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Decorating the Diminutive Bedroom with Massive Style:

Interior Decorating Focusing on Furniture Size, Efficient Storage Space, and Window Treatments

© 2010 by Jessica Ackerman; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

A luxurious bedroom with brown walls

Even if your bedroom is small, you can decorate it with plenty of design and style. In fact, often a small bedroom can have a stylish coziness to it that can be more difficult to achieve with a larger bedroom. It just takes a little planning to pull it off properly.

Make the Most of Your Floor Space

If you don’t have a lot of floor space in your bedroom, you need to find ways to maximize the space you have. One way of doing this is to select modestly sized pieces of furniture, to not only make the room seem bigger, but to get better use out of the space.

If possible, use a queen or double size bed instead of a king size bed. But, don’t make the mistake of using numerous pieces of small furniture when one medium sized piece will do.

The room will look larger if you reduce the number of furniture pieces within the room. You might be able to do without a large vanity and mirror, simply by using a full-length mirror on the back of the closet door.

Plus, instead of using a floor lamp, or even bedside table lamps, stylish wall lighting can look great while saving space. A minimalist approach to furnishings often has the most striking effect in a smaller bedroom.

Make the Most of Your Storage Space

Storage space is often an issue in smaller bedrooms. Try to find ways to maximize storage whenever possible, such as using furniture items that can do double-duty. Beds that provide storage drawers underneath are a great solution for small bedrooms.

If you don’t have a bed with storage drawers, plastic storage bins designed for under the bed can be used. Invest in a good closet organization system, and keep everything as neat and tidy as possible.

Minimize on the number of accessories and decorations that are used in the room as well, since this will help make the room appear more spacious, and reduce visual clutter.

A tall bookcase can often be used effectively in a small bedroom, since it occupies a small footprint of floor space, but provides shelves that can be used with decorative baskets and boxes which can keep small items organized and out of sight. Wall shelves are also handy to use in a small bedroom.

Let the Light Shine In

When designing the window treatments for a small bedroom, keep in mind that simpler is usually better. Light window treatments, such as sheer window toppers combined with mini-blinds, can offer a lot of flexibility for the smaller bedroom, without being overpowering.

The room will look more spacious and airy with good lighting.

Color and Design Tips

Small rooms usually benefit from lighter colors overall, and if you use patterns or prints, keep them small so you don’t overpower the room. However, you can definitely use colors other than white and off-whites.

Sticking to a monochromatic palette is often a good approach. Go for one focal point within the room, such as a striking piece of wall art. This will add a dramatic and stylish effect to the small bedroom, without cluttering it with smaller decorating items.

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Jessica Ackerman writes for where she provides detailed instructions for decorating with wall hanging candle holders and metal fish wall hanging.

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