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6 tips for decorating a small bedroom

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Small bedrooms can be cute, comfortable and cozy. They can also be a serious interior design challenge. Check out these tips for making the most of your tiny space.

1. Be Careful About Which Colors You Choose

According to Freshome.com, dark colors can make your room appear even smaller than it actually is. Paint your walls in lighter hues to open up space and make the ceiling appear higher. If you really want to add some darker tones to space, consider throwing pillows or sheets in those colors.

According to House Beautiful, one of the most popular hues for 2015 will be a deep, rich blue, reminiscent of rooftops in Santorini, Greece. The source suggests mixing this tone with light grays and pinks for a truly modern color palette. The classic color combination of green and blue will also be making a comeback if you prefer a bright, cool look for your space. The source explains that sour-apple green will be the most popular tone for mixing with blue.

Wondering what the most popular neutral will be this year? House Beautiful reports that simple gray tones will replace white, black and brown for this year’s most versatile color. Try incorporating this tone into your upholstery, or try bringing it into your rooms with appliances like tower fans. For people looking to be bolder with their neutrals, the source points to olive green as being a more exciting alternative. This color fits nicely with a 1960’s-inspired color palette, which will also be seeing a revival this year.

2. Design Trends

Details notes that wallpaper will gain popularity again this year but in an updated fashion. More designers will be rolling out unique patterns with eye-catching colors that will be perfect for creating an accent wall or covering a whole room for a truly bold look.

According to The Wall Street Journal, mixed metals will also gain popularity in 2015. Stainless steel, once a design favorite, will take a backseat to warmer tones like copper and rose gold. Instead of matching every piece of hardware in each room, the source notes that this year will be more about combining different hues and textures for a more layered look. Glass will be another popular material, but don’t go bringing out all those clear vases just yet. The source explains that “smoky” glass is this year’s trendy choice, noting that it will help bring a dash of vintage intrigue to your room.

3. Pick Furniture Wisely

It might be tempting to purchase the king-size mattress, but a bed that large will not leave space for much else in the room. Better Homes and Gardens suggested going smaller, like a double or a twin, in addition to forgoing any excess design details, like a footboard or a canopy. A simple headboard that does not take up too much space is recommended by the source, however, since it creates a focal point for the room.

Freshome.com noted that other than the bed, you should limit the amount of furniture you have to two or three essential pieces. Try purchasing an armoire that can hold both a television and clothing, or get one dresser and mount your TV on the wall to eliminate the need for an entertainment center. Instead of a desk, get a small table with a stool you can tuck underneath. This will help open up the area and instantly make it appear larger.

4. Get Creative With Storage Options

When you do not have a lot of space to work with, creativity and functionality are key. Under-the-bed storage is a must for tiny bedrooms, noted Freshome.com. If your bed is raised, consider using bins or baskets to hold clothing, accessories, books, or gadgets. This can also be a great opportunity to add some color and style to the room. If you sleep low to the ground, try putting extra sheets and seasonal clothes in air-tight storage bags – it reduces the size of the items so you can easily slide them under your bed.

Installing shelves on your walls is another efficient way to add some more storage without sacrificing valuable space. This idea eliminates the need for a bookshelf but does not cause you to get rid of your prized novels or decorative trinkets. Instead of taking up surface space with room fans, try installing a wall mount fan or window fan. When it comes to space heaters, pick a slender option that does not take up a lot of square footage, or opt for a personal heater – since your room is so small, this will most likely be enough to keep you warm.

5. Put Your Ceiling to Good Use

It might sound a little out of the ordinary, but decorating your ceiling can actually draw the eye upward, making the whole space appear larger and more open. Paint it a light color and add a decorative touch, like a mural or a chandelier, to add intrigue while visually expanding the room.

6. What to Get Rid Of

There are a few design pieces from last year that you should toss, according to The Wall Street Journal. Chevron print fabric, mirrored furniture and furniture painted with an ombré finish are all trends that have run their courses, notes the source.


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