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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger

How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger
Sure, a small bedroom can be cozy — but it can also can be somewhat of a challenge to decorate. Here are some ways to make it appear larger:

Save Space

Think about the headboard. It will help if it’s completely against the wall, with no gaps in between; you could also have a “floating” headboard that’s attached to the wall. It also helps to “build” around the headboard, whether it’s having built-ins, curtains, or something else. If your room is particularly small, consider painting a mock headboard on the wall to give the appearance of that giant headboard that you just can’t fit. If painting isn’t your thing, no worries — there are a variety of headboard wall decals out there, and putting them on is as easy as placing a sticker.

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It’s not just the headboard that can be down-sized. Use furniture and decorations that save space. Furniture with rounded edges is beneficial for giving a small bedroom more space. Instead of a floor lamp, hang a pendant light to save space, and also to emphasize the height of the room. Reducing the number of solid wood furniture pieces in the room will also help give the space a lighter feel.

Saving space isn’t just about cutting down on the size of otherwise-bulky furniture: consider your storage options. Think about furniture besides the bed. Can you make anything multi-purpose? A desk may double as a vanity, a bookshelf can easily double as clothing storage with the use of a few cloth storage cubes, and space under the bed can be used for drawers. Try and think outside the box (pardon the pun) about spaces you can fit storage solutions.

Don’t forget about your walls! With a little creativity (and some pegboard), any wall can become prime storage real estate. Additionally, carefully placed mirrors can help visually create more space. By moving things off the floor and onto the walls, you can give yourself more room to move. Just make sure you don’t overload the walls, or you’ll end up feeling more cluttered than when you started!

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Capitalize on Color

Color is one of the easiest way to trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger. Make sure you don’t paint the room too dark — this can create a boxed-in feel. Stick with lighter colors instead. You could also include a feature wall, painted one color or pattern that pops, while the rest of the walls remain a neutral tone, like a warm white or pale gray. Do some research on color profiles to make sure your bedroom has exactly the feel you’re looking for.

It’s not just the wall color that matters — choose the fabrics in you bedroom wisely. For your window treatment, you may want to opt out of  heavy, dark-colored curtains, and pick some airy white ones instead. Whatever you choose, make sure they are the right length for your window and the room.

Make sure all of your colors work together; small rooms need a similar color palette throughout. Make sure to match fabrics, colors, and patterns used in the room, such as on the walls, headboard, and bedding. This will create a visual continuity for a better “flow” in the room.

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Accept the Room

At the end of the day, you’ll just have to accept that you have a small bedroom, and that this isn’t a bad thing! Emphasize the coziness that it provides. Include plush throw pillows, soft blankets, and candles. This will create a different focus in the room, rather than just its size. Give the room a break and cut the clutter — extraneous knick-knack collections, piled-up clothes, etc. — so that your room has a more open feel. By embracing its size and following these tips, you’ll have your bedroom ready to relax in no time.

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