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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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