Are you looking for ways to make your bedroom feel bigger? If you're struggling with a small bedroom, you're not alone. The average size of a master bedroom, which is traditionally the largest bedroom in the home, is around 13.37 metres squared and has shrunk significantly compared to bedrooms in the 1930s.
Having a smaller bedroom can make decorating a tricky task and you may need to get creative to make the most out of your space. From embracing natural light to choosing the perfect colour scheme, there are many tricks that can make your small bedroom look bigger.
Filling smaller bedrooms with large furniture, such as a bed, and your favourite decorative pieces can quickly overwhelm the space, meaning your bedroom won't feel as cosy and relaxing as it once did. Restoring a sense of order in your bedroom involves incorporating minimal elements that maximise your bedroom.
There are several small bedroom ideas and interior design tricks to help you make your sleep sanctuary feel more spacious - with a little creativity and a few key adjustments you can have the master bedroom of your dreams in no time.
Discover all the tips and tricks you need to turn your small master bedroom into a spacious haven.
Consider Where the Best Position is for Your Bed
Whether you are looking for the best place for your new bed or wondering how to fit your favourite furniture around your windows, choosing the right position for your bed can be a challenge. However, selecting the perfect position can help to create an eye-catching look, plus you can further elevate your bed with stunning scatter cushions and cosy, chunky knit throws.
There are many possibilities when it comes to positioning your bed within your smaller room. Choose between the centre of a bedroom, tucked in the corner or beneath the window, and practice Feng Shiu to help arrange your bedroom furniture in your home in order to create balance with the natural world.
Space-Saving Furniture is a Must
Smart storage solutions are a must when it comes to small bedroom design ideas! In order to make sure you can completely relax in your bedroom, you need to ensure you're not tripping over shoe boxes and bulky pieces of furniture every time you make your way to bed.
It goes without saying that the less furniture you have in your bedroom, the larger it will look and feel. Consequently, swapping your set of drawers for a bedframe with storage, like our DUSK range of Ottoman beds, is a great way to store your clothes as well as cutting back on bedroom furniture.
Ottoman beds are a timeless classic and brilliantly functional, with lots of bedroom storage discreetly pocketed away in their under-bed space. Ottoman beds can simply be lifted from the foot of the bed to discover ample room for everything from spare bedding to clothes and shoes.
When it comes to furniture that you don't use too often, such as a desk or chair, choose foldaway options that can be easily stored in a cupboard to give you extra space when you aren't using them. Or opt for one of our sofa beds - ideal for saving room in studios or smaller spaces.
Reduce Clutter Within Your Small Bedroom
Nothing makes a bedroom feel smaller than copious amounts of clutter. Not only will you be tripping over on your way to bed every evening, but it can drastically reduce floor space and make your bedroom feel cramped.
The easiest way to cut clutter is to have a good sort out, donating anything that you no longer need or want, as well as making sure you have nothing in your bedroom that belongs elsewhere in the house.
You should also consider how you store your spare bedding as it can take up a lot of space. From storing bedding sets in linen cupboards or placing them in chic baskets to neatly folding them into protective bags, space-saving solutions are endless when storing duvet covers, pillowcases and more.
While you don't want your bedroom to feel completely bare, you also don't want to weigh it down with things you don't need. Opt for just a few pieces of artwork on the walls, minimising your photos and accessories to make your small bedroom look bigger.
Hang Mirrors for Complete Illusion
If you are wondering how to make your small bedroom feel bigger, you should consider the use of mirrors. Mirrors aren't only necessary for checking out your outfit before you leave the house - they are also one of the easiest ways to fool the eye into thinking that your bedroom is much bigger than it actually is. They bounce natural light around the bedroom to create a bright and beautiful boudoir for the full effect, we recommend you place them directly opposite windows.
However, there are numerous ways that mirrors can be incorporated into your bedroom if you're strapped for space. Opt for mirrored wardrobe doors as this will take up no additional space but can completely transform your room. Alternatively, hanging a large mirror above your dresser is also a great practical solution. You could also introduce mirrored items such as bedside lamps to help bounce light around the bedroom, immediately expanding the space!
Integrate a Light Colour Scheme Within Your Bedroom
Light colours have a similar impact to mirrors in helping to reflect natural light around your bedroom so the space feels more inviting. Dark colours within smaller bedrooms are more likely to absorb light, which will result in a less spacious feel overall.
However, your room doesn't have to be completely white as this could make your space feel a little too bright. Choosing other cool light colours such as pastel green or blue paired with white will keep your space bright without it feeling too sterile. If you prefer a warmer colour palette, opt for neutral shades, creating texture with different scatter cushions and sumptuously soft throws.
Your bed is often the centrepiece of your whole bedroom so choose your bedding wisely. When selecting bedding for a small bedroom, stay away from loud colours and busy prints as these can easily overwhelm your room.
Sticking to lighter colours and crisp white bedding will make the space feel more airy and open. But don't worry - you can easily add a pop of colour using cushions, throws and bedspreads in whichever colour you choose. Pastel pinks are perfect for a light introduction of colour, but a splash of navy will help to create a richer colour palette without overpowering your bedroom.
You can find more ways to dress your bed like a designer in our blog post, which includes tips on picking the perfect colour palette for your smaller bedrooms right through to how to plump up your pillows for the ultimate finish.
Consider the Size of Bedroom Furniture and Decor
Stay away from tall chairs and dresser drawers. By keeping furniture low to the ground you're creating more space above which in turn makes your ceilings feel higher and gives the illusion of more space.
Transparent furniture is also a great way to optimise your space. Try replacing your wooden desk with a glass-top table and choose an acrylic chair. This will not only look sleek, modern and stylish but will also make your whole bedroom look and feel a whole lot bigger. To make it feel warmer and more comfortable, drape a luxury throw over the back of your chair.
You should also consider keeping windows bare as heavy curtains can completely overwhelm a small bedroom. Keeping your window treatments to a minimum will help to give an unobstructed view, drawing the eye outside and giving the illusion of more space.
Opting for more streamlined options such as shutters or blinds will help to completely optimise the amount of light you get within your bedroom, resulting in a bright and airy space.
Make the Most Out of Vertical Bedroom Space
Floor space may not be an option for a lot of small bedrooms. That's why you've got to think vertically! Using wall space right up to the ceiling on one of the walls in your bedroom can be a great storage solution and will draw the eye upwards, making the room seem taller and consequently more spacious.
Choose built-in shelves and bookcases or, for a more affordable option, select separate wall shelves to fill the space. Painting the shelving units the same colour as the walls will also help elevate the whole room, making it look and feel larger.
Will you be using any of our small bedroom design ideas? We'd love to hear how you make a small bedroom look bigger! Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. For more top tips, check out our advice on the DUSK blog.