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Small bedrooms can be elegant

Arranging and decorating a small bedroom can be a challenge, but by using a peaceful palette, great lighting and simple-yet-smart storage solutions, you can meet the challenge with style and ease.

Here are some tips we’ve gathered to help you:

  • Use a peaceful palette such as soft greys or creams on the walls, floors, bedding, curtains and furnishings.  This is less jarring and gives the illusion of more space.

  • Use furnishing that sit above the floor.  For example a bed on legs, floating shelves, a dresser and bedside tables on legs.  The space underneath gives the illusion or a larger area as the eye is able to look further than the edge of the furniture piece.

  • Use smaller pieces such as dining chairs that don’t take up as much space.

  • Curtains soften a room and when used in the same palette and hung high give the illusion of a taller room without the jarring of a different colour.  They also have the added benefit of framing the window and in some cases making the window appear larger when draped either side just touching the frame but covering a large portion of the wall. Hint: ensure your drapes touch the floor.

  • In long narrow rooms where the bedhead is against the smaller wall, use the space at the end of the bed for a storage trunk or low chest of drawers that doubles as a bench seat, a desk or two chairs.

  • Create depth with mirrors.  Not only do they act like additional windows they can also give the allusion of additional depth.

  • Under bed storage.  Now days there are so many bed bases that come with storage you are spoilt for choice.  From the gas lift options when there’s not enough room to pull out drawers or when you need to maximise the storage space.  If you already have a bed with space underneath but need more storage, use baskets or storage boxes on wheels.

  • Lighting. Free up space on a bedside table (or if you don’t room for a bedside table) use wall scones or pendant lights. Also worth trying, especially if you don’t have the luxury of adding pendants or scones are floor lamps.  The bases if chosen well can tuck nicely under the bed and provide the necessary light.

  • Ensure your bed does not have a bed end.  This takes up visual and physical space.

  • Use the vertical spaces available.  For example take a leaf out of the Murphy beds book and frame your bed with shelves and storage.  Add thin floating shelves up a wall or above your bed head for additional shelf space for items such as books, clocks and photos.

Visit our Pinterest page for more ideas and pictures.

Sweet Dreams.


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