Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes but there’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve drawn the short straw and ended up with a bedroom that’s smaller than you’d like. Of course, there are benefits to a smaller bedroom. It can feel incredibly cosy and might be better at retaining heat. On the downside, a small bedroom can also feel claustrophobic or cluttered.
If you’re in this current predicament, you might be surprised to know that it’s really quite easy to create the illusion of a more spacious bedroom. Decluttering, creating some order, and using the right lighting and colouring are all ways to restore a calming, inviting environment and maximise a sense of space. Read on if you want to find out how you make your bedroom feel bigger and look better.
How To Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger
Paint Everything White
This is a brilliantly simple small bedroom design idea. It works on the basis that the walls of a room define its size. By painting everything the same colour, preferably white, it removes the hemmed in feeling and distorts our perception of the actual size.
Open, light, and airy is definitely the way forward when it comes to making a room look bigger. So, by painting the walls and ceiling white, the edges of each wall become indistinguishable, and gives the illusion of distance, similar to the sky and land fading into one another on the horizon.
Clever Storage For Small Bedrooms
Ever wondered how to keep a bedroom uncluttered? When it comes to a smaller bedroom, you can be as creative as you like. One thing to avoid is making the room look busy by including too many items of furniture. Although it may feel counterintuitive, it’s far better to purchase one or two larger items to provide as much storage in one place as possible, like a big wardrobe or armoire. These can be fantastic space-savers if they’re set up in an ordered way, because you’ll find that they can store more than you’d expect.
Floating shelves or bedside tables can be used to maximise space. Alternatively, install a mounted shelf above your bed in favour of a headboard. Two in one items can also work well like a bed with in-built hidden drawers for extra storage. Having furniture that is the same colour as the wall and ceiling also helps them to merge into the bedroom, deceiving the eye further and creating the look and feel of more space.
Have One Good Pillow
Declutter your bed by ditching cushions and extra pillows in favour of having one great quality pillow. We love the Spundown Medium Support Pillow, exceptionally comfortable and supportive, with just the right level of firmness. The sustainably sourced BCI cotton cover means that it feels wonderfully soft and luxurious, creating the exact bedtime ambiance for a great night’s sleep.
Another benefit is that this pillow can be easily maintained and is also a great choice for anyone with a dust mite allergy because it can be washed at 60®. You don’t need to worry about repeated washing impacting its quality though. Harnessing advanced technology through the use of Smartfil® fibres, this pillow is highly compressible, so it quickly returns to its signature plump shape every time. The other good news is that if a firmer pillow is more your style, there’s the Spundown Firm Support Pillow instead.
Ditch the Curtains
Heavy, dark, or patterned curtains can swamp a small bedroom and make it look darker and appear narrower. Allowing light into the room will open it up so think shutters, shades, or blinds in neutral colours. If you’re brave enough, go without anything at all and let the sun and moon in! Although, it can feel a bit like torture when dawn breaks at 4am so this route may not be for everyone!
Review Your Bed
A low-slung bed with minimal bedding creates a feeling of openness mainly because it leaves more space above. As seen on TV, the Night Owl Coverless Duvet is a perfect bedding solution to help create this effect. It’s a lightweight fibre fill 2 in 1 duvet blanket available in summer 4.5 tog and all year round 10.5 tog.
The secret to these incredibly comfortable duvets is that they’re encased within an amazingly soft cover. That means that there’s no grappling with duvet covers and the clever design helps to create a streamline effect. When it needs a refresh, pop it into your washing machine then dry for about 90 minutes.