If you have a small bedroom, you’re not alone – it’s one of the most common bedroom decorating issues. You don’t have to remodel to add actual square footage, but luckily, there are plenty of simple and quick tricks to fool the eye into seeing your bedroom as larger than it actually is. From mirrors to shelving, a little reorganization can go a long way.
Drawing the eye upwards is one way to deal with limited square footage. Think of it as a bait-and-switch maneuver. An interesting ceiling light fixture is a subtle example that still encourages the eye to drift upward making a small bedroom look and feel bigger.
When you’re dealing with a small room, think vertical. You might not have much floor space, but by using the walls right up to the ceiling, you use the space you have more efficiently while drawing the eye upwards, making the room seem larger.
Built-in shelves that extend from floor to ceiling are a great way to add storage, interest and visual space to a bedroom, but unfortunately, aren’t an option for everyone.
You can create the illusion of built-ins with bookcases or shelving units that are tall enough to reach the ceiling or hang enough separate wall shelves to fill the space. Whichever you choose, you’ll make the room look larger by painting the shelves the same color as the walls.
Forgo tall pieces of furniture in the bedroom and nix the headboard entirely. By keeping things low to the ground, including your bed, you effortlessly create more space above, which ultimately makes the ceilings seem higher.
Use Sconces by the Bed
Free up your night tables by installing sconces or any other type of stylish light fixtures that don’t require cords that snake across the floor. In the end, it makes for a tidy presentation in a small bedroom.
Drawing the eye upward, helps to give the room an open, airy look and reduces visual clutter around your bed. Adjustable sconces are perfect for nighttime reading – just move the light right where you need it and push it back when you are done.
Mirrors Are the Ultimate Illusion
A mirror visually expands a room and bounces around the light. It’s a good choice for a smaller space that could use all the widening it can get.
Every bedroom needs at least one full-length mirror so you can check out your outfit from head to toe, but the small bedroom can use more.
Mirrors are one of the easiest ways to fool the eye into thinking a room is bigger than it is, and there are so many ways to work them into the bedroom:
Mirrored closet doors.
Ornate mirror over the dresser.
Starburst mirror over the bed.
Small, fancy-framed mirrors grouped on the wall.
Mirrored or chrome-finished lamps, furniture, and decor.
Choose two or three from the list, and watch your bedroom magically expand plus the mirrors bounce light around the room.
Choose Furniture with Legs
Give your furniture a lift with legs to create an airy, open feel in the bedroom. Not every piece needs to be legged but try to have at least one piece with some height, whether it’s your nightstands, dresser, or bed. The more floor and wall that shows, the larger your room will appear.
Another way to create a larger feeling bedroom is find pieces of furniture that match in scale and are sized appropriately for your space.
A king-sized bed flanked with two tiny nightstands looks silly. Instead, choose a bed size that allows you to fit at least one nightstand large enough to hold it’s own beside the mattress.
Your dresser should match the nightstand in scale – often a dresser that is tall and narrow works better than a wide, short piece in a small room.
Play around with Placement
Beds are typically the largest piece of furniture in any bedroom. Therefore, its placement plays a crucial role in how cluttered the space will feel. Don’t be afraid to move it around the room for optimal placement, whether it’s next to the window or centered in the middle of the room.
Optimize your bedroom by using picture ledges, mounted storage boxes, pinup boards, or narrow shelving to create more space to display your beloved knick-knacks.
Match Window Treatments to the Walls
While large bedrooms can make great use of drapes or blinds that contrast with the walls, in a small bedroom, it’s better to match your walls and window treatments. This keeps the eye moving across the space, fooling it into seeing the bedroom as a little bit bigger than it really is.
Mount your drapes above your window frame and let them hang long (but don’t let them touch or pool on the floor). This will create the vertical effect that draws the eyes upwards.
Mix Subdued Prints and Solids
You don’t have to avoid all prints in a small room, but you’ll make the space look larger if you stick with small prints and plenty of solids.
This is especially true on your bed. Choose a solid or mostly solid bedspread or comforter, then add some color and interest to printed sheets and throw pillows. Stick with light-to-mid tone colors to help visually enlarge the space.
Try Soft colors and mix one bright color
You’ve probably heard that white opens up a room, and that is generally true. But that doesn’t mean that your bedroom needs to resemble an operating room.
You don’t need to decorate in all white, but it helps to stick with a soft, light palette. Pastels work wonderfully in small rooms, as do whispery-light shades of gray.
Try white mixed with one bright or mid-tone color. For the most impact, stick with cool colors – shades of soft blue, green and purple help enlarge a space, while the warmer hues have the opposite effect.
Another simple optical illusion, by painting the trim a slightly lighter color than the walls, your eye perceives depth. Incorporating this simple trick in your small bedroom design will make it feel like the walls are farther away, giving you a roomier feeling bedroom.
Ditch the Clutter
Nothing makes a bedroom look as small and cramped as clutter. One of the easiest ways to open up your space is with a good purge – get rid of excessive knickknacks, items that belong in other rooms of your home, and anything that is unneeded or unattractive.
You don’t want a bare, sterile room, but you don’t want overload either – instead, find the happy medium with just a few pieces of artwork, photos, collectibles, or other accessories.
Keep it Simple
A simple design with coordinating colors and patterns will not only make it more visually appealing, but also make your small bedroom look and feel bigger. Good luck enlarging the look of your small bedroom and please add your own ideas and experiences in the comment section below.