"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." -- Lin Yutang.
The size of the bedroom makes no difference to the ultimate sense of relaxation people experience, be they rich or poor, once within the comforting confines of a cozy bedroom. The sense of complete peace that one gets from being happily cooped up in one’s favorite space like the bedroom, in most cases, especially after a long hard day’s work, is profoundly unparalleled. But with accommodation rates at a premium, small bedrooms are becoming quite the order of the day. A small bedroom can be quite a challenging proposition if you don’t want your favorite space in the house cramped for room or style. However, it can be compact and still be beautiful if a correct balance of elements is struck. Mini bedrooms no longer need to be seen as a cause for discomfort or a diminished sense of ease. After all, it is all about techniques and tricks of saving and enlarging space, or the feel of it, wherever possible. The idea is to make a less than regularly sized bedroom feel bigger, more spacious, brighter and more airy. A smart use of the color palette for the walls, flooring and furnishings as well as well-chosen furniture and décor do the needful.
Design Ideas For A Small Bedroom
If you stick to these simple rules, you won’t go wrong! Start by artfully positioning the main feature of the room - the bed. A queen size double bed is all you are likely to be able to fit into your itsy bitsy retiring chambers. Place it in a neat yet aesthetically appealing part of the room. Leave the rest of the room for other set-ups. And since size matters, a well designed ambience will bring a small bedroom to life in a big way.
- Go for beds of the loft, box or folding variety. The same goes for other furniture like dressers, desks, etc., if available in such space saving designs. They are easier to move and impart different looks to the room according to the time of day.
- Use storage spaces creatively. If you must have more storage, try to keep it hidden in an inconspicuous corner of the room.
- Wall-mount the television if you must have it in the bedroom.
- Ensure that the windows in this room are relatively large, giving more light and better cross-ventilation to the room.
- Choose flooring and furnishing for upholstery and drapes in soft pastel shades as similar to the color of the walls as possible, or in a balanced contrast. Lighter colors create a sense of greater space availability.
- Place one, or maybe even two, largish mirrors facing the windows to add depth and dimension to the room.
- Decorate with much smaller bric-a-brac to avoid an overwhelming sense of crowding and clutter.
- All other items around the room should be smartly placed in as much of an angular fashion as possible.
- Convert available recesses wherever possible in the room, into highly usable cozy alcoves or loveseats.
- Remember to infuse the atmosphere in a mini bedroom with a bright well-lit ambience. Install good illumination.
- Keep the doorway absolutely unobstructed. Replace hinged doors with sliding doors.
A smart decorating scheme for small bedrooms is well worth the effort. After all, a little can go a long way if well executed. It not only enhances the appeal of your personal space but also has other fringe benefits such as cutting on cost and clutter.