UPDATE JUNE 2016
Tiny bedrooms may be frustrating when it comes to storage, but that shouldn't mean they lack creativity. A simple colour scheme, streamlined storage and a few well-chosen necessities are all that’s needed to prove that what small bedrooms lack in space, they can more than make up for in charm and atmosphere…
MAXIMISE BED SPACE
Use a low-lying bench, two parallel stools or a cushioned table to create some extra surface area in the bedroom, without requiring a large piece of furniture.
CHOOSE CLEVER STORAGE
Stuck for storage space? Under-the-bed drawers, bedside tables with extra compartments or high-up shelves are perfect places to stow away those essentials. “Baskets and boxes are a great option to keep here, just make sure that they are not see through!” says Karen Howes of Taylor Howes.
PAINT A FEATURE WALL
A feature wall is a simple yet effective way to add some interest in a small room. Dark wall colours feel considerably warmer than a bright canvas, making them ideal for the bedroom. “Dark doesn't have to mean masculine though,” points out interior designer Sophie Paterson. “Dark aubergine, navy and charcoal grey are the perfect gender-neutral shades to ensure it feels appropriate for men and women.”
INVEST IN AN OTTOMAN BED
An ottoman bed is a small bedroom’s dream. Simply stash your winter wardrobe, overflowing shoe collection or non-essentials under your mattress and no one will ever know they existed…
SWITCH UP YOUR LIGHTING
Space-saving and bang on trend, there’s not much not to love about a pendant light. Use them in place of bedside lamps to add some edge.
STREAMLINE YOUR FURNITURE
Yes, a bedside table is an essential, but it doesn’t mean you have to invest in a bulky piece of furniture. A simple wooden stool, mini stacking ladder or slim-line aluminium number is all that’s needed for your bedside clock and book.
UTILISE ALL AREAS
Make the most of the oft overlooked areas behind the bed. Whether you add in a streamlined shelf (perfect for a candle or two) or create shelving units for your books and trinkets, it’s a space-saving way to inject personality into a room. "A light colour scheme and wall-length mirrors behind the bed will give the impression of a larger space,” adds Karen Howes of Taylor Howes.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF MIRRORS
Large mirrors will create the illusion of more space and are functional at the same time. If you wish to spend on something, save for a large floor mirror to make the walls appear taller. If you place your mirror so that it is at the far end of the room from the door as you enter, you maximise space and will feel as though the room stretches on further.
DISTRACT WITH SHELVING
By placing a shelf above your bed and decorating it with pictures or ornaments, you pull your gaze up away from the cramped floor space and instead towards a plank of wonders that lie above your head. From Scandi to more eccentric designs, add lamps to the ends, eliminating the need for a bedside table.
INVEST IN 'GHOST' FURNITURE
Take cues from the Philippe Stark Ghost Chair and invest in transparent furniture that creates a barely-there affect. Decorate a plastic transparent bedside table with a classic lamp or heavy books for a stylish but affordable finish.
BE BOLD WITH YOUR ART
Large pictures or paintings can actually make a small room seem far grander than it is. A good quality large frame filled with colours, or an unfussy picture, immediately add height and a ‘presence’ to your room.
KEEP WALLS LIGHT
Make sure to use light colours on the wall to keep the room larger. If you can, avoid heavy curtains and opt for white or cream linen to keep the bed an airy and inviting feature. Paint your floorboards a white or light grey to add a fresh look and create the desired illusion of more space.