Small Bedroom Color Schemes

Don't be afraid to bring color into your small bedroom, where you can use it to create a cozy or soothing retreat.

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The bold wall color enhances the room making the fireplace the main feature. Cladding the whole wall with mother of pearl gives height and a modern look to the space.

From: Marlaina Teich

By: Gina Hannah

If your bedroom is small, you may think white is your only option. However, if you love color, there are ways to incorporate it into your bedroom without it overwhelming your space.

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Try Dark Hues

While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber. The plush bed linens in this ultra-dark space add a nice contrast and look like the ideal spot to cuddle up in this cozy black bedroom.

Adjust the Lighting

From the fireplace to the plush bedding to the warm area rug, this room exemplifies cozy living. But one aspect that really enhances the space is the soft lighting choices. If overhead lighting is a must, a chandelier with a dimmer is a great way to go.

Layer Rugs

Whether your bedroom is covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are a great way to add color, texture and of course, warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs in different shapes and patterns for an extra-comfy look.

Bring on the Blankets

When creating a cozy bedroom, you can never have too many throws. With an assortment of textured throws in soft neutrals, breakfast in bed never looked so good.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

Add a Personal Touch

Simple DIY touches can make any bedroom a cozier place to be. Here, a nightstand made from a vintage suitcase adds personality with a nice lived-in vibe.

Create a Canopy

A no-fail way to add an extra comfort factor to your bed is to drape it in ethereal textiles. Here, a solid white canopy creates a cozy cocoon for lazy Sunday mornings.

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Choose the Right Pieces

Warm wooden accents and a vase filled with fresh blooms come together in this peaceful space to create a nature-lover’s paradise. With a stack of books placed on the nightstand shelf, you may never have to leave this restful oasis.

Make Use of Texture

In this soft, inviting space, a delicate mix of texture subtly adds depth and interest in a neutral space. From the textural wallpaper to the herringbone-patterned floor, this sweet bedroom would be the ideal spot to curl up with a good book.


Blend Old and New

By mixing old and new styles, you can keep your bedroom from looking stale and instead make it look all your own. Here, a unique nightstand with a Singer base makes a statement against a gorgeous herringbone-patterned floor and mint bed.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Try a Tufted Headboard

Any plush headboard is bound to add a comfy vibe to your resting space, but there is just something about an elegant tufted headboard that really ups the cozy factor. Consider covering your headboard in an opulent fabric, such as velvet, for an extra-luxurious design.

Pile on the Pillows

What’s more cozy than a huge pile of fluffy pillows? Mix and match and never be afraid to add too many. The more the better when it comes to creating a super-comfy look.

From: Deborah Wecselman

Add Ceiling Beams

Adding wooden ceiling beams may be a bigger project than tossing a few throw pillows on the bed, but it is one that will definitely pay off in the cozy department. Wooden accents add warmth to a space, and wooden ceiling beams are a smart architectural way to add the look without taking up space.

Create a Reading Nook

A window seat is a great place to cuddle up and read or just enjoy the view. But sometimes, adding a window seat can be a costly endeavor. Instead, try creating a quiet nook in your bedroom for a similar effect.

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Put in a Faux Fireplace

A bedroom fireplace adds instant warmth, but when it’s too expensive to add the real thing, a shabby-chic faux fireplace may do the trick. This adorable example from HGTV’s Fixer Upper proves it doesn’t take big bucks to create a cozy space.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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Mix Patterns

An unexpected mix of patterns can create a homey look in any size bedroom. In this sweet space, a cohesive color palette pulls the patterns together, keeping the look subtle and seamless.

Place Furniture Strategically

Where you place your furniture makes a huge difference. When creating a seating nook, place chairs facing each other. This arrangement brings a conversational and intimate feel to your bedroom even if you're the only one utilizing the space.

Use Soft Neutrals

A neutral color palette adds a calming effect to any style bedroom, and it doesn't have to mean boring. Add texture, metallic accents, patterns and vintage finds to spice things up.

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Incorporate Vintage Finds

Nothing will give your bedroom a lived-in look like a favorite piece from an antique shop. This weathered Craftsman-style rocker brings a nostalgic look to the coastal bedroom.

Add Some Privacy

Sure, floor-to-ceiling draperies can be expensive (especially if they aren't DIY), but you'll keep them for years to come. Purchase neutral window treatments, so they match your room's style no matter how many times you change your bedroom's look.

Sprinkle In Floral Accents

Feminine touches bring a soft, cozy feel, so bring in floral elements — big or small — to your bedroom.

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Dress Your Bed in Knit Fabric

You can't get any comfier than knit fabric. Use old sweaters to make bed pillows or throws to up your bedroom's cozy factor.

Decorate in All White

Many believe an all-white room is stark and stale, but decorating in this color can make you feel as though you're at the spa. Plus, it's like sleeping on a cloud.

Use the Same Hue in Different Tones

Not sold on the all-white idea? This girl's bedroom is dressed in all blue. The variety of blue tones gives the room a layered look, which presents a cozy effect.

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Don't Forget the Foot of the Bed

If you have the space, place some furniture at the food of the bed. Whether you choose one large piece or a couple small pieces, display something that acts as extra storage and is upholstered in a lush fabric.

Skip Overhead Lighting

The right lighting can make all the difference. Place a couple lamps on either side of your bed to provide enough lighting without the harsh glare from an overhead light.

Display Your Books

Bring a cozy library feel to your bedroom by replacing a traditional headboard with a bookshelf. Color coordinate your books for a clean look.

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Invest in Good Bedding

Aside from window treatments, bedding is the best thing to spend your money on. Choose soft, high-quality fabrics — you won't be sorry.

Hide Electronics

Sometimes binge watching your favorite show is most comfortable from your bed, but visible electronics in the bedroom are the opposite of cozy. Hide them by placing in a thrifted armoire.

It's a misconception that a small place must be painted white to appear larger. Any color you find relaxing can work in any size bedroom. While homeowners with small bedrooms have traditionally been steered away from dark colors, today's design experts encourage the use of colors you love—even dark ones—in the bedroom, because it is a personal space.

Done properly, deep colors in a small room can camouflage the size of the space. Stick with colors that soothe you or make you feel like you're in a cozy space. Even red can work to create a bedroom that will feel like cozying up to a warm fire. Choose furniture, drapes and accessories that will complement the wall color.

For blues, greens and deep neutral shades, layer varying shades of the same color in your trim, floors and/or rugs and window treatments. This will keep the room from looking chopped-up and help give it a more unified feeling. Some very deep colors, such as charcoal and taupe, will allow the corners to fade away from view, visually expanding the space. You can choose high-gloss colors to reflect light in the space. You can also paint one wall a deeper shade that will recede visually, making the space appear larger. Paint a stripe or stencil pattern on one wall to create a focal point and draw attention away from the room's small size.

Earth tones and neutrals are a frequent choice for small bedrooms. If you prefer softer shades, grey, green or yellow can lighten a small room. Neutral shades can make the wall visually recede into the background, making the room appear larger and bringing more attention to the accessories in the room.

White can work well in a small bedroom, but be careful with stark white, since it can make any size bedroom feel cold. Soft tones of cream, butter or ivory are good choices, as are whites with a touch of grey, green, blue or even pink. Layer complementary shades of white, or choose accessories in a favorite color. White is usually the best choice for a small room's ceiling; however, if you have chosen a shade for your bedroom walls that will look good with very pale blue, that is also a good choice to make a ceiling look higher.

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