheer drapes – or no drapes - will open up your bedroom and make a space appear much larger than heavy, light-blocking drapes. If you need privacy or to keep out the morning sun, consider installing mini blinds or roller shades that you can pull down when need.

If natural light is lacking, install task-specific recessed lighting instead of floor or table lamps, which take up more space. If you prefer lamps, choose slender lamps with small shades instead of lamps with round, bulky or ornate shapes.

Cut the clutter.
The best thing you can do to make any space feel larger and more relaxing is to clear out the clutter. The more photos and throw pillows you have, the less space there is for you! Move some things to other parts of your home, or rotate small decor items seasonally. There’s no reason to have a junky space when beauty is so easily obtained.
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