10 Small Bedrooms with Huge Amounts of Style

Tiny bedrooms can present big decorating challenges. Apartment dwellers as well as homeowners feel the pinch when faced with balancing the need for storage and the desire for a stylish, uncluttered space. The only nonnegotiable item in a bedroom is the bed, so there are lots of small bedroom decorating ideas that can help you make the most of the space you’ve got.

Even though decorating small spaces can be tricky, there are some general rules of thumb to guide you. Keep color palettes simple, and “stuff” to a minimum. A white bedroom, for instance, will feel more airy and less cluttered. Take advantage of all forms of bedroom storage. Underbed storage, in particular, is a boon to a room with limited closet space. An attic bedroom, though charming, can present a challenge for furniture placement. Think outside the box and tuck a bed into the storage space under the eaves.

We’ve pulled together 10 examples of how you can use mirrors, color palettes, multipurpose furnishings, and other small bedroom ideas that will help you to live large in your small space.

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  1. White Wash


    Embracing a bright, white aesthetic will keep your tiny bedroom feeling airy and uncluttered. Blackband Design created this beachy bedroom on Newport Island in California by whitewashing the walls and dressing the bed in white linens. A striped rug makes the room appear wider.


  2. Mirror, Mirror


    This simple yet striking tiny bedroom in a narrow London mews house takes advantage of a mirrored wall behind the headboard to create the illusion of more space. Zephyr Interiors designed the room, using a neutral color palette and modern furnishings to make it seem anything but cluttered.

    Related:  9 "Dreamy" Headboards You Can Make


  3. New Directions


    City living often means getting creative with small spaces. This tiny bedroom in a New York City townhouse was designed by Dufner Heighes Inc. Turning the bed horizontally below the window maximizes floor space and creates a cozy window seat. As a bonus, the wall map—a compelling eyeful—distracts from the narrowness of the room.


  4. Creative Arrangements


    Attics often have storage spaces under the eaves that can be reclaimed as sleeping nooks. Buckingham Interiors & Design LLC maximized the floor space in this Chicago bedroom by carving out a cozy area for a bed, leaving plenty of swinging space in the center of the tiny bedroom for a suspended ball chair.

    Related: Under the Eaves—10 Arresting Attic Rooms


  5. Undercover


    No space for freestanding dressers or cabinets in your tiny bedroom? Forgo a traditional bed frame and tuck your storage right under your mattresses. Many furniture retailers offer ready-made storage beds with built-in drawers. These twin-size storage beds were custom-built by Colebuilt, a general contractor in Nova Scotia.


  6. Go Vertical


    While decorating this tiny bedroom for Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children in Los Angeles, designer Jessica Bennett wanted to create “a sanctuary for the women who would be calling the room home.” She hit her mark with this serene gold-and-white color scheme and created the appearance of a larger space by decorating “up,” thanks to the sunburst mirror, valance, draperies, and striped paint pattern.


  7. Dual Purpose


    To minimize the clutter of an over-furnished tiny bedroom, choose furniture with multiple purposes. For example, Deborah Houston Interiors furnished this Miami bedroom with a ready-made daybed that can serve as both seating when the young client’s friends visit and a bed when she goes to sleep at night.


  8. Lofty Living


    Maximize your floor space in a tiny bedroom by lofting your bed and building storage and workspace below. This bunk, designed by Hamilton Snowber Architects, features custom-built cabinetry, but the same effect can be created by placing a ready-made chest of drawers and desk below a lofted bed.


  9. Focal Point


    Make the most of your tiny bedroom by expanding your idea of a headboard. In this Austin, Texas, home, the PPDS design team created a focal point in a small bedroom by installing eye-catching wallpaper on the recessed wall behind the bed and keeping the remaining walls a neutral white.


  10. Let There Be Light!


    Instead of placing your bed on a solid wall facing a window, consider using the window as a backdrop for your bed. This master suite in Toronto, Ontario, may be short on square footage (it’s only 8.5 feet wide), but the two walls of windows flood the tiny bedroom with light, making it feel airy and bright.


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