The bedroom is arguably the most important space in a home. It is a sacred place where you can cuddle up, relax, and escape from the world. However, if your bedroom feels more claustrophobic than comforting, it’s time to spruce things up.
With creative ingenuity and intelligent design, even the tiniest of bedrooms can be transformed into luxury accommodations. Here are a few tips from the pro’s:
1. Begin with the bed.
A individual’s bed is a very personal thing – and it also happens to be the centerpiece of any small bedroom. Dream up your own version of luxury and use that image to create your decorating scheme. And don’t forget the headboard – a vintage padded headboard, DIY pallet, repurposed window, or rustic iron piece at the head of the bed will add unique character and create an interesting focal point to build off of. Once your bed is in order, use the space around the headboard to add creative storage and artsy appeal. By focusing the bulk of your wall decor around the headboard, the remaining walls will have an open, airy feel.
2. Build vertically.
Make use of vertical space by installing floating shelves for all your books, magazines, and photos. Floor-to-ceiling book shelves work well too, and you can increase storage space by stocking them with small baskets, boxes, or buckets to hide miscellaneous items.
3. Light it up.
Creative lighting can make all the difference in a tiny room. Soft light that shines from a variety of angles will blur the edges of the room – making it appear bigger. Recessed lighting will open up more space, and low-wattage bulbs have a nice calming effect.
4. Use creative reflections.
Mirrors create the illusion of depth – a nifty little trick for making small rooms feel bigger. One large mirror can act like a window. Several small mirrors can be used to make delightful decorative touches while they bounce light around the room. Meanwhile, one tall mirror hung on the door can make the room feel more open even when it’s all closed up.
5. Express yourself.
Whether you want a peaceful sanctuary or you want to go bold, vibrant, and funky, the key to tiny-room happiness lies within yourself. Don’t get hung up on decorating rules and palette schemes. Do add plenty of personal touches like bright pops of color, chic contrasting hues, framed art, and vintage finds. Rustic or refined, gypsy or chic, punk or Victorian – it doesn’t matter. The only rule is to make it your own, because the worst thing you could do with a small room is nothing at all.