There is no reason at all that a small bedroom—even a really tiny bedroom—can’t be every bit as gorgeous, relaxing, and just plain full of personality as a much larger space. (As proof, check out the elegant bedroom from Laura Stein Interiors shown here.) The trick to creating a lovely bedroom when square footage is limited is to make smart use of the space you do have, keep furnishings scaled to the room, and most of all, not be afraid to show off your decorating chops.
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Brown and White Bedroom
Looking for a sophisticated palette that manages to be both masculine and glamorous at the same time? Then consider the combination of chocolate brown and white. Amp it up further with a small chandelier, a patterned rug, and white bedding, and the result is pure splendor.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Save Floor Space With Built-Ins
Most of the time, a small bedroom means an equally small closet. A great solution to this common concern is incorporating built-in storage around the head of the bed, as in this serene space designed by Chris Ebert of Normandy Remodeling. If built-ins aren't an option, look for bookcases that fit in the space instead.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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An Elegant Master BedroomContinue to 4 of 24 below.
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Neutrals Done Right
Think neutral bedrooms have to be boring? Then take a look at this masculine, relaxing, and anything-but-dull bedroom from architect and designer Patrick Brian Jones. When the palette is quiet, clever use of subtle pattern adds interest without overwhelming the small space. A folded throw blanket in a contrasting hue adds extra oomph to the foot of the bed.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Vintage Touches in a Bedroom
Weathered shutters add a touch of shabby chic flair to this cozy gray and white bedroom from Décor Gold Designs. It’s easy to work a vintage vibe into even a small bedroom—use an antique chest as a nightstand or footboard, set an old door in place of a headboard, or adorn your walls with framed vintage embroidered handkerchiefs, maps or botanical designs.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Soothing Green and White Bedroom
Most people want their bedroom to be a soothing, restorative retreat. If that’s your goal, then consider green and white for your palette. Add in botanical touches in the bedding, as in the room from Viscusi Elson Interior Design shown here, along with a showstopper sunburst mirror, stylish Roman shades, and cottage-casual white furniture, and the result is a room that calms your mind and refreshes your senses. Beautiful.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Carve Out a Headboard Nook
This lovely—but tiny—home was once a library. Now it’s a testament to good use of small space, thanks to the designers at The Works. Notice the built-in cabinets and the recessed, upholstered “headboard” nook—beautiful and genius.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Match Furniture and Wall Color
While it’s generally true that oversize furniture doesn’t work in a small room, there are always exceptions. For example, the canopy bed here is nearly as large as the tiny bedroom, but instead of cramped, the space looks perfect. The secret is in the clean, simple lines of the bed, along with its color—white—matching the walls to eliminate contrast.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Your first impulse might be to think of the sloped ceiling and cramped space of an attic bedroom as a minus, but instead, embrace it as a plus. When the bed is piled high with quilts, pillows, and shams, and surrounded by simple, yet lovely furnishings as in the adorable country bedroom shown here in work by DigsDigs, the sloped ceiling and limited square footage adds to the cozy vibe.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Let Furniture Do More
Make the most of your small bedroom by using furniture to provide the storage that many undersized rooms lack. Case in point: this lovely, shabby chic bedroom by DigsDigs substitutes a small dresser for a traditional nightstand, and makes the most of a recessed nook with a china cabinet to hold linens, sweaters, and other bulky items. That’s smart and beautiful.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Wow With Bedroom Wallpaper
Yes, even if your bedroom is small, you can still have a wow-inducing accent wall, as proven so strikingly here by Décor Gold Designs. Bold wallpaper has a place even in the tiniest of rooms. Just stick with one wall—preferably the one at the head of your bed—and keep the rest of the room sedate in terms of color and pattern.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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A traditional style, like the British colonial look shown here from DigsDigs, doesn’t have to be stuffy. A few shots of color, interesting artwork, and accessories, and a pretty upholstered headboard give this classic look fresh sensibilities. Plus, leaning a large mirror against the wall is a great way to add visual size to a small room.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Rustic BedroomContinue to 14 of 24 below.
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Striped Walls in a Master Bedroom
Just because your bedroom is small doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the décor. Case in point: the bold striped walls in this otherwise quite traditional bedroom from blogger and designer Centsational Girl defines fun. It works beautifully thanks to the extremely limited neutral palette and lack of clutter or fussiness. If you like the general idea, but don't want to go quite as bold, use two close tints of the same color to create your stripes.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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Go Dark in a Bedroom
Many people believe that a small room has to be painted white or a very pale pastel, but in reality, dark colors make the walls visually recede, increasing the perceived size of the space. And if that isn’t reason enough to consider going dark on your walls, then take a look at the sophistication, serenity, and beauty of the deep purple walls here in the work of DigsDigs. Dark gray, navy or indigo blue, or dusky dark green are equally restful and lovely.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Cottage BedroomContinue to 17 of 24 below.
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Bright Accents in a Bedroom
An entire room filled with bright color is too much intensity for a tiny space, but when you use a few hot shots of eye-catching color to heat up neutrals or classic black-and-white, the temperature is just right.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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An eclectic mix of styles doesn’t have to take up much room—in fact; sometimes a small space highlights a wonderful blend of décor. This tiny bedroom, for example, combines Asian, retro, and rustic touches for a result that’s huge in personality and style. Another great tip for a small master bedroom: instead of bedside lamps, save space with pendant lights.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Think Outside the Box
Take a decorating tip from Lisa Teague Studios, and create interest in your small room by placing your bed at a slight diagonal. It’s even better when a pretty folding screen takes the place of a traditional headboard; the screen acts as a focal point for the room, drawing the eye upwards to increase the visual size of the space. Another use for a folding screen in the bedroom is as a privacy barrier around the bed. This is especially good in a studio apartment or a shared children's bedroom.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Gray: The New Classic
Gray's sedate vibe makes it especially good for the bedroom. But when decorating with gray, be sure to add plenty of interest to keep the look lovely, not grim. Take a few tips from the gorgeous room from Jean Stephane Beauchamp Design shown here; a strong area rug, an intriguing ceiling fixture, a luxurious velvet upholstered headboard, and a touch of fun in the skull-adorned throw pillow guarantee that this entirely-gray-and-white master bedroom is anything but boring.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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It doesn’t take much to set an exotic style, so a small room is perfect for a global look like the Moroccan showstopper here. Just three elements—the silver pendants, the silver pouf, and the fantastic bed—are all it takes. If none of those are within your reach, consider adding an exotic throw pillow or two to your bed.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Airy, White Bedroom
Even a small space can have an airy, open vibe when your palette is mostly white with just one cheery accent color. Notice how easy it is to mix patterns when they share the same two colors; the striped rug, small floral comforter, and larger floral sheets don’t feel busy or overwhelming even though the room is very small.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Luxury in a Small Bedroom
All-out glamour, drama, and expensive tastes: if that sounds like you (even if your budget is small), then you’ll drool over this tiny, perfect, luxe bedroom from RSVP Design Services. What makes it work? The limited color scheme, the reflections from the mirrors and metallics, and the lack of clutter. Perfect.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Add an Accent Wall
Even the tiniest bedroom can benefit from an accent wall; after all, it doesn’t take up any space. Whether you choose a glorious metallic wallpaper like the one here or prefer a painted wall, don’t be afraid to go bold if that suits your personality.