Effectively Designing the Interior of a Small Bedroom

Often, it’s far more difficult to design the interiors of small bedrooms than larger ones.  While the challenge with larger bedrooms is getting the right furniture to fill them, the common fear with small ones is potentially rendering them unbearably claustrophobic with too much furniture.  So, with this in mind, how can you efficiently utilize your small bedroom in a stylishly effective way?  Here are nine suggestions:

  1. Properly Decorate Your Room:  Don’t make your bedroom too simplistic and dull.  Using smaller sizes, try to incorporate most of the decorative items, like pictures and rugs, you would normally include in a larger room.  This will help distract from the room’s small size and make it feel more comfortable.
  2. Use Mirrors:  Make your bedroom seem larger by covering closet doors with mirrors.  When your room is open, clean and uncluttered, this will make it appear much more spacious.
  3. Follow the Lead of Hotels:  Several hotels have exceedingly small rooms, yet few people complain because they are expertly designed.  Copy the creative placement used in hotel rooms, efficiently incorporating nightstands and shelfs into small spaces, make the bed exquisitely comfortable and cause it to be the focal point of the room.
  4. Utilize the Wall Behind the Bed:  Build shelving and chests of drawers on the wall behind the bed.  Build these beside and up and over the bed’s headboard.  This will free the other walls from clutter and make the room seem bigger.
  5. Make One Wall Different from the Others:  Paint or paper one wall differently from the others to produce the visual illusion of depth.  This works particularly well with the wall behind your bed.  Give your back wall darker vibrant colors, while leaving the other walls white.  This will help draw attention away from its small box-like shape.
  6. Incorporate Multifunctional Furniture:  Reduce the number of items in a room by making each one serve more than on function.  A bookcase, for example, can also double as both a headboard and a table.
  7. Keep Closet Doors Flat, Plain and Reflective:  Don’t add raised handles to closet doors or paint your closets with dull flat paint.  This will prevent them from interfering with your movement in close spaces and glossy paint will help them reflect light around your room.
  8. Have Items Custom-Designed to Fit Your Particular Needs:  Use all available space, including that which isn’t traditionally used.  If necessary, have a carpenter or builder design items that do this.  They can design such things as an integrated headboard-desk or a hideaway guest bed that’s stored underneath your bed.
  9. Accommodate Two People, Instead of One:  Use narrower beds, with smaller non-conventional items that mimic tables, and use space-saving wall lights or clip-on lights.  In this way, you can fit two beds and all the supporting furnishings into a small room.

Other things you could try, include using bright color schemes on furnishings in white rooms and sticking to simple, space-saving bed frames.

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