The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating a Small Bedroom

Dreaming your tiny bedroom had space for more than a bed? Or your guest room was more than a dumping ground? Then read on.

Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate. They often end up as unloved spaces with little personality because we’re worried that too much stuff will “shrink” them visually. Conversely, small spare rooms can end up as dumping grounds for old fitness equipment, packaging or clothes-drying racks.

While a typical master bedroom is usually large enough to accommodate cabinets and chests of drawers, a second or third bedroom may be big enough only for a bed and little else. How can you make the most of every square inch, and ensure that a small bedroom is both stylish and functional? Here are some do’s and don’ts for making a small bedroom look good and work hard.

Contemporary Bedroom by Cochrane Design

Do copy hotel style. Many boutique hotels have tiny rooms, yet guests hardly notice since the rooms are so carefully decorated. Copy some of the tricks: A padded headboard, plush throws and multiple pillows offer a similar scaled-down luxury at home.

Try to slot in bedside tables, even if they’re just small shelves, for somewhere to set down a morning cuppa.

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