Design Field Notes

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Tips & Tricks: Styling a Small Bedroom

The small scale of a bedroom shouldn’t deter you from styling it to its full potential. Let me share a few tips when curating a small bedroom space.


Ideally to place the bed against a wall rather than a window makes for a better outcome. You want to consider the space required to functionally live in the room, i.e. floor space to dress comfortably, make the bed etc. For very small rooms better to use one good sized bedside table with drawers to help with additional storage. You may not need to have a pair of bedsides particularly if the wardrobe is on one side. This will also make the room feel more spacious.


Decorate a small room in light, calming tones. You could either paint all the walls in a soft tone or create cosiness with a textured, light coloured grass cloth wallpaper. If preferring to use a patterned wallpaper use a small sized pattern with light colours and focus papering on one wall behind the bed rather than all the walls. Keep bedlinen calm by using the latest soft coloured natural linens and choose a plain, textured patterned quilt cover in white with a contrasting textured throw. Finish the look with coordinating decorative scatter cushions in soft velvets mixed with fringed, beaded cushions for added interest.


Scale is very important in small bedrooms. Ensure furniture suits the size of the room even if you must use a Double bed instead of a Queen size bed to sit centre in the room. Larger furniture will make a small room feel smaller and there will not be adequate space to get in and around the bed.

Keep furniture in proportion by choosing bedsides which have drawers or open shelving, look for furniture with height rather than width. A small upholstered chair to the corner is practical or a small narrow end of bed ottoman with lid. This can double as seating as well as storage inside.


Decorate the windows by opting for Roman Blinds or Plantation shutters. These sit within the window area and do not intrude into the room or floor as curtains would. Keep colours tonal across flooring, walls and bedlinen. You want to keep the artwork to a single item over the bed or hang a pair symmetrically to keep the overall aesthetic peaceful and calm. Opting for a large, floor length wall mirror opposite the bed can make the room appear double in size or instead, mirrored wardrobe doors also help to maximise the room’s visual appearance. Hanging pendant lights or wall fixed lamps instead of table lamps on the bedsides to give even more useful tabletop space next to the bed.


Joy Simonsen

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