It’s no secret that small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate. But have you noticed when a room is well styled, you tend to forget about the size? These simple and stylish ideas to make a small bedroom look bigger will help you make the most of your visual space in even the closest quarters.
This list of small space hacks are easy to incorporate, and are sure to make any small bedroom feel more open and airy. Try combining a couple of these tips, to turn your tiny bedroom into a retreat you’ll never want to leave!
#1 – Hang Your Curtains High
When hanging curtains, the closer to the ceiling- the better. Hanging them well above the window frame will draw the eye up, and make a cramped room feel more spacious.
Always make sure you measure for the right size curtain to fit the space. Curtains measuring 108 inches or 120 inches are some of the longest you can buy, or you can always DIY long curtains for custom sizes.
Patterned curtains can make a room look busy, so opt for a single shade in a light colored. This will help a small bedroom feel even more bright and airy!
#2 – Use Light Colored Bedding In Small Bedrooms
I’m obsessed with a gorgeous patterned bedding as much as the next gal, but in tiny bedroom- they just don’t work. Instead choose a light colored bedding that blends in with the rest of the room.
Light colored bedding always looks elegant, and helps the space feel more open in airy. Plus, you can always add a splash of color with some pretty pillows or a throw.
#3 – Define Small Spaces With Rugs
Rugs work wonders in smaller rooms. Placing an oversized rug in a small bedroom helps draw attention to the full length of the space, and feel more open,
If you don’t have space for a giant rug- no worries! You can also push a smaller rug slightly under furniture. Try keeping the front legs of your sofa, chair, or bed, and leave the back legs off it. The rug works to connects the pieces together and creates a nice sense of proportion in a small bedroom.
#4 – Beds With Storage Drawers
Having furniture that works double duty, can help you save space in any tiny room.
I’m obsessed with my storage bed, because it’s perfect for storing extra bedding, throw pillows, and clothes. It cuts down on clutter while keeping the items easily accessible.
There are some beautiful options out there for storage beds, or if you love your current bed, you can always DIY under the bed storage.
#5 – Add Light With Large Mirrors
Light is key to making a small space feel more open and airy. Large mirrors help you make the most of your natural light, and they look phenomenal in bedrooms.
Try placing an oversized mirror on the darkest wall of your room, or hang a a pair of mirrors behind your nightstands for a lovely symmetrical vibe.
#6 – Save Small Space with Sconces
In a small bedroom, every inch of real estate in valuable. Using wall sconces instead of lamps, helps you make the most of your availible surfaces.
Plus without a lamp on your bedside table, you have more space for evening reads, and pretty accessories.
#7 – Low Profile Nightstands
When it comes to small spaces, it’s no surprise that the more open looking the better. That’s why nightstands with open shelves, and acrylic bedside tables are a great choice for small bedrooms.
Nightstands with light colors, mirrored finished, and floating end tables are also great low profile picks for a tiny bedroom. Style them sparingly with bedtime essentials and you’ll have a space the feels instantly bigger.
#8 – Declutter A Small Bedroom With Trays
Accessories can help spruce up a small room, but placing them on a decorative tray keeps them from looking like clutter. Try using a glass tray for arranging anything from candles, to perfumes, and flowers.
Using trays lets you show off your favorite items, while making a small bedroom look neat and tidy. Decluttering your bedroom is one of the smartest ways to make it look bigger, but don’t worry- you don’t have to go full Marie Kondo to make a big impact!
#9 – Large Scale Art
Bigger art helps expand the visual feeling of the space, and make sure that the size of the room isn’t what you notice.
Try using large artworks that compliment the wall color of the space, or multiple frames in the same cohesive color to help a small bedroom feel more open.
#10 – Transparent Furniture
Acrylic furniture helps make small spaces feel more open, and these nightstands can work double duty as a vanity table. When space is tight, it’s always a major plus to have furniture that serves multiple purposes.
