If there is a space inside the home that most people have a problem presenting well, it would be the room that isn’t quite big enough for a bedroom, but too big for a home office. A lot of houses have them. We will call it the small bedroom. We will call it this, because, as your real estate agent should tell you, this awkward space should be presented as a bedroom. Why? Because, when it comes to sale price, bedrooms equate to money. So, today, I thought we could tackle staging a small bedroom.
The other day, I came across the following quote on Elle Décor – “When a space has good style, size doesn’t matter”. Don’t you love it! Basically, we stage small bedrooms because they can have a big impact on potential buyers, when using the right design. Obviously, a lack of space is the problem we face when staging a small bedroom. So, we need to choose the right furniture to optimise space and create the illusion of the room looking bigger than it is.
The illusion of space starts with a carefully selected paint colour. Colours that work well in a small bedroom are whites, neutrals, pale grays, blues, lavenders, and greens. These pale colours reflect light, and can visually expand a small bedroom by giving the impression of pushing back the walls. Painting the walls and trims the same colour also add to the effect.
Once you have chosen your wall colour, follow it through to the décor. By using the one colour in varying shades, tints, tones, and textures in the wall paint, curtains, bedding, and flooring you will create the illusion of a more expansive and calming space.
When staging a small bedroom, every piece of furniture counts. As a minimum, you will need a bed and a nightstand. Any additional furniture can be added with careful thought and if the room size allows.
When positioning the bed, position the bedhead in the middle of one wall. Downsizing the bed can make the room look bigger by introducing “breathing room” on each side of the bed. So try replacing a queen or double bed with a twin bed. and add airy pieces such as a chair with a slender profile and open-sided nightstands. If you are left with no other option than positioning the long side of the bed against the wall, then go for it. Use a single bed, with a simple nightstand.
If the room size allows for additional furnishings, trim and fit furniture is ideal. For instance, when choosing a chair, don’t pick one with cushions and fat rolled arms. Choose one with thin arms and an upholstered back or use armless furniture to create more visual and physical space. These features make a room comfy and functional without making it look congested.
Select white furnishings or those with wood tones. Incorporate furniture pieces with mirrors which let light bounce around and enhance the optical illusion. If there’s no room for bedside tables, mount lighting fixtures on the wall on each side of the bed, or hang pendent lights from the ceiling on each side of the bed.
Dress the bed in soft colours that exude rest and sophistication. Think, soft blues, greens, grays, whites, and creams. To build on the high-end look, minimise the use of patterns and go for solid coloured bedding. Shiny, satiny fabrics on a bedcover, or accent pillows can also help to illuminate a small space.
You can visually increase the size of any small space by decluttering. Limit collectibles to one or two favourite pieces, or allow one outstanding accessory to become a focal point.
Lastly, mirrors are one of the best small bedroom decorating ideas! They are great for visually expanding space and bouncing light around a room. Try leaning an over-sized floor mirror against a wall, or hang multiple ones together to create a feature wall.
Thanks for reading!