While small-space living might seem cozy and quaint in theory, more often than not it can just feel cramped and crowded. But have no fear, the design gurus at Laurel & Wolf are here! And they’ve assembled a design guide of tips for maximizing space in a small bedroom without sacrificing style.
To create the illusion of space, free up your floor with floating furniture. This means wall-mounted shelves and night stands which elicit an airy, open feeling and eliminate clutter from the ground.
Get double-duty from your furniture! For example, place your desk against the wall next to your bed so that its edge can serve as a nightstand.
Harness natural light to make your room look bigger with airy drapery and sheer shades. Never use dark and thick window treatments to seal out light. Instead, try layering blinds with gauzy curtains that will allow light in during the day and keep it at bay at bed time.
Simplify your scheme. Cramming too many patterns and bright colors into a small area will make the room feel even smaller. So go for a more neutral-centric color palette with a few pops of color and pattern here and there. Keep in mind: white walls almost always make a room look bigger.
Get rid of clunky, space-consuming electronics. Let’s face it, they’re all probably outdated anyway. Use your laptop for nightly Netflix-watching and then put it away when you go to sleep. If you must have one, keep your TV in the living room for communal viewing!
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Elevate your bed to create the illusion of space as well as storage areas underneath plus a better night’s sleep. A bedframe with clean lines and platform legs is the perfect shape to make your bedroom look bigger. And when it comes to bedding, opt for light, solid neutrals.
In short: No space? No problem! But what about no money?
This article originally appeared on Laurelandwolf.com.