How to Decorate a Small Bedroom

Even when space is limited, a small bedroom can still provide function and comfort.

To make the most of a small bedroom, try these decorating ideas:

  • Begin with paint.  Paint the room a light color in eggshell/satin to reflect light.
  • Use a bed to scale.  Rather than cramping the room with a queen bed, try a double bed that won't impede on walkways.
  • Choose a bedside table that offers storage.  A console table or chest can provide drawers to conceal items as well as a surface for a bedside clock and lamp.  In a bunk room or room with a pair of twin beds, a chest of drawers placed between the beds can double as a side table to maximize space.
  • Use pieces that multi-task.  For example, a stool at the foot of the bed can also be used as a luggage rack for guests.
  • Incorporate a mirror to reflect light and enhance the scale of the room.
  • Utilize overhead and task lighting, such as a bedside lamp.  Wall mount lamps can be used where surface space is limited.
  • Use the same type of flooring as an adjacent room/hall to make the room appear larger by tricking the eye.
  • Add window treatments that match the walls and extend to the ceiling to increase drama and the visual height of the room.
  • Soften the space with an area rug similar in color to the flooring. 
  • Install a closet system to eliminate the need for clothes/linen storage within the bedroom itself.
  • Use a headboard that's minimal by design or similar to the wall color to give the illusion of more space.

As with any room in your home, decorating a small bedroom can be a work in progress.  Add to it as you find items that are just right for the space.  With these decorating ideas, your small bedroom can provide comfort and utility.

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My favorite furniture and decor for small bedrooms!


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