Small Bedroom Design Ideas to Make your Space look Larger

Jun 23, 2016

Marlin Spring prides itself in its ability to imagine and innovate. If you are looking for inspiration on how to decorate your small bedroom we offer you these ingenious design tricks.

Arranging and decorating a small bedroom can be challenging but by using some simple design trickery you can make even the smallest of spaces appear luxuriously large.

Create boundaries

Great headboards can completely transform the look and feel of your bedroom. Choosing a headboard with shelving allows you to keep your bedroom more tidy by providing storage for books, as well as nighttime necessities, right in your headboard itself. Framing your bed with custom cubbies gives a mix of open and closed storage, letting you display what you want, while stashing the rest. Creative and savvy bedroom storage is functional, but a tidy aesthetic makes a room appear larger as well. By painting your headboard in a neutral colour you will achieve more depth – making the room look bigger, while keeping the shelving from appearing overwhelming.

Furnish to Scale

Downsizing your bed size can make a big impact on a room’s appearance. This may seem obvious, but ditch the king-size (or even queen) bed to save space. At first glance the sizes may not look too different, but a queen-size bed takes up about 33 square feet, while a full is about 28. Making the switch from queen to full will give you a few extra precious inches. As for furnishings, rather than squeezing in a bulky armchair in the corner, look for a smaller accent chair. Antiques shops are a great place to look for small-scale furniture, because the average room size was typically quite small until the last half century. If you find yourself trying to jam a nightstand into the corner, you can re-think the stand all together and install a floating shelf to increase bedside square footage.

Use Light Colours

It’s a well-known piece of design wisdom that light colours enhance the feeling of space, while darker hues tend to close in a room. Sure, a room painted a dark colour with dark furnishing can be rich and dreamy, however a lighter palette will typically work well in achieving a larger feel. A lighter palette works well because it will make the walls appear as if they are receding, creating a bright and airy look. Some colours to consider are whites, light blues, greens, light grays and neutrals. If you crave that pop of colour, add bright accents in a throw pillow, fresh flowers or paintings. Sheer drapes can also give an airy feel, while letting in light to make a smaller bedroom feel bright and inviting.

Create Depth With Mirrors

One of the most well-known and brilliant tricks is using mirrors to add that depth and dimension to a small bedroom. Due to their unique ability to act like additional windows, mirrors never fail to open up a space. Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group can add a lot of visual interest, while using one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more square footage. Create more light by placing a mirror next to or across from your bedroom’s window. The reflection maximizes the effect of natural light and pleasant outdoor views, allowing you to appreciate them from multiple angles. Another options is placing a mirror behind a light source such as behind a candle, a pendant light, or a bedside lamp, to maximize the light’s reach, while creating an almost magical effect.

Lighten It Up


The strategic use of lighting is another handy trick that will positively affect the feeling of your bedroom space. Particularly for the bedroom–where you spend a great deal of time–it’s essential to create an appealing atmosphere. The type of light–the colour, intensity, and placement–affects the feeling of space in the room. Bulbs give a warm, yellowish glow that make a room cozy. Halogen emits just a very bright white light, which helps to open up a small space. For the best results combine different types of light.

Ensure that you have lighting at floor, table and eye level to help limit shadows.  Ceiling lights alone cannot achieve the task, so softening up your overhead lighting is a must. That means hanging any pendant lamps as low as possible. Don’t forget to also maximize your natural light! Refrain from placing large plants or other obstacles such as vases in front of windows. Soft light coming from several different directions will blur the edges of your room and, in turn, make it feel larger–while creating the perfect bedroom ambience.  

You can make optimal use of the space when paying sufficient attention to minor design details. With a little help from the perfect palette, great lighting and some room-expanding tricks, you can maximize your square footage with style and ease.