6 Tricks to make your small bedroom look larger

Let’s face it; decorating a small bedroom to make it look more spacious is often frustrating and challenging. But honestly, it’s fun once you learn the creative decorating tricks that can create the illusion of space. Today I’m working with House Tipster to bring you some of the tricks of the trade that can make your small bedroom look larger, so read on to find out how… 

1 GO FOR LIGHTER COLOURS

Lighter colours create the effect of opening up a room as they reflect the light, making the room brighter and can even lead to a better night’s sleep. When painting your bedroom, introduce pastels or whispery-light shades of grey because they’ll work wonderfully to give you an illusion of space. Avoid warmer hues and stick to cool colours, such as shades of soft blue, lilac, and green for the most impact in your room. Of course, white is always a winner for making a space seem larger and that’s what I’ve gone for in my bedroom.   

2 CUT CLUTTER IN YOUR BEDROOM

De-cluttering is one of the easiest ways to make your small bedroom look more spacious and welcoming. All you basically need in your bedroom is a bed, one or two side tables, a lamp, and compact cupboard or wardrobe. Remove excessive items that don’t belong in your bedroom, such as unneeded pieces of furniture, computers, and washing baskets. Try to make your room as organised as possible by keeping clothes in the wardrobe, books on the shelf, and pennies in the piggy bank. 

3 INTRODUCE MIRRORS TO TRICK YOUR EYES

After rearranging your bedroom, you can also create an illusion of space by introducing a mirrored wall. This classic trick works every time, fooling your eyes into thinking that your bedroom is more spacious as it visually doubles the space, making it larger than it actually is. Mirrored wardrobe doors are great for this. Or, if you can’t install an entire mirrored wall, another great trick to get the most out of this is to place two mirrors on opposite walls so that they face each other, creating a window-like effect.      

4 WALL-MOUNT ITEMS TO MAXIMISE FLOOR SPACE

Wall mounting items such as lights, lamps, hooks, shelves and bedside tables is another great way to give your limited space a more spacious feeling. The more of the floor that you can see, the better, as it tricks your eye into thinking you’ve got excess space. However, make sure that the items on wall-mounted shelves and bedside tables is organised and colour-coded if possible to maintain a clutter-free look. Why not install lamps on the wall rather than using a bedside table? This will also will help draw the eye upward, giving your bedroom an open, airy look.

5 DON’T GO CRAZY WITH THE ARTWORK

While art is an excellent addition to any room, you don’t want to overload your small room with too many pieces. It can make your bedroom feel cluttered and busy, so it’s best to stick to a few favourite pieces of artwork or opt for one large piece. This not only helps to create a strong central focal point in your room but also keeps the wall space looking minimal.

6 USE LONG CURTAINS

If you don’t have floor to ceiling windows, try mounting your curtains above your window frame to create an illusion of this. The colour of your curtains matters, and I’d recommend that you stay away from dark tones. Instead, make use of sheer white or pink drapes and ensure that they don’t hit the floor. The horizontal effect the high voiles create helps draw the eyes upwards, making the ceiling look taller.

I hope these 6 tricks will help you to make the most of the room you have and create the illusion of space in your bedroom. Thanks to House Tipster for sponsoring my blog post today and for providing such helpful advice on making your home look more spacious. Let me know what you’ve done in your own home to make it look bigger in the comments below – I’d love to hear your tips.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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