OK so you have a small bedroom. It's OK. Contrary to popular belief, size really does not matter and as the old adage goes, it's what you do with it that matters.
Now whilst none of these tricks are going to actually make your bedroom bigger, they will make it feel bigger and that is going to make a huge difference to your space.
Start with a de-clutter.
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This is a no-brainer. The more stuff you have in a space, the more cramped it feels. The best start to making a bedroom feel bigger is to take as much clutter out of it as you can. Think clean surfaces and try to keep the bare minimum of furniture and knick-knacks in your space.
Keep your paint palate light, white and bright
According to freshome, cream colors and icy blues are the way to go to keep a bedroom feeling larger than it actually is. The concept is simple, the more light reflecting surfaces you have, the bigger the room feels. Dark colors tend to swallow the light and make the room feel cramped and small.
Multipurpose furniture is your friend.
Make your furniture do double duty to help keep your bedroom tidy and free of extra bits and bobs that will take up valuable room. There are some fabulous pieces of furniture on the market now with this exact goal in mind, so with some careful shopping around, you should be able to find the perfect piece for your perfect bedroom. Hidden storage is a brilliant way to find extra space in your place.
Hang your shelves closer to the ceiling.
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This clever hack works by drawing the eye upwards and creates an illusion of space. Shelves at eye or chest height encroach on the space and draw the walls in on you.
When it comes to decorating, follow the cantaloupe rule.
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OK don't go out and start buying fruit as decorations (although this would look quite pretty if you ask me). The cantaloupe rule suggests that small decorations can add to the cluttered feel of a room and that when choosing your accents, keep them no smaller than a cantaloupe. Clever!
Use mirrors to echo light and space.
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You need a mirror in your bedroom anyway so why not go with a full length one? Not only can you check your look in the morning, it will assist with adding a feeling of expansiveness to your room.
Where you hang your window treatments is key.
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Here's a little designer secret for you all! One of the easiest ways to make ceilings look higher is to place your drapery rod really close to the ceiling—roughly 2 inches below the crown molding to be exact. You can also extend the rod at least 4 inches on either side of the window so that the window appears wider.
Think outside your little box.
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Wallpaper isn't just for walls now. Did you know if you wallpaper your ceilings it achieves the optical illusion of more space? Just like the high shelves, it draws the eye upwards and makes your room feel airy and spacious.
Stick to a color scheme.
Unite your space by making sure that all your colors in your space complement one another. If you have a dazzling array of colors and patterns, the eye will dart from object to object making the room feel busy and cluttered. We're aiming for a harmonious flow that feels relaxing to walk into.
Be wise with your lighting.
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So we love light. Light is your friend in a small space. You want lots of natural light if possible. If you don't have that, the next best thing is clever lighting. A beautiful statement light fixture that sits as close to the ceiling is perfect. Pendant lights will bring the ceiling down. Wall mounted sconces are also a great idea as they eliminate the need for side tables and therefore you will have less furniture to contend with.
Stripes are slimming.
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In the same way that wearing stripes can make you look taller, a simple striped rug on your floor can make your room feel larger by elongating the space.
When in doubt, wall-mount.
Lights, lamps, shelving, hooks and racks can all be mounted to the walls to save on space. Be smart about how you do it of course but the more floor you can see, the bigger the space will feel. Floating furniture is amazing towards this end as well. Use your walls wisely and the bedroom of your dreams is well within reach.