Some people love the cozy feel of small bedrooms. Others? Not so much.
Whether you’re Team #SmallBedroom or not, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when decorating a tiny space. After all, your design options are pretty limited, and you have to carefully choose what you’re bringing into your space.
Here’s a solution: maximize the space in your bedroom.
We’re not saying that you should grab a sledgehammer and break down your bedroom walls. But there are a few simple tricks you can do to make a small room look bigger–without doing a major renovation. Read on and use these ideas for your next redesign efforts.
Let There Be Light
The first tip doesn’t require any purchases. Just draw the curtains aside and allow natural light to permeate your bedroom.
Filling your room with sunlight can do wonders for your space. It gives off a feeling of being out in the open. Plus, you can cut down your electricity bills by making the most of daylight.
And instead of using thick, dark draperies, you might want to dress your windows with delicate sheer or tulle curtains. That way, you can still let in light while maintaining a sense of privacy in your bedroom.
One space-maximizing trick that most interior designers swear by? Putting up reflective surfaces, a.k.a. mirrors.
Reflective surfaces are the secret to brightening up a space and creating a visual illusion of more space. The more mirrors you have, the wider your bedroom will look.
So rather than getting a massive piece of artwork, choose a standing mirror and place it across your window. Doing so will bring in more natural light and reflect the greenery outside your apartment.
Keep Clutter Out of Sight
Have a clutter-filled bedroom? You don’t have to throw all the junk away. Sweep it under the rug, or in this case, hide it all away.
There’s no need to buy a set of drawers just to have more room to hide your things in. If you have a closet, try to come up with an organization system to make the most of your existing storage space.
Choose Neutral Accents
Dark colors can give a room a cramped appearance. Light, subdued tones, on the other hand, open up a space as they give off an airy feel.
So when purchasing bed covers, rugs, pillow covers, and furniture, you might want to go for neutral colors, like beige, white, gray, and taupe.
Mount It Up
Another way to make your small bedroom look bigger? Draw the eye up using a creative distraction: mounted decor or furniture.
If you want to illuminate your space, don’t get floor lamps. Instead, install light fixtures on the ceiling or wall to save floor space.
Or rather than bringing in a huge, bulky bookshelf, consider mounting open shelves on the wall and putting statement pieces, along with your books, on them.
Consider Versatile Furniture
Maximizing the space in a small room doesn’t mean avoiding any furniture purchases. It’s all about picking the right furniture choices. More specifically, choose multifunctional ones.
Want a bedroom bench to serve as a catchall for clothes? Find a storage ottoman with a removable lid. Need a desk where you can work on your laptop? Get a Murphy table that doubles as a shelving unit.
Again, we aren’t saying that you should avoid bringing in more things. If you want to make your room feel larger, it all boils down to carefully hand-picking your bedroom decor purchases.
The Sidney at Morningside Apartments in Atlanta, GA