Ideas for Decorating a Small Bedroom

by Jan Kennemer 07/10/2022

Sometimes decorating a small space can feel just as daunting as decorating a large one. For those with small bedrooms, it can be especially difficult to find a balance between decoration and maximizing available space. Luckily, there are some ways you can make a small bedroom feel bigger while adding style at the same time. Here are some tips for decorating small bedrooms:

Lose the Headboard

You might be surprised how much space even a simple bed frame can take up. If your bed has a headboard, there might be entire extra feet of space being wasted. If you’re wanting a way to make the room feel bigger and also give your bed a fresh look, opt for a low-profile bed frame with no headboard or footboard. Low platform beds are perfect for this idea and sometimes award the opportunity for hidden storage beneath. With the headboard out of the picture you’ll have more room to maneuver around the bed as well as free wall space for art and other decor. If the wall feels too bare, try hanging a rug or macrame tapestry for a cozy feel.

Choose Multi-Functional Accents

When you’re working with a small amount of space, it’s crucial that every piece serves a purpose—or more than one. This is where furnishings and features like storage seating, wall shelving and hidden drawers come into play. If you have the opportunity for extra storage in any piece of furniture, take full advantage of it to save space. If you want a bench at the foot of the bed, opt for a storage chest and top it with a comfy throw blanket. Vanities with built-in shelves and drawers for small personal items will help you avoid surface clutter and adding floating shelves and wall hooks for storage and display will keep the entire room feeling open and relaxing.

Stay Subtle With Patterns

While bedroom decor is a perfect way to express your personal style, you can easily overwhelm a small bedroom with too much pattern. Mixed patterns or an abundance of bold, graphic prints can make the room appear smaller by cluttering the view. If you love a specific fabric print or motif, use it for accents instead of the foundation. Choosing the same color palette as your favorite patterned pillow cases or throws will make the decor cohesive and give you an opportunity to experiment with vibrant colors. Patterns and prints can be excellent additions to any room’s decor, but be wary of making your small bedroom feel too busy.

There are many ways to make small rooms appear larger and these are just a few ideas to use in decorating a bedroom. As long as you pay attention to furniture scale you will avoid any major space issues. However, little tricks like swapping the headboard for wall art or opting for furniture with hidden storage will maximize the space and give you more options to let your creativity flourish in other aspects of decorating.

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.