This is a guest post by Erin, Lifestyle Blogger at American Freight Furniture and Mattress
Your bedroom should be a place to relax and restore after a long, hard day. But if you’re living in a small bedroom, it can be hard to make the space feel like a relaxing oasis while simultaneously storing all your belongings. Luckily, we have some great ideas to keep in mind to help you decorate your small bedroom. Let’s dig in!
CUT BACK ON THE CLUTTER
This may seem fairly obvious, but the reason a lot of people struggle with small bedrooms is because they try to fit too much into one space. The easiest thing to reduce is decorating accessories. If they don’t provide storage or if they take up too much surface space, they would probably be better off elsewhere. You can also donate or sell any décor you’re not attached to and use that cash to buy dual-purpose accessories that look great and store your stuff.
We like to recommend jewelry boxes, small trays, or stationary containers to decorate your room. You can also choose a shallow statement bookcase for displaying the pieces you can’t part with. As for the rest of the stuff you already have, if you haven’t used it (or noticed it was there) in the last year, now might be the perfect time to part ways.
CHOOSE SOOTHING, BRIGHT COLORS
Dark shades can make a room feel even smaller than it already is, so it’s important to make sure you’re choosing lighter, neutral tones that will help open up the room and make it brighter. Pastels, whites, tans, and light greys are perfect for the walls. You don’t have to stray from dark or bold colors completely, though. Choose dark accents like lampshades, throw pillows, or accessories.
You could also add interest with a paint pattern. Try light gray or white walls with a dark striped accent wall. Or add a pop of color by painting the trim and crown molding a bright color that will tie your accents into the space. There are countless ways to play with paint color and make the room your own.
PICK THE RIGHT FURNITURE
If you’re purchasing new furniture for this room, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, make sure you take measurements of the room first so you know what will fit. Next, consider the size of the bed: a large bed will make your room feel tight and cluttered, and it will not leave room for other furniture items. Instead, consider the different bed sizes available (Twin, Full, Queen) and see which will work best for you and your space.
A full size bed can give you a nice amount of room to sleep without taking up too much space.
You’ll also want to consider furniture that will maximize your wall space. Try to steer clear of furniture that is built with a curve. Curvy bed frames and 3D wall art can make your space feel claustrophobic. Finally, check out furniture that comes with built in storage in convenient places like a storage bed or you can even make a headboard with built-in shelving. These will give you somewhere to store items without taking up valuable space in your room.
CREATE A FOCAL POINT
A main focal point in a small bedroom can really bring everything together. The focal point can be whatever you choose – some people go for a bold, bright painting that really makes a statement, while others choose an unusual piece of furniture like a canopy bed. Remember that whatever you choose as the focal point will be the main element in the room, so you’ll want to decorate with it in mind.
MAKE THE CEILING POP
Another way to really open up the room is to add something interesting to the ceiling. Paint the ceiling a different color than the rest of the room to add color or texture. Add architectural elements like beams, panels, or crown molding for detail. If you’re really looking to go bold with a pattern, you could choose a wallpaper that works with your decor and wallpaper your ceiling.
Having a small bedroom doesn’t mean it can’t be the relaxing getaway you need after a long day. Keep in mind these simple tips to help your small room feel spacious.