How to design and decorate a small bedroom

In this feature we look at how to design and decorate a small bedroom, whether a master bedroom or guest bedroom.


Not every home has the luxury of a large master bedroom, and in a more modern home, some bedrooms are soo small that even fitting a bed into the space can be a design dilemma. In this feature we look at how to design and decorate a small bedroom, whether a master bedroom or guest bedroom. 

If a king-size bed is a must, squeezing a large bed into a small bedroom means that you have to look at how the space can accommodate not only the bed, but bedside tables as well.



Designers have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to try and visually enlarge a small space. In this master bedroom, careful consideration was given to placing the bed and adding curtains with a striped panel at the top.

Not only does this type of window treatment draw the eye up and make the ceiling appear higher, the striped panel also fools the eye into thinking that the room is wider than it is.





Another designer trick for making a small bedroom feel less claustrophobic is to use a monochromatic or neutral scheme. This means that the colours used are taken from the same colour swatch. You can pop onto the Plascon website and use their Inspired Colour System to choose your colour scheme, which also allows you to select Monochromatic, Adjacent. and Complementary colour options.



Decorating a small master bedroom doesn't mean that you have to compromise on style. In fact, adding elements such as a gorgeous headboard is an easy and affordable way to make the bed an eye-catching feature, so that less attention is given to the size of the room and more to the look of the room.



Decorated in light neutral colours, in this master bedroom an accent of deep lime has been incorporated to add a splash of colour. Colour doesn't have to be totally absent in a small bedroom, but it should be limited to no more than two colours if you want a calm and serene atmosphere. Too much colour in a small room overpowers the senses.








Where there is little space for free-standing furniture, especially an essential dressing table, look at ways to design your own built-in units. This practical dressing table or vanity unit offers plenty of storage yet takes up very little floor space. Wall-mounted mirrors reflect and bounce light around the room and add to the optical illusion of more space.



Making use of the space above and beside the bed is yet another way of incorporating storage without cramping up what little floor space there may be. Bedside storage cabinets can be designed to have a pull-out shelf to serve as a bedside table, or lighting can be mounted onto the inside of each cabinet.


Make use of reflective finishes in a small bedroom. Mirror doors on closet doors reflect and bounce light around the room and can make any room feel twice the size. On furniture, silver leaf or mirrored finish make furniture almost invisible, which works to your benefit in a teensy-weensie bedroom.