10 Small Bedroom Designs

Small space design can be a big challenge. See how designers create petite bedroom retreats with color and smart space planning.
By: Barbara Ballinger

Photo By: Ron Blunt

Photo By: EP

Vibrant Patterns

For a client not afraid to live with lively color and pattern, homeowners got a strong dose with a robin’s egg blue and red pattern for the bed and its curtains; the bare floor makes it stand out more. Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale; photography by Ron Blunt

Space-Saving Murphy Bed

When a peninsula-style desk is moved to its left and a closet is opened, voila. The homeowner can pull down a Murphy bed to put up overnight guests in a comfy queen size bed. Design by EMI Interior Design; photography by David Young-Wolff

Open and Airy

To convey a romantic spirit and larger sense of space, Mary Douglas Drysdale went straight to a creamy palette to envelop the room, except for one leopard print that gives it some sizzle. Photography by Ron Blunt

Black, White and Bold

Forget the idea that a small bedroom can only be enveloped in pastels or white; Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward-Woods of Decorating Den Interiors show how bold but coordinated black and white patterns and a large mirror add energy and a feeling of more space. Photography by Jeff Sanders

Cozy Color Scheme

Because she’s surrounded by color all day, designer Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Pea Design gave her cozy bedroom a neutral palette but lots of textures. "It had to be quiet, peaceful, and serene, so I enveloped it in neutrals but with textures for interest," she says. Photography by Jerry Kalyniuk

Luxurious Charm

You can unleash the size limits of a small bedroom by adding the right luxe accents. This bedroom got a major upgrade with its walls papered in a sophisticated floral print and sparkling light fixtures. Photography by Kenneth James’ Belgian Luxe Raymond Waiters from Brewster Home Fashions.

More Room: Floor-to-Ceiling

By building storage into closets, raising the ceiling to 11’ and using glass walls to face wooded views, a small 10’ by 16’ bedroom seems roomier for builder and homeowner Peter Englander.

Rich Approach

Some think red makes a bedroom look smaller; depends on the shade says Claudia Juestel who custom colored the hue to a rich, yet tranquil oxblood for a Victorian house. Photography by Adeeni Design Group

Warm Accent Wall

To add both architectural interest and texture to this attic bedroom, interior designer Alexandra Hernandez created a custom headboard made up of individual, burlap-upholstered plywood cubes. In a small space an accent wall pulls the eye through the room and visually enlarges the proportions.

Pops of Color

Walls, bedding and upholstered surfaces in clean, crisp white add to the room’s sense of serenity. Small doses of color make a strong statement, such as the rust-colored Greek key border on the duvet and shams. Design by Vern Yip