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6 Ways to Easily Decorate a Small Bedroom

Taylor Fisher | 3/16/21

6 Ways to Easily Decorate a Small Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary that you can escape to when you need to unwind and de-stress from the outside world. If you live with roommates, your bedroom should be a comfortable getaway that you actually want to spend time in. But you may not get “oasis” vibes with just a bed and plastic hamper sitting on your floor.

Maybe you feel like you can’t do much if your bedroom is small and doesn’t look like the rooms you see on Pinterest. Rest assured, there are many ways you can easily and affordably decorate your bedroom (no matter the size) to make it feel cozier and trendy.

1. Tone it Down

Go for soothing shades of color and more of a restful palette. Color theory has told us time and time again that certain hues tend to influence our minds and leave an impact on our moods. Gentle tones of blue, lavender, and green will create more of a calm and serene environment, whereas jewel tones like emerald green and deep pomegranate red might set more of a cozy and comfortable vibe. If you have a favorite color that brings you happiness, go for a toned-down version of it. That could mean choosing dusty rose over pink, or mustard instead of lemon yellow. 

Use just a few different colors and stick to them. This doesn’t mean you need to paint the walls (usually not an option for renters), but rather incorporate them it into your bedding, rugs, curtains, or artwork. If your bedding or rug has a pattern, pull a couple of subtle tones from that to play around with.

More ideas for a colorful bedroom

2. Think About Layout

Be smart while planning the layout of a small bedroom. A bedroom with any dimensions less than 3m (or about 9.5 feet in width) is a small bedroom. The layout of a room plays a vital role in uplifting the bedroom décor. You can use the small bedroom décor ideas to decorate your bedroom with congested space.

Small room ideas must be considered while planning the layout and decorating small spaces. Also, it's best to measure the size of your small bedroom before you actually plan its layout. Once you are aware of the size of your bedroom, you can position the furniture in a way to give it a spacious look, otherwise known as "feng shui." In small bedrooms, it is recommended by the experts to leave more of your floor plan free while planning the layout. If you are willing to get your own furniture then you must go for customized furniture or furniture that adds to the existing storage of your small bedroom (IKEA is good for this).

introduce feng shui into your bedroom to increase flow and feel at peace

You can also go for multipurpose furniture such as a loft bed. It is a single furniture unit that offers functionality while engaging limited space. Moreover, if you have limited storage, then an ottoman bed with storage under the mattress could be more your style. You can store your winter clothes there as well as your bedding. If your small bedroom also requires you to have a mini home office or study desk then the best option for you is to have a murphy bed with a workstation.

3. Light It Up

Natural light is important when decorating for a small room. But if your bedroom has no or little exposure to the sun, then it's time to turn towards artificial lights. When it comes to installing artificial lights, many of us just don’t know how much effect it will have on our moods. For a small room, you can get pendant lights to hang from the ceiling and create a touch of luxury. Additionally, you can use decorative side lamps to add grace to your small bedroom.

If you're curious to learn more about lighting a bedroom, read our article on The Best Ways to Light Your Bedroom.

4. Don't Forget Your Floor

One of the hottest trends as of late is decorating with area rugs. It's easy to underestimate the importance of an area rug and you won’t realize it until you would have one! Area rugs create a distinctive charm within your small bedroom. You can choose the rug according to the theme of your small bedroom, whether that be a certain texture you're going after or a unique pattern. You must consider the layout of a room and the size of the floorplan that is free before you opt for an area rug however. You wouldn't want it to take up the whole space.

5. Or Your Walls

When it comes to small bedrooms, you have limited horizontal space to implement bedroom décor into the room's aesthetic. However, walls allow you to direct your creativity towards the vertical axis and create magic with amazing wall décor. So don’t worry if you have a limited floor plan in your small bedroom as you can use bedroom wall décor to do the styling.

You can create a photo gallery on one wall and install one vertical piece of wall art to a vertical wall. Additionally, hanging a mirror or two will open up the space and reflect light. Think of all the possibilities and you'll be inspired for days.

Interesting wall art can make your bedroom pop

6. Play with Plants

I'm sure you've seen Pinterest flooded with images of rooms with plants. It can be daunting if you aren't sure where to put plants in your own room, especially if you don't have great natural light that many plants crave. Here are some ways you can utilize plants to liven up your small room.

1.  Hanging plants- instantly add elegance to your small bedroom by hanging a small plant from a hook in the ceiling (if you're allowed to screw a hook). Spider plants are a great option for hanging because they easily adapt to the amount of light they receive, while also being low maintenance in case you forget to water them.

2. Floor Plants - if you have an empty corner easily fill it by placing a potted plant in it. Peace lilies are a great choice for a corner that doesn't get much sunlight, just make sure to get the soil a little moister.

3. Standing Plants - if you have space on top of a dresser, desk, or side table, make it the new home for a smaller potted plant. Monsteras and succulents are a great choice if you're looking for low-maintenance plants that won't get too big.

4. Wall Plants - you can easily buy cheap wall-mounted pots and create a wall of plants to add vibrant color to any part of your room. Philodendrons are a great choice because they are vines with long tendrils that will cover your wall in no time.

If you're a first-time plant owner here are more low-maintenance plants you can use to make any room look trendy. Be mindful that a lot of indoor plants are poisonous to animals. If you have a pet try some of these pet-friendly plants that will look great and are non-toxic to your furry friend.

Small Bedrooms Rejoice!

You can get a comfortable and attractive small bedroom on a budget using these amazing small bedroom décor ideas! I'm sure we missed a few, but use this article as inspiration for your next room decorating project.