Redesign for the Perfect Small Bedroom
It might be the room where you spend the most time, but it's also the room where some people tend to spend the least money on comfort and luxury.
With the amount of time that you spend in the room, your bedroom should be the one place in a home where you love to kick back and relax - a space you enjoy and one that offers you comfort and convenience. The perfect bedroom should almost be a version of a boutique hotel bedroom, where all your 'needs' and more than a few 'wants' are catered for. So for those looking to redesign their small bedroom and make this space a priority, we offer a few tips that will assist you in redesigning the space no matter whether your budget is small or you want to splurge and go all out for a change.
1. Give it a new look
Let's look at one of the ways to redesign a bedroom without spending a cent, and that's simply by changing the current layout of furniture in the room. Before you go ahead and do this, make sure to take everything out of the room. Emptying the room is a great way to sort through what is in there and whether or not it needs to be - a decluttering process that will clear the room of unwarranted items and immediately give you more space to move around.
While some bedrooms may not allow for this option, moving the bed around will make a huge difference in giving any bedroom a new look.
Placing the bed in front of a window used to be considered a no-no, but nowadays anything goes and why not make use of a space that is normally not used. I like the fact that you can use window treatments to frame the bed and make it even more of a feature - even in a small bedroom. Having said that, if your bed looks good in front of the window, replace any shabby curtains with a new set of curtains, or add a Roman blinds or Venetian blind to finish off the look.
If there is a small window in the bedroom, curtains might look odd and in this situation, you could consider decorative blinds or window shutters to offer privacy.
2. Give the illusion of space
In many small bedrooms, there is just no getting away from the fact that it is, well... small. If this is the case with your bedroom then you need to use a few illusions or an interior decorator's magic tricks to make the room appear larger than it is. This is where mirrors come into play and can be used to lighten up a dark bedroom or visually enlarge the space.
Placing a mirror opposite a window bounces light around the room and will instantly lift a dark bedroom - and the bigger the mirror - the better. We're not talking about mirrors on the ceiling here guys, but a single mirror strategically placed on the wall will fool the eye into thinking the room is larger than it is. If you don't fancy the idea of mirrors on walls, or your landlord won't allow you to even hammer in a single nail, make a frame for a floor-mounted mirror, or buy one that is ready-made.
Ready-made mirrors, especially large ones, can be expensive. If you have a bit of DIY savvy, grab some PAR pine at your local Builders or hardware store and have a mirror cut to the size you require and then frame this to match your bedroom decor.
3. Keep the colour scheme simple
In a small bedroom, it's easier to keep the colour palette as simple as possible with neutral hues and add a splash of colour with accessories. Just as clutter can make a room feel smaller, so does too many colours. A room filled with muted colours and one of two accent colours will soothe and calm down the setting, which is exactly as it should be in the bedroom.
A light or neutral colour palette can sometimes feel a bit cold and sterile, but you can easily add warmth with a few wood accents and a houseplant or two.
4. Consider proportion
Too often, people tend to overlook the small size of a bedroom and purchase furniture that is far too large for the space. While there's nothing wrong with wanting a king-size bedroom - is there enough space for it? Will there be any room left over for a bedside table or two? Will there be other furniture in the bedroom? This is where proportion needs to be considered; large furniture may take up more space than you have.
Sometimes you need to be honest with yourself and admit that you might 'want' a large bed but there just isn't enough space, especially if you still need to find room for other furniture as well. Before putting any furniture in the room, take measurements of the room and draw up a basic floor plan. That will allow you to factor in bed size and available space for other furniture pieces that you might want. Don't rush out to buy furniture before you are one hundred per cent sure it will fit and you still have room to move around.