Remember when I did that “working with what you have” series a while back? I thought it might be fun to revisit it and noticed that several readers had requested advice for working with a small bedroom.
Some of my very favorite rooms are small in size but are decorated “big.” Instead of going along with the scale of the room, it’s ignored in exchange for a bold idea, piece of furniture or paint color. While I’m not here to offer small space storage solutions (I’ll leave that to the experts), here are a few ways to make a big statement in a small space:
Think tall when it comes to your headboard. Even if your room isn’t big enough for a bed with a footboard, you can create the illusion of tall ceilings by using a taller backdrop for your bed. (Fabric-wrapped panels like these are easy and inexpensive to DIY and can be made as tall as you like.)
Another option: save even more space by hanging a curtain rod above your bed and using a pretty, patterned blanket for a headboard.
Put your color on the ceilings. For an extra-small room that might be overwhelmed and feel closed-in by color on the walls, paint them white and save the color for the ceiling instead.
Think beyond your wall space. Bring your furniture arrangement out by layering it (i.e., a seating area or desk at the foot of the bed). Beds in front of windows can also work well. More examples of that here.
Hang a statement light over the bed. No room for a big chandelier in the middle of the room? Opt for a fun pendant or smaller-scale chandelier to hang over the headboard.
And, speaking of lighting, give up the table lamps. Free up space on your bedside table by using wall lamps instead. If you don’t want to commit to something that has to be hardwired, there are lots of great plug-in options. I’ve used these swing arm lamps in our house and ordered the cord covers to go with them.
Built-in storage around the bed might be a smart option. Bookcases around (and/or behind) the bed are a great way to maximize your storage and display in a small room. (And, of course, there are also a lot of good online tutorials floating around for how to take premade bookshelves and add trim to give them a custom built-in look while cutting some of the cost.)
I hate that I’m not able to give individual design advice via email, but if something has you stumped around your house, leave it in the comments, and I’ll try to tackle a few that may be helpful to many. You can read more of my “working with what you have” posts here.