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How can I make a small bedroom look bigger?

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A small bedroom can interfere with a good night’s sleep, especially if it feels crowded, making one feel claustrophobic. Luckily, one can employ several tips and tricks, which professionals commonly employ to create tiny rooms with a big personality that overshadows its flaws. Whether it’s a tiny master bedroom or guest bedroom, we present smart ideas that make the area feel more spacious and comfortable.

1. Connect the small bedroom to the outdoors

MASTER BEDROOM Modern style bedroom by A Design Studio Modern Wood Wood effect
A Design Studio


A Design Studio

If the room connects to a balcony or has a large window, make it the highlight. Not only will it invite light into the room to brighten up the area but also distract from the cramped look of the room. One of the small bedroom ideas to enlarge the space visually by linking it to the outdoors is to replace wooden or half doors with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding ones that maximise the light in the space. For curtains, use sheers that don’t block the light or the view of the outdoors.

2. Go horizontal with the design of the small bedroom

Master Bedroom Modern style bedroom by homify Modern

Master Bedroom


Some bedrooms are so tiny that the area between the walls appears to be too little. A trick that many professional interior designers use for small bedroom design in such spaces is to add horizontal lines to create the impression that the room is wider than it is. Among the ideas for achieving this are installing horizontal planks of wood cladding on the wall or placing a rug with horizontal stripes on the floor.

3. How to decorate a small bedroom with artworks

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Headboard and ceiling design


When it comes to small bedroom decoration, it’s always advisable to keep it minimal. Cluttering up the walls with many paintings will make the room look smaller than it is. Ideally, one should place a medium-sized painting on each wall so that the eyes move around the room taking in their beauty. In the process, it will distract from the small size of the room. A painting over the headboard adds a lot of style to the bedroom but ensure that the width of the painting is a little less than that of the headboard and leave a few inches gap between the top of the headboard and the bottom frame of the painting.

4. Emphasize a high ceiling

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If the bedroom has the advantage of a high ceiling, shifting the focus towards it will make the area look much more spacious than it is. For emphasizing the height of the ceiling, vertical stripes on the wall paper or the wall is an excellent idea. Choosing the right small bedroom furniture can also contribute to the effect. For instance, a high bed with a slim four-poster frame that extends towards the ceiling can greatly enhance the height of the room. Try to get a bed without a frame at the footboard and avoid heavy wooden furniture to keep the room looking light.

Learn more techniques for optimising space in a small bedroom.

5. What colours are ideal for a small bedroom?

Colour plays a vital role in the design of any room. In a tiny one, using dark colours on the walls will make the room look crowded. Instead, choose pastels or soothing light shades for small bedroom colour. White is an excellent choice for a bedroom that is small. It’s also easy to pair with other shades such as trendy neutrals or cool blues and greens to prevent the room from looking too dull.

6. Design storage to eliminate clutter in a small bedroom

Room 1, View 2b Modern style bedroom by homify Modern

Room 1, View 2b


Clutter is an absolute no-no in a small bedroom as it gives the impression of a tiny and crowded room. Therefore, it’s vital to design smart small bedroom storage solutions for the area in a manner that it doesn’t take up too much of the floor space as it would be counterproductive to the process of making the room appear less cluttered. Storage under the bed is a space-saving option for a small room as it keeps everything looking organized. Preferably choose bed designs that have a gap between the bottom of the storage drawers and the floor so that it’s easy to clean and allows the air to circulate through the area. Building a headboard with storage incorporated into it is another smart solution for saving space in a small bedroom as it can be used to arrange books or even store shoes.

7. Using mirrors in small bedrooms

MASTER BEDROOM Modern style bedroom by A Design Studio Modern Glass
A Design Studio


A Design Studio

While it’s a well-known trick for making a room appear larger than it is, using mirrors is a popular solution even today. For those looking for DIY small bedroom ideas that can freshen up the area, placing large mirrors on the wall or on the doors of wardrobes can amplify the sense of spaciousness by reflecting the room and the light within it. However, when installing mirrors ensure that it isn’t in a place where one can see one’s own reflection when lying on the bed as according to Vastu Shastra, this may affect the health of the persons occupying the room.

Find more tips for using Vastu Shastra for decorating a bedroom.

8. How about an open plan for a small bedroom?

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Ink Architecture

Studio Apartment

Ink Architecture

While this may not be ideal for a larger home, in a small loft or one-bedroom apartment a small bedroom design that opens out the room to other areas in the house can help with eliminating the feeling of limited space in the room. Sliding doors are an excellent solution for this purpose. One can slide the partition in place when one needs privacy. At other times, the partition can be left open to make the entire home feel spacious.

9. Suspend the lighting in a small bedroom

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Lamps on bedside tables are a part of every bedroom. However, in a small one where space-saving is of primary importance, one can replace table lamps with models that hang from the ceiling or the wall. This idea can be carried through to small bedroom furniture by mounting side tables on the wall to leave the floor free. It will not only make daily cleaning easier than ever but also enhance the sense of lightness of the space.

10. Décor accents for small bedrooms

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Headboard and lighting


While designers recommend light and soothing colours for small bedroom decoration, this doesn’t mean that one can’t go bold with it. A few bright-coloured accents or accessories, whether it’s a figurine, flower vase or throw cushions on the bed, can elevate the style of the room and give it a lot more personality. Installing a chandelier is a subtle way to infuse character into a small bedroom as it brightens up the room besides making it look stylish. Once can pick a modern chandelier or a classic one depending on the overall design theme of the room.

Besides these techniques and tricks, one can find a host of innovative ideas to amplify the spaciousness of a small bedroom. While a DIY makeover project can bring a cosy touch to the room, for ensuring every inch is put to the best possible use, we recommend consulting a professional interior architect or designer. From helping to decide on the best design style for the bedroom to advising about the colour scheme, layout and accessories that can create a well-coordinated design, working with a professional will guarantee that even the tiniest bedroom looks comfortable and beautiful.

Which of these tips will you try in your bedroom? Leave us a comment.
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