We have all lived in a home or apartment with a small bedroom where the walls seem to be closing in. We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms which can effect our moods and psyche. In this class I will teach you how to make a small bedroom look bigger with a few simple and cost effective tips.
We’re going to look at different techniques that will help improve the functionality and visual appeal of a bedroom. Using visual techniques can trick our eyes into feeling that a room is more spacious. Next we will discuss some simple tips that will actually increase a bedrooms floor space and functionality. In small spaces everything counts.
Paint - One of the most effective visual techniques you can use to make a room look bigger is some new paint. I suggest a matching color palette of three shades or tones. You want to use light colors or pastels. Stay away from brown, dark blues, dark reds, basically any dark colors.
When painting a room you have three items: the trim, walls and ceiling. Start by painting the trim the darkest of the three colors you chose. Second, paint the walls the second darkest color and finish the ceiling with the lightest of the three tones. The walls will seem to move away from you and look set back behind the trim and moldings. You will get the same effect with the ceiling seeming to rise up from the walls.
Mirrors - The second visual technique is the use of mirrors. Using a properly placed mirror will help increase the depth of a bedroom. This techniques is most effective when you can place the mirror directly across from a window or doorway. You essentially are adding another window to a room which give the illusion of more depth. The larger the mirror the more open your room is going to feel. You can find some cool mirrors for cheap at your local flea market or a garage sale.
Furniture - If you are choosing new furniture for a bedroom you should be conscious of the shape and colors. Using furniture that matches the colors of your walls will help improve depth and space. You also want to pick out furniture that fits the size of the room. Avoid a tall dresser or armoires as they will make your ceilings seem lower and the room more cramped.
Flooring – Whether you have carpet, tile or wood for floors you want them to be darker than the walls. Colors in bedroom should be darkest at your feet and get lighter as you go up to the ceiling to increase a rooms depth. If you didn’t plan on replacing the flooring you can pick up a rug to place in the room.
Tips to Increase Functionality of a Bedroom
Bunk Beds and Lofts - Choosing the proper storage and furniture for a bedroom can help increase your floor space and functionality. Bunk beds for kids are always great, but they can also be used by adults to increase the floor space and functionality of a room. Lofted beds are great for a bedroom being used by only one person as it creates additional space for storage or a desk.
Storage – For starters you should throw out any unnecessary clutter and store clothing and items that you don’t use often somewhere else such as the garage. If it’s the start of summer you can organize your winter clothes in some plastic storage bins and place them in the garage until fall. Loft beds or bunk beds can be very useful as they create more storage space. If you’re interested in looking at bunk beds for sale you can find a lot of options online. You may also want to learn how to build a bunk bed.
Lighting - Similar to the painting techniques we discussed above, using lighting fixtures will make a bedroom feel bigger. Use some small lamps on the floor that direct light upwards on the wall, resulting in a room that feels more spacious.
Following some of these techniques will help your bedrooms feel bigger. It may also help you be nicer to your boss resulting in a raise or prevent you from pulling your hair out from your rambunctious kids.