Is your small bedroom making you feel cramped and constricted? Whether it’s the master bedroom, guest bedroom, or kids’ room in the home, there comes a point in time when we feel the lack of space.
Of course, you could undertake a major restructuring and renovation project and knock down walls to open up space. But there are simpler and easier ways to decorate small bedrooms to give the impression of space.
Our needs and preferences evolve as we age. When a couple sets up home for the first time, a cozy and cute bedroom is just right for them. As the children come along, there’s a need for more space, and when they grow, they want independent rooms and areas to call their own. Once the kids leave the parental nest, it’s time for the couple to live out the rest of their lives in the family home. If it’s a huge, rambling one, it becomes a liability and an unnecessary waste of space.
The smarter and cheaper way to deal with this problem is to use clever design hacks to your advantage. This is where some adroit strategy, styling and creativity, organization, and canny placement can come to the rescue.
Let’s take a peek into interior designer secrets of how to decorate a small bedroom in a logical, step-by-step way:
- Analyze: The first and most important step is to firm upon the room’s dimensions. This gives you the basic information on what you have to work with. While measuring the room, take exact measurements of every part of the room, including the ceiling and the window and door placements. Once you have this information down on a piece of paper, use modern technology to map the room on your computer. This is where you can play around with Computer-Aided Design or available free apps to create realistic images of what your room can hold and where things can be placed.
- Identify the Light Sources: If your room has a natural light source, keep this as your guiding feature. It may be from doors, windows, skylights, or ventilators close to the ceiling. When you get this feature down, you can decide where the dark corners are and get your lighting plan in order. If there’s no natural light, change your existing wooden door to one with glass inserts or a full frosted-glass one. You can fake natural light with good quality full-spectrum light bulbs and semi-reflective paintwork on the walls.
- Select A Focal Point: Design your room around a single feature. In your bedroom, this is usually the bed. Ensure that it’s comfortable and durable. Keep it low-level and add storage. Other possible points could be the ceiling to draw the eye upwards or an artwork.
- Firm Up On Colors: In general, lighter tones offer a greater space and openness feeling. It’s a good plan to use different shades of the same colour throughout the room. Repeat them in your drapes, soft furnishings, paint, and accessories. You can also opt for a 3-Tone colour theme and experiment with different points where they can be used.
- Harmony in Texture: Use various textures to create interest and tactile quality in your room. Prefer natural fabrics such as jute, wood, brick, cotton, silk, etc. as they increase the feeling of warmth without making you feel agitated.
Once you have assembled the colours and materials, select the furniture. Ensure that you use lighter-toned materials and furniture with legs to increase the view of floor space. Avoid free-standing items that are tall, and use the wall area to mount shelves, lighting, and accessories. Select furniture that does double or triple duty and incorporates maximum storage.
- Begin with The Walls: Remember the ceiling is a fifth wall in the room. Finish painting the walls in the chosen hues and let the paint dry completely. If you have electrical work in the room, ensure that this is done before you begin painting. Make sure you begin the painting work on a sunny day and let the drying process finish completely before you do anything else. If you’re allergic to the smell of paint, it’s important to let fresh air in and ensure that all the smells are gone before you move in. Clear, light shades will make the room look larger. Use planks, striped wall-paper, or DIY stripes in a slightly different shade to create movement and enhance the space.
- Flooring: Make sure the flooring is fitted by a professional to avoid problems later. If you’re redoing the entire floor with new tiles, laminate, or parquet, allow a few extra days for the adhesives to do their work, and ensure that the room is odour-free before you work in it.
- Positioning: Look at your original analysis in Step 1, where you’ve decided on furniture positioning. Try out the original plan. If it doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to experiment. Install the lighting fixtures. Hang artwork, install the shelves, arrange the stuff you have collected for your bedroom and finally hang the drapes. Use mirrors cleverly for maximum effect. A strategically placed light mirror helps to bounce light around the room. Large-sized mirrors should be positioned across windows or other interesting features such as doors or artwork to give the feeling of space.
- Make the Bed: Make sure that your bed is always neatly made every time you leave the room. An unmade bed looks messy and adds to the feeling of clutter and claustrophobia. Keep the arrangement simple, avoid a headboard and bedside tables as much as possible. Keep the bed-making process simple and easy so that you will necessarily complete it before you leave the room.
- Maintenance: While it’s great fun to design, create, and decorate your dream small bedroom, pay attention to maintenance. Otherwise, it would be a wasted effort. De-clutter regularly, stow away your stuff when it’s not in use, and organize the room properly every morning so that you come home to a relaxing experience every night. Most importantly, if you’re purchasing anything new, throw away something old!