Are you on the hunt for small bedroom ideas? Well, we aren't surprised, small bedrooms are a reality for many of us. But while you can find bedroom ideas aplenty for larger spaces in all the glossy mags, finding inspiration for a smaller one can be a challenge.
But designing a small bedroom needn't be a daunting task, all you need is a few tips and tricks for making the most of your space. Oh, and would you look at that, that's exactly what we have put together...
1. Enhance a small bedroom's size with pale colours
Changing up the colour of your bedroom can make a big difference to its perceived size, and going for a pale colour scheme in a light-starved space will make it look instantly larger. Consider going for light-coloured bedroom flooring, too, to complete the airy look.
'The cool, calm Scandinavian-styled interior isn’t going anywhere, and it's the perfect small bedroom idea. White can open up even the smallest of spaces and combines easily with existing decoration. When used in the bedroom, it’ll help you take a step back from your busy schedule. Use white as an accent wall and pair with fashionable dusty pastels to complete a soft and welcoming space,' suggests Sue Kim, Senior Colour Designer at Valspar.
2. Choose deep shades to make a small bedroom inviting
Right on trend, deep colours can be a really successful small bedroom idea, making it feel warm and cosy when lit by bedside table lamps, elegant and smart by daylight.
'Be brave and go bold, even in small spaces, using deep and moody shades. Combine with light, bright accessories and lots of light for a striking room that’s completely on trend,' continues Kasia Wiktorowicz.
3. Add texture – and interest – with wallpaper
A very effective (and underrated) way to add interest to a small bedroom is to experiment with wallpaper. Choosing a design with a subtle, receding pattern that will create dimension and texture is a subtler approach than picking out a wallpaper with a bold pattern or a large repeat that visually advances – thereby making the room feel smaller.
Check out our feature for more bedroom wallpaper ideas.
4. Invest in a bed that does the hard work
Perhaps the most effective solution to decluttering a small bedroom is to choose a bed with built-in storage. After all, the space under the bed is not doing anything, so why not get it to work? Take a look at storage headboards, too. They're a clever way to stash clutter and display your favourite items, too.
A bed with handy drawers, such as the Ikea Hemnes day-bed frame (pictured below), will accommodate everything from duvets and bedding to clothing and shoes. If you don’t want to see the bed at all during the day, consider a foldable futon – or an even more radical solution, the completely foldable Bed in a Box from Sofa.com.
5. Find a wardrobe to work with your space – and style
Which works best as a small bedroom idea – an open storage unit with a clothes rail, or a traditional wardrobe, albeit a small one? Well, that depends largely on what kind of a look you want to create in your bedroom.
For a relaxed feel, opt for an open storage system, such as the Ikea Elvarli unit, which comes in several sizes and configurations and is customisable to the proportions of your room. An exposed clothing rail does not have to mean that your bedroom will be untidy – mix it up with nice jewellery and hats, and you’ve got yourself a boudoir!
But, if having your clothes on display just isn’t your thing, save space by choosing wardrobes with sliding doors (which don't have to be opened outwards), and go for a white or mirrored finish to make your space will feel larger still.
There are plenty of slimline wardrobes out there, too, and if you can find one that has the added benefit of a full-length mirror, you're on the right track.
Check out more handy clothes storage ideas in our dedicated feature.
6. Opt for multi-tasking desks and dressing tables
A small bedroom with a desk is not a contradiction in terms. If you like the tranquility of your bedroom for getting some work done, or if you are flat-sharing, then thinking about fitting in a compact desk makes sense. It’s even better if the desk can double up as a dressing table, so that you don’t end up overloading a small space with too many furniture pieces.
For our pick of the best dressing tables, go and have a read of our buying guide, you will easily find something to suit your style and budget.
7. Up the comfort factor in small bedrooms with seating
Choosing the right armchair for a small bedroom can be tricky; too small, and any daily activities such as making up become uncomfortable; too large, and there will hardly be room for anything else. The way to go is to choose a statement stool – small in size, but big on comfort and personality. Alternatively, you can still enjoy the enveloping comfort of a bigger chair, if the rest of the bedroom furniture is kept to a minimum.
We've rounded up some of our fave bedroom chairs for every budget over on our buying guide.
8. Accessorise a small bedroom to add character
Small bedroom ideas to add character? A small space has its advantages; one of them is being able to really zoom in on accents and detail that could be lost in a bigger room. Elaborately patterned textiles and floral arrangements can add personality and even a touch of exoticism to a small bedroom.
You can also accent your small bedroom space with mirrors – and they don’t necessarily have to be large. Even a small mirror can create an illusion of a larger space. Think something that comes in a well designed frame and draws attention to itself.
9. Splash on great bedlinen in a small bedroom
Some bedrooms are so small that there is not much room for anything other than the bed itself. This is where good quality bedlinen and bedspread come into their own, creating a cosy and inviting space.
Crisp, white cotton bedlinen with a high thread count is guaranteed to refresh the look and feel of a small room and will reflect light.
For even more oomph, why not try linen bedsheets? They will add a distressed, lived-in texture to your bed, and a touch of Bohemian chic to the overall look of your bedroom. What is even better is the range of colours to choose from.
Check out more beautiful bedding in our pick of the best bedlinen.
10. Use visual tricks to make a small bedroom feel bigger
Looking for small bedroom ideas to make the room feel taller? If you've got a small bedroom with a low ceiling (the two often go together), painting the lower half of the wall with a darker shade than that above dado height will make the room seem taller. Add to that vertical panels or subtle vertical stripes and the effect will be exaggerated.
11. Be clever with space: install a window seat
A window seat is a great addition to a small bedroom design. It can allow you to introduce seating where there might otherwise not be space, plus it can be built with hidden storage beneath a lift-up lid.
12. Use shelving as bedside tables
If your bedroom is on the really, really small size, you might not have room for bedside tables on each side, so copy this small bedroom idea and instead wall-mount some shelves. You could have two or three down the side of your bed to create just as much storage as a bedside table would.
Top tip: DIY your own small shelves that fit perfectly in the space you have got. Check out Wickes and B&Q and look out for things like furniture boards, and planks of timber, or just get yourself a nice piece of wood and cut it to fit the space beside your bed. Then use some good-looking shelf brackets to mount them to the wall.
13. Get a bed with hidden storage
Underbed storage is all very well but what if you need more? The key to a small bedroom feeling bigger is to equip it with hidden storage. This bed (above, Argos) has storage beneath the bed but also hidden within the headboard (see below), allowing you to create pull-down bedside tables where there's no room for floorstanding ones – or you can shut up the clutter in them every night to keep your space feeling streamlined.
14. DIY a walk in wardrobe to max your space
Always dreamt of a walk in wardrobe? Oh, hasn't everyone. While we could waffle on in Carrie Bradshaw references for a paragraph or two, let's just cut straight to it – you can have a walk in wardrobe (of sorts), no matter how small your bedroom, with this amazing IKEA hack. This ingenious idea is just about being really clever with your space, buying the right storage and then covering it all over with a super cute curtain.
Find out how to recreate the look over in our step-by step guide.
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