Create a Focal Point
Every room needs a focal point, an eye-catching spot that establishes a hierarchy so you don't see just a jumble. Many times, the focal point is the head of the bed, which you can amplify with an arrangement of bold pillows. In a small space, your eye might also be attracted to the window. Rather than let these two strong elements compete for attention, place the bed in front of the window to meld cohesively. Or, dress one element -- the bed or the window -- neutrally, so it recedes and the other can take center stage.
Keep Things Open
It might be tempting to buy the biggest bed possible to feather a luxurious nest. But doing this in a small space tends to cause a more cramped feel. Instead, choose a bed with small stature that won't choke the room, such as an iron bed with a see-through headboard and footboard. Or pick a bed with no footboard at all, such as a platform or storage bed. Doing so will keep the middle of your room open, making it feel larger.
Go for It
There are two ways to treat a small bedroom: You can make it dark and cozy with saturated berry reds or chocolate browns. Or, you can boost daylight with barely dressed windows and a light-bouncing color on the wall, such as cloud white or sunshine yellow. Either way, don't take a weak approach. You can be bold in a small space without risking too much money or effort.
Sneak In Storage
In tight confines, every square inch is potential storage. Sure, you can stash sweater boxes under the bed, but if you boost the bed frame on blocks and add a voluminous skirt, you can hide a set of luggage under there. Place a storage ottoman under the window to hold extra bedding. Use a chest as a bedside table to gain drawer space. Make the most of your closet with an organizer system. And look for wall space where you can hang a bookshelf.
Look for ways to make your small bedroom special. Decorate with punchy fabrics and expressive patterns. Choose interesting lighting, such as a charming chandelier or sculptural table lamps. Make a statement with an unusual headboard: Pick one that is extra tall, brightly upholstered, or curvy. And use artwork to show off your personality. It doesn't have to be pricey -- framed snapshots will do. Remember, this is the most personal space in your home, so decorate with what makes you happy.
Organize a Bedroom Closet
I'm Jill Waage with Better Homes and Gardens. At first glance, all bedroom closets may appear to be created equal, but like many things in life, it's what's on the inside that really counts. We've outfitted 1 basic closet to meet the needs of 2 on-the-go individuals. Instead of 2 hanging bars to organize his wardrobe of shirts and pants, we started with 1 bar, and then rolled in a versatile trouser trolley for his slacks, khakis, and jeans. Neckties hang from the wire insert. Folded sweaters stay fresh by placing them in top of a specially-sized sueder palette. Again, this drawer is hooked on to vertical braces just like hanging bars or shelves. And with the addition of inexpensive canvas bins, these drawers are ideal for organizing folded garments like t-shirts, underwear, socks, and accessories. A low-angled shelf makes it easy to pick out the right pair of shoes, while acrylic boxes protects favorite footwear. Just press down on the tab to open. First side of the closet also features wall-mounted drawers for folded garments. Using solid-framed drawers means she could have a small vanity area. It's perfect for trying on jewelry and other finishing touches. In addition to more cubbies to put all of her footwear, her side also includes acrylic shoe boxes, but these are sized for her shoes, and even include a special slot for extra high heels. And rather than sacrificing limited space inside the closet to long-hanging garments, an over-the-door rack holds her favorite dresses and long coats. 2 people sharing 1 small space requires clever strategies to keep both parties happy. In this closet, vertical dividers keep garments organized by types and by person. To gather laundry for 2 people, place a hamper in an accessible spot. This door-mounted canvas bin is a great way to squeeze in a hamper when floor space is limited. Make the most of upper shelves in a shared closet by labeling the bottoms of the containers so they are easier to read, and by including a step stool so everyone can easily get purses, extra beddings, or off-season clothing. Sharing a closet requires some creativity, but with a little planning and some great storage add-ons, you can transform an ordinary closet into a smart storage space for 2. For Better Homes and Gardens, I'm Jill Waage.