If you’re selling your home, you might be looking for a way to showcase your small bedrooms. Size isn’t always important, it is how bedrooms are presented that appeals to property buyers.
And if you’re buying a home, don’t discount an older style house that has small bedrooms, as they can be turned into quite cozy spaces.
Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate, often ending up as unloved, empty spaces with little personality or as a storage room. While a typical master bedroom is usually large enough to accommodate wardrobes and chests of drawers, if you’re trying to turn a second or third bedroom into a functioning space to sleep, you may find that it’s only big enough for a bed and not much else. Take advantage of every square centimetre with these do’s and don’ts.
Take Style Inspiration from Hotels
Guests hardly notice the small size of hotel rooms since they’re so carefully decorated. Copy some of their tricks: a padded bedhead, plush throws and multiple pillows will offer a similar scaled-down luxury at home. Try to slot in bedside tables, even if they’re just small shelves, for somewhere to set down a morning cup of tea and mobile phone.
Don’t choose Clunky Furniture
Sleek, smooth furniture will appear to take up less space. For example, a glossy finish wardrobe or a minimalist style bed frame will make it feel like the room is more spacious. Consider taking advantage of vertical space and using furniture that is tall, but not very large in depth. Most importantly, add mirrors or reflective decoration to create the illusion of a larger room.
Don’t use Dark Colours
Dark colours make rooms look smaller, while lighter ones make it look bigger. Use light colours on walls, and stick to one or two hues so things don’t look too busy. You don’t have to compromise on style – painted brickwork and a graphic rug will add industrial attitude. Wall lights are a great space-saving solution, but if they’re not an option, try reading lights that clip onto bedheads and use lighter fabrics as opposed to dark fabrics for beds and pillowcases.
Take Advantage of Built-in Storage
Built-in storage and multi-functional furniture can keep your small bedroom from looking crowded. A built-in unit around the bedhead makes great use of the limited space without impinging on other walls, keeping an open feel. A bookcase that doubles as a bedhead and a bedside table, or a bed frame with drawers underneath can save space.
Don’t Under Decorate
An under-decorated room can look dull and under-designed. Don’t be scared to accommodate some of the elements you might find in a larger room, including pictures, rugs and decorative lighting. The result is a ‘proper’ room – a cosy retreat to which you’ll enjoy escaping. IKEA and Target have exceptionally well priced soft furnishings and accessories to help you decorate a small bedroom. You don’t need to break the bank to decorate a room with cushions, small plant holders, trendy eye-catching prints for the walls and colourful accessories to give the room some personality.
Yes, this may sound left field you there is a lot of inspiration for small-space living found in houseboats! And Pinterest is the perfect platform to show you a lot of images of houseboats internally and quickly allow you to see ideas for internal small bedroom decorations.