How to style a small bedroom, according to an interior expert

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·3 min read
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Sometimes it can feel like every house you see on Pinterest and Instagram is Kim Kardashian-worthy, with acres of space and living rooms that go on forever. But what happens if you live somewhere a bit more compact?

Natasha Bradley, Lick Home’s Interior Design and Colour Expert, says you can still make your bedroom feel stylish and chic, even if it's on the smaller size. Here's her key advice for doing so - whether you're renting or not.

Be streamlined with your choice of colour

If you have control over the paint on the walls, make sure every wall matches. "Paint your walls, ceiling and skirting all in the same colour," she tells Cosmopolitan UK. "[This will stop the] eye getting drawn to the corners of the room, creating the feeling of space."

Also, that doesn't necessarily mean white - be brave! "Lovely soft alternatives to a neutral are pinks. They can be great for small spaces as they make the room feel warm and welcoming but also help to reflect the light."

Less is more

"When it comes to small rooms, less is more. Let the interiors breath and try not to clutter the space." Do this with clever under bed storage and shelves, as well as committing to a singular theme rather than trying everything. "I would recommend sticking to one style and really going for it. That way the room will feel calm and harmonised and not feel cluttered or unbalanced."

Mirrors are your best friend

You've probably heard this a million times over, but mirrors are great for bouncing light (natural or not) around and stopping a smaller space from feeling cramped or dingy. As Natasha says, "Use mirrors to reflect light it tricks the eye into believing that a space is larger than it actually is. The larger the better!!" Large mirrors to create the illusion of large spaces? You don't have to tell us twice.

Light it up

Now that you've sourced mirrors for bouncing light around, time to actually create the light to bounce around! As the interior expert says, "You want to make sure the room gets as much light as possible to avoid heavy curtains either side of the window and go for roller blinds."

Use small accessories as decor updates

When it comes to the bedroom, "it's all about senses - touch, smell and slight." If you can't decorate the whole room, Natasha advises investing in:

  • Good quality bed linen

  • Paint a colourful square behind your headboard to frame your bed and make it a focal point in the room (you can always paint back over it if you rent)

  • Lamp with warm light

  • Candles

  • Plants to help with energy and brings a pop of colour and life to the room

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