The Basics of Small Spaces
Small spaces happen, but they don’t have to be uncomfortable. Some of our favorite areas are these cozy and intimate little rooms in the house. Here is a list of design tricks for small bedrooms to help you maximize the quality and utility of your most personal space.
1. Layer With Mirrors in Small Bedrooms
Mirrors can be used in several ways to add depth or create a dimensional interest to a small bedroom. Using a large mirror can make the room feel larger while placing accent mirrors can lighten up the wall and increase its intimate character.
2. Illuminate Small Bedrooms
Dark spaces feel smaller, but direct lighting can be harsh. The last thing you want is an exposed light source in your filed of view. Soft lighting can really open up a small bedroom. Use several indirect light sources evenly throughout the room. Soften the direct lighting from the ceiling by lowering the bulb wattage or adding a diffuser. With just a little mindfulness to the illumination strategy, you can easily create a relaxing and open feeling atmosphere.
3. Optimize Your Use Of Space in Small Bedrooms
Take advantage of the limited space you have. Storage space is essential! Nothing emphasizes a lack of space than the presence of clutter. Make good use of the area under your bed with built-in or slide-under storage units. Additionally, you can use furniture for dual purpose. An example of this is small desk next to the bed that can serve as a large nightstand and a work space.
4. Limit Contrast in Small Bedrooms
A restricted palette can give the illusion of a larger space. Staying within the same hues on architectural surfaces and furnishing will reduce the presence of the objects in the small bedroom. Once the visual boundaries between the furnishing and the room are blurred, the space will feel less populated and larger in scale. You can always include a few moments of color or contrast at a smaller scale to add personality that doesn’t compromise the enlarging effect.