The acrylic trend isn’t dying down anytime soon, so look for an chic chair, or lucite table for your tiny bedroom. And if you’ve got a low bed, an acrylic coffee table will works wonders to maximize your visual space.
#11 – Attention Grabbing Lighting
A showpiece lighting fixture is a sure fire way to draw the eye up in a small bedroom.
Try an elegant chandelier, or sculptural fixture for some fun visual texture that will maximize the feeling of space in a petite bedroom.
And there you have it! Small bedroom decorating ideas that will help you turn your tiny space into your favorite room in the house.
Try a few of these ways to make your small bedroom look bigger, or apply some of these tips to other small rooms in your home!
Tell me, have you tried some of these techniques to make a small space feel more open? The curtain trick has always been one of my favorites!
Thanks for reading, and for more bedroom decorating ideas, check out this guide on easy ways to decorate a french country bedroom.
I simply love all of these ideas and will certainly try some if not most. The beautiful touch to this article, was the gem of the available sources to find these items.
Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your kind words! These tips have always really helped me over the years, and so glad you liked them too! Thanks for reading!
Hi Taylor, I tried the first 5 and they difinatly worked, thanks so much for your expert advice.
Hi Annette! So glad that these tips helped you out! My pleasure, and thanks for reading!
Beautiful bedrooms with lots of ideas – thank you.
Hi Chrissie, thanks so much for reading and hope these ideas help you create a bedroom that you love!
Excellent ideas.I will certainly keep them in mind when decorating my own small bedroom. Thank you for sharing your amazing tips .
Thanks so much for reading and so glad that you found these tips helpful!
I’ve purchased a home with smaller bedrooms and am looking forward to using your ideas in them. I appreciate the details of each idea! Thank you for the inspiration!
Hi Kathy! So glad you found these tips helpful, and hope you have fun decorating! Thanks for reading!
Bethany Villere says
How do you make a beautiful bedroom in a room that is 7X14 and the bed must go on the 7 foot length (for the ocean view)
Hi Bethany! That is a great questions! I would keep all the furniture low profile, and make sure the window treatments are placed very wide and high! This will really help enhance that amazing view!
Very nice! I didn’t know where to start before but now my head is bubblong with ideas! Thanks so much for your guidance.
Thanks so much, Grace! So glad you found it helpful and hope you have fun decorating!
Iris MacLachlan says
Thank you for re inspiring me, I love the idea of the oversized mirror on the darkest wall and over sized art. Also the wall sconces! I’d used these in another bedroom and just didn’t think about using them in this room so you’ve provided lots of food for thought! Big thank you!
Hi Iris! So glad you found these suggestions helpful, they have really helped me over the years! Thanks for reading!
Finally someone who writes an article that has great taste! I love the colors, Furniture suggestions and especially the use of oversized art! I live in a mobile home for the time being so it’s been a little depressing trying to decorate but now I actually look forward to implementing the ideas in this article. Thank you!
Hi Kae! So glad you enjoyed and thank you so much for your kind words!
Patricia Blancaflor says
I love the ideas. Will try some of them.
So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!
Just happened to come across your site in Pinterest. I love your ideas and appreciate you sharing them. They are so inspirational and have given me something to think about when we do our bedroom (which is an odd shape) and a bit on the small side but it has given me some great ideas for our bedroom.
We have some stores here in Australia like Potterybarn, West Elm that might have similar items.
Hi Christine! I’m so happy to hear these ideas helped you! Hope you have fun decorating and making your cozy space into a place you love to hang out!
We are building a new home. The bedroom in the basement is small and never thought of large art. I have a beautiful large picture, with your ideas now i know the perfect spot…thank you much.
Hi Melanie! So glad you enjoyed! Thanks so much for reading!
Michelle Murray says
Excellent and informative! I’m obsessed with the grey shams and coverlet on the white metal framed bed shown in #6 Save Small Space with Sconces. Are you willing to share your source information?
Hi Michelle! I believe they are from Pottery Barn, and the original source can be found in the post. Hope it helps!