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6 Tricks to Make a Small Bedroom Appear Larger

by Dale Dauterive

1. Use multi-functional furniture

After you’ve given your space the full Marie Kondo treatment, spring for some versatile furniture pieces that function as undercover storage bins. In the spirit of decluttering, hidden storage helps stow away accessories and knickknacks that would otherwise be colonizing your desk and dresser surfaces, taking up your closet and overflowing your shelves. 

As you might guess, the first step to making your room appear larger is making it look tidy to promote an open-space look. Multi-functional pieces like flip-top storage benches, ottomans and hidden-compartment bookcases are guaranteed to spark joy.

2. Keep it light!

For a lighter heart and peace of mind, we suggest soft, non-dramatic colors for your walls and bedsheets. As a bonus, you’d bring added depth to your private chambers! The rationale is this: lighter colors reflect the natural light emitted through your windows, making the room appear brighter and roomier. In contrast, darker colors absorb light and make your space feel constricted.

3. Buy exposed-leg furniture

Opting for a bed frame with exposed legs allows you to create the illusion of space with the gap between the bottom of your bed and the floor, so we’d skip the bed skirt. The same rule applies to exposed-leg dressers and nightstands! Just remember to keep the area below your furniture clean to avoid shattering the illusion. 

4. Prop up a mirror!

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most spacious of them all?”  your bedroom, probably.

Since mirrors bounce natural light from windows, they can engulf any room in a bright glow, making your space appear as if it has more square footage.  We suggest setting up a full-length floor mirror against the wall opposite your bedroom window for a benign funhouse effect that won’t make you want to tear your hair out.

5. Install built-in shelving

This tip calls for more effort, as there is some heavy lifting and potential construction involved. Building shelving around your bed is a way to optimize your space while also minimizing the need for other furniture pieces, like a nightstand or a bookcase. With less furniture resting up against your walls, your room will look less cluttered and evoke a breath of fresh air.

6. Opt for larger statement pieces

Make a splash in your room by decorating with larger decor pieces that can help emphasize empty space. A décor principle among interior designers, “the Cantaloupe rule,”  postulates that home decorations shouldn’t be smaller than a cantaloupe. This operates on the belief that anything smaller is perceived as clutter.

Bold wall art helps create a focal point in your room, granting it depth and structure by drawing eyes to one place. By the same token, we suggest opting for art that is color-coordinated with your bedding, as color-coding provides a sense of unity.

 

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