Living in a small space does have its advantages (you can clean up your entire apartment in just a couple of hours or less), but there are some downsides too. If you often feel cramped or fear that there is nothing you can do to make things better, think again. There are plenty of easy and convenient ways to make any space appear bigger and more livable, and we offer you five foolproof ways to turn your bedroom from a glorified cupboard into a spacious sanctuary.
1. The Fine Art Of Concealing
One of the best things to have in small spaces is multi-functional furniture. There are ottomans that can open up and be used for storage, or you can try wonderful storage beds. When it comes to multi-functional furniture, there are pieces which have completely sacrificed form for function, and they are as useful as they are plain. Pick a piece in which you will be able to store everything you need: shoes, books, clothes, pillows, and blankets, but which will be elegant and stylish at the same time.
2. Use The Ceiling
If your bedroom is too small for a wardrobe, you can improvise and use the ceiling to install a handy little hanging clothing rack instead. Not only will your bedroom appear more spacious without a big piece of furniture, such as a closet, but your clothes will be wrinkle-free because they have been hanged. You can use a simple copper pipe to make your own clothing rack which will look great. Even if you don’t need the extra storage space, you can use the rack to hang your art or your plants.
The simplest, yet the most difficult advice – declutter the room. Unlike your kitchen which can be turned into a dining room or your living room where you can work, the bedroom should be a sanctuary – a quiet place where you can relax after a long day. Other than the bed, a bedside table or two, and a cupboard, you don’t need anything else in the room.
4. Pick The Right Colors
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It might seem like a great idea to paint the walls of your bedroom dark blue, black, or maroon, but keep in mind that dark colors make the space appear smaller. Instead, you should paint your walls and ceiling with light shades which will visually open up the space. Also, light colors reflect the light better, and it will be a great way to illuminate the space and brighten up your mood. If, however, you’re a fan of dark shades and want them in your bedroom somehow, you could try painting only the wall behind your bed. Done well, this will provide a sharp contrast with the rest of the room and make it appear more spacious.
5. Use The Walls
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The best way to use your walls is to hang pictures or decorative wall clocks, but why not pair art with some clever storage ideas? Make your own small glass or wooden shelves, and if possible, place them in corners so you could use as much of the space as you can. Another way in which you can easily create an illusion of space is big mirrors, as they reflect the natural light making the room appear more spacious than it is.
Small bedrooms are a real challenge to remodel and redecorate. However, you don’t have to give up on the idea of having a king-size bed of your dreams just because your bedroom is small. With a little bit of creativity, you can create a more spacious bedroom. Improvise with the rest of the furniture, light, and bright colors, and you will easily make your bedroom look stylish and cozy, while at the same time adding a much-needed sense of space.