How To Make a Small Bedroom Feel Bigger
Making a small bedroom feel spacious and still maintain functionality is a major challenge. One of the largest furniture pieces in the house, your bed, has to fit in the room and leave space for everything else. Between your furniture and the additional design elements that go into a comfortable bedroom, it can easily start to feel like your own possessions are boxing you in.
By working with the color, lighting, and styles used, you can completely transform the feel of a cramped bedroom. The right elements can make even tiny bedrooms feel like they have plenty of breathing room.
Keep Colors Light and Cool
White adds a sense of freshness and openness to a space, and also reflects more light than dark colors. A well-lit room always seems larger than a dark room! This isn’t limited to your wall colors; light colored flooring also makes a room appear more open and bright. Don’t be afraid to go for light floors, even carpeting, but choose quality, stain resistant brands.
Cool tones like blues and greens also have an enlarging effect on rooms. Warm tones, especially deep ones, look cozier but make a room appear smaller. Even choosing cooler shades of white and off-white will play a part in how open your room feels.
Be Strategic with Mirrors
Mirrors reflect light and can be very useful for brightening up walls that don’t receive a lot of natural light. Large mirrors also create the illusion of more space. You don’t have to go all out with an entire mirrored wall, which was popular a couple decades ago for it’s enlarging effect. One large mirror above a bed or across from a window makes a big impact!
Decluttering is essential for a bedroom to appear more spacious. Each additional object in a small bedroom is one more thing boxing you in. There are several ways you can start the process of decluttering:
- Clean sweep: It’s time to part ways with the items you’ve been holding onto “just in case” for too long. Determine what you really need to hold on to and let the clutter go.
- Scale down on accessories: Select a few decorative items you want to display on furniture and around the room in general. Store away or disperse other decorative items and trinkets that are filling up your dresser top, shelves, and floor.
- Multifunctional furniture: Furniture that serves more than one purpose maximizes the available space. Storage beds are a popular option, with drawers and/or shelves fit into the bedframe. For kid’s rooms, a bunk bed eliminates the space needed for a second bed, and there are also models with built in storage and desk space.
- Remove “dumping” pieces: A bench at the end of a bed or a chair in the corner of the room are pieces that often lead to the “dumping” effect. They aren’t used for their intended purpose, but get piled with clothes, towels, papers, and other items. Pieces like these have limited practical use and make it more challenging to stay decluttered consistently.
Emphasize Ceiling Height
Emphasize the height of your room rather than the limited square footage. If you have high ceilings, choose tall bed frames, such as canopy beds, and tall bookcases to draw the eye upward. A unique light fixture also brings attention upward.
Long drapes that skim the ground help create the illusion of taller walls. Short curtains that stop a few inches off the floor, or right below your window sill, lose the visual effect of drawing the eye upwards from the floor. Curtains should be long enough to just skim the ground, or break lightly on the ground, but not puddle on the floor.
Hang Large Pieces of Art
Scattered, small pieces of art on walls in a small room can make it feel more cluttered. Have a couple large focus pieces and leave some bare wall visible. Over filling walls can make any room feel more boxed in, but the effect is more dramatic in small rooms. When selecting your art, choose something you genuinely love the style of. Unlike smaller accents, large pieces of art will set the tone of your room, so make sure it feels like it belongs.
Add Area Rugs
A large area rug can create the illusion of more square footage. Break up your floor space with a substantial rug, but not one so large that it covers all your visible flooring, which could have the opposite effect. A general guide is that the rug should stop at least a few inches away from walls it isn’t supposed to touch. Leaving some exposed flooring gives the room layers and more visual interest.
Avoid Clunky Furniture
Choose furniture with tall legs rather than solid bases that sit on the ground. The space under the furniture gives the illusion of extra room, whereas furniture with a solid base can feel boxy and bulkier. Bed frames with solid footboards like sleigh beds also tend to look bulky and add heaviness to a limited space.
Nightstands aren’t always clunky, but can feel like it in an area where they just barely fit. Resist the urge to squeeze a nightstand into a tiny space between the bed and wall or other furniture. Instead, use a nightstand alternative like a single wall shelf mounted on each side of the bed, or small stools, which often take up less than half the space of typical nightstands.
Overall, leaning towards minimalism, keeping your bedroom clutter-free, and finding ways to brighten up will go a long way in creating a sense of spaciousness. Still not sure what your bedroom needs? Come by our store to get inspiration from our showroom or consult with our decorators!