It’s the million-dollar question posed a thousand times a day by so many homeowners – is it really possible to transform even the tiniest of bedrooms into a gorgeous living space that’s as practical as it is beautiful? As hard as it may be to believe, the answer is in fact ‘yes’ as with a little thought and the help of a few expert tips, you might just be surprised what is possible with even the smallest of living spaces.
So if you’ve been thinking about giving your own home’s interior a makeover and would like to add perceived space and glamour to a smaller bedroom, here’s an overview of some of the most effective tips and tricks sourced from the country’s leading experts:
Light, Bright and Bold
Chances are that the first tip you’ll come across in pretty much any decent guide on the subject will be that of keeping the room as light and bright as possible colour-wise. And indeed this is undoubtedly the oldest and most effective trick in the book – light colours are great for making rooms feel bigger. The reason being that lighter coloured walls, ceilings and furniture reflect the light within the room rather than absorbing it. As such, feel free to go as bold as possible with the colours you choose showing preference to brighter tones.
Curtains and window dressings certainly have the potential to make a room look more attractive, but at the same time do tend to take away at least a little of the spaciousness. This is something that can be reversed with the installation of a shutters or blinds, which fit to the window much more closely and thus take a little to no additional room. Shutters can also be brilliantly decorative touches in their own right and can be picked up in a world of colours to suit any interior décor theme.
It’s often overlooked, but just as the addition of light to a room that makes the place feel more spacious, shadows and darkness do the exact opposite. According to the experts at The Light Yard, so many homeowners go to extreme lengths to improve the appearance and indeed the lighting of the smaller rooms though completely miss the mark when it comes to shadows. In a room that feels in any way cramped, cluttered or claustrophobic, one of the most effective and immediate changes that can be made is that of adding further sources of light – lamps etc. – in order to get rid of as many shadows and dark spots as possible.
Use Task Lighting
Along the same lines, you might want to think about incorporating task lighting into the small room which not only serves a practical purpose but is also something of a focal featurein its own right. Strategically placed task lighting can serve a multitude of purposes and has the potential to really open up the look and feel of even the smallest room.
Try to remember that even if there isn’t a great deal of floor space available, chances are there’s plenty of potential in those walls. These days, cupboards and chests of drawers aren’t only available in the usual three to four-feet-tall guises – you can get hold of strategically designed furniture that makes the very best use of vertical space while taking up as little floor space as possible. You might also want to think about installing permanent shelves to add further storage space to the room, but be careful not to cross the line into cluttering.
Another great idea for adding form and function to a smaller bedroom is to think about convertible furniture – as in the kind of furniture that serves more than one purpose. Perhaps the single best example of this would be something of a foldaway bed or futon, which can be used for sitting during the day and sleeping at night. There are also plenty of clever storage solutions wherein a desk can double up as a chest of drawers, a bench as a laundry hamper and so on.
Last but not least, one of the most important rules of all to follow when it comes to making the most of your smaller bedrooms is to keep it as simple as possible. It’s the same rule that applies to other interior living spaces of a smaller nature as the more you try to cram into the place and the more elaborate you get with the overall décor, the more likely you are to end up making it look and feel even smaller.