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Learn 7 Easy Tricks to Make Your Small Bedroom Seem Bigger [+1 Bonus!]

by Ann Ferguson

Finding ways to make your home feel less cramped when you have limited space can be difficult, especially in your bedroom. And if you love to decorate, dealing with a small sace makes designing your home an extra challenge.

But don't worry; you don't have to be stuck with the same old design that has you feeling like you're stuck in a cluttered room. There are seven easy tricks to make your small bedroom look and feel bigger and better!

1. Going Up

Bedroom with vertical decorations

The first trick to making your bedroom feel more open is to use all the vertical space in it. Your floor space is limited, so add your décor and other knickknacks on the wall instead of trying to stick everything around the room. Don't be afraid to go up to the ceiling — the effect will be worth it!

You can try using built-in shelves that go from the floor to the ceiling, using a tall headboard, or hanging artwork all around the walls. You can even hang curtains high above the window frame to provide the illusion of space. And if you take up the full extent of the area above your bed, you create the illusion of more space.

2. Give it Legs

Another way to create a sense of space is by having furniture with legs. By lifting up your furniture, you create an open feel and make your bedroom seem bigger. So, if you have a low bed frame, try upgrading to one with slim tapered legs. Keep in mind that not every piece of furniture needs legs, and those that do should all be the same height to create a matching look.

The more space your floor and walls reveal, the larger your room will look.

3. Exaggerate A Little

Bedroom with vertical panels

Having open space in your bedroom is always good, but did you know that using exaggerated vertical wall panels can make your space look bigger?? These will make your walls stand out, draw the eye, and create the illusion of more space. But you don't have to install some large wood panels; you can also use vertically striped wallpaper to do the trick.

Just make sure that the paneling matches your windows. And if you prefer a more artsy touch, you can try a large-scale piece of artwork instead.

4. Mirror Tricks

Bedroom with mirror

Smoke and mirrors might be a magician's secret, but it doesn't mean you can try using the same. By decorating with mirrors, you'll draw the eye where you want it, deflect attention away from something, and create layers of symmetry. This all opens up your space visually and adds a dash of panache to your design style. Some ways to decorate with mirrors are:

  • Use a floor-length mirror in a tight nook.
  • Place a big mirror across from the window to reflect more light.
  • Add a mirror over your mantel to utilize the vertical space and accent your décor.
  • Utilize mirror furniture to make bulky pieces seem slimmer, like a nightstand with mirrored glass panels.

And if your bedroom design scheme is a little plain, you can always find a mirror with gold accents or intricate carvings to add more style.

5. Light it Up

With limited space, you need to develop clever ways to save on storage or display space. And one way to do that is by ditching your bedside lamps and opting for wall lights instead. Not only will you save space on your nightstands or bedside tables, but you will also add a bold statement.

Wall lights help draw the eye upward, provide an open, airy look, and reduce the clutter around your bed. But if you love reading in bed at night, look for adjustable sconces or ones with dimmer switches. You can also find lights that hang from the ceiling to save on wall space.

6. The Right Colors

Bedroom with soft blue colors

You might not think it, but your bedroom colors can affect the size of the room. Darker rooms just look more cluttered. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to an all-white color scheme; you can branch out a little. The important thing is to find soft, light colors or colors mixed with white to create a more soothing hue. For instance, cool colors like blue, green, and purple will help enlarge your space.

But pastels and super light shades of grey also work in a pinch!

7. Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

While you might not have a lot of floor space, you still need to keep it in mind when you decorate. Specifically, you need rugs to help define your space. With an oversized rug, you'll draw attention to the entire length of the room and make your bedroom seem more open. But if you don't like large rugs, you can opt for smaller rugs to keep under furniture.

Pro Tip: If you like having smaller rugs under your furniture, keep the front legs of the chairs, bed, and other furniture on the rug to connect the pieces and create a cohesive look.

8. Declutter

Couple cleaning bedroom

We all know it: clutter makes your space feel more cramped. And that's especially true in a compact bedroom. So, use storage furniture like beds with drawers, floor-to-ceiling shelves, or stylish trays to hold your knickknacks and essentials.

Remember to remove extra pieces of furniture that are more of a nuisance than a help. You can also find furniture that serves more than one purpose, like a spacious vanity doubling as your work-from-home desk to optimize your space better.

Customize Your Bedroom Space

With these tips in hand, you can easily conquer small space living and create the coziest home of your dreams. But if you're tired of your old furniture or if it has seen better days, take the opportunity to customize your bedroom space. You can find bedroom furniture that better suits your space and your taste — just check out our catalog at Westco Home Furnishings!

And if you have any questions, contact our staff. We'll help you find what you need for you to be proud of your dream home!