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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom

To turn your snug bedroom into a dreamy retreat, use these sophisticated small bedroom ideas and decorating techniques and clever storage.

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.

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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.

Seize Opportunities in a Small Bedroom

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.

More Bedroom Inspiration

Embrace natural light, which will help the room feel light and airy. Layer drapes and light-blocking shades for style and optimal light control. Watch the video below to see more details from this small bedroom. 

Small Bedroom Ideas in Action

Hang window treatments closer to the ceiling to make the room feel taller.

Another way to combat lower ceilings? Use light, crisp colors.

Be smart about storage. Employ a nighstand with drawers and shelves and install a floating shelf above for extra storage.

Go for furniture with rounded edges. It will take up less floor space and help widen walkways.

Add one piece of drama. In this small bedroom, a suzani patterend tapestry serves as an eye-catching headboard.

In a small bedroom, you may need to defy convention when it comes to furniture layouts. In this room, the bed slightly overlaps the two windows, but the placement provides ample walkways.


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