5 Small Bedroom Design Ideas

Liz | Balance + Rhythm
by Liz | Balance + Rhythm

We spend about a third of our lives in our bedrooms, and while most of that time is spent sleeping, this room sets the tone for our days and affects how well we rest at night.

Small bedrooms can be snug and cozy, but they do present special challenges, and therefore choosing a small bedroom design is not an easy task.

Let's take a look at some small bedroom design ideas that will help create a tranquil and restful space that you will feel comfortable in.

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1. Keeping it minimal

Small bedrooms can become cluttered easily, so it is best to limit the number of furniture pieces and decor items.

Keeping it simple will create a functional and stress free environment that supports comfort and well being for a rejuvenating nightly respite.

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2. Furniture

When it comes to furniture, the first consideration is, of course, the bed, and aside from the actual construction and materials, the main consideration for a small space is the size. This will depend on whether you are sharing it with a partner and pets.

When you are selecting the interior design for a small bedroom, always keep circulation space in mind. Circulation around the sides and the foot of the bed is best for bed making and visual appeal.

The ideal is at least 24 inches on each side of the bed. You may only be able to maintain good circulation space on one side and the foot of the bed, but try to maintain at least some separation from the wall on the other side. If you have hard floors, a rug is nice to have, but you will need to make adjustments for a very small space.

Storage beds come in all sizes and can take the place of a dresser in some cases. Day beds are also a great option for a single sleeper and can double as seating in a bedroom that serves multiple purposes.

A nightstand or bedside table is always a nice option. If you have space for two, great, but in a very small space, you may only be able to fit one. A good option for the more narrow side is to use a smaller table, like a drink table.

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3. Lighting

Layered lighting is a must for a serene and calming space. Most rooms have a centrally located light fixture or recessed lights that can be placed on dimmers. For a small bedroom, chances are that floor and table space is limited.

At the bedside wall sconces or pendants can be a great space saving option, leaving space on your smaller nightstands and tables for things like books, reading glasses or drinking glasses.

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4. Color palette

A simple and cohesive color palette in neutral and muted shades creates a cozy atmosphere and also makes the room look more spacious. You can opt for lighter colors for a bright and airy feel, but bedrooms are also great spaces to bring in a deeper palette.

Using darker colors in the bedroom creates a moody and more dramatic look and has the added benefit of reflecting less light for better sleeping. Dark colors also recede making the room appear larger.

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5. Plants

Finally, space for plants can be a challenge in a very small space, but if you have an empty corner, think about bringing in a snake plant or peace lily, or hanging some English ivy.

These plants, amongst others, enhance the quality of the air at night by absorbing carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen for sleep. Having plants in your bedroom also generally helps create a sense of calm by bringing in a soothing touch of nature.

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Now you know a little bit more about how to design a small bedroom. Do you have any other ideas in mind?

If you had to make design choices for a small bedroom, what is something you would not be ready to compromise on? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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