Designer Tricks for Living Large in a Small Bedroom

Is your small bedroom cramping your style? We have 15 can't-fail insider tricks from top designers and architects to make your small bedroom feel larger — no contractor required.

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Strategically hanging art is one of the easiest ways to make a room look bigger. The art gives your eye something to focus on beyond the physical perimeter of the room and has the effect of expanding space. "Don't overload the walls," cautions Allison Marvin, an art consultant whose business, Sightline, is based in Washington, D.C. "The more you put on the walls in a small room, the smaller the space will feel." Instead, choose a few larger pieces and place them on different walls around the room. Doing so makes your eye move around the space and you notice the architectural constraints of the room less. When hanging art above a bed, Marvin recommends keeping the art within the width of the bed itself and hanging it about six to eight inches above the headboard. Design by J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture+Design

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