Friday, June 14, 2013
Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas and Tips
Is your bedroom making you feel claustrophobic but you don't have the money for a home addition? Well, with a little paint, rearranging of furniture and a few tips, you can fool the eyes into thinking that the space is larger than it really is.
Furniture & Clutter
Remove unnecessary pieces of furniture and clutter. Furniture that serve many functions is a great way to save space and minimize clutter. Storage containers are a great substitute for small pieces of furniture. The containers can be purchased with or without wheels and kept hidden under the bed or in the closet. The idea is to keep the necessary large pieces of furniture in the room and remove the smaller ones. For example, one large dresser instead of two smaller dressers.
Not only will large pieces of furniture look more stylish, but they can actually add a feeling of openness to the room. Smaller pieces will just make the room feel more cramped. However, if your queen size bed is taking up too much space in the room, then maybe it is time to switch to a full size bed. If you are unwilling to give up on your queen size bed then it is a good idea to cut back on other pieces as well and turn your bed into the main focal point in the room. The more open floor space you have, the larger the room will appear. Remember to place furniture at an angle. When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance, rather than the shorter wall.
Stick to pale colors when it comes to the walls. Light greens and blues are always best choice. Not only do these two colors have a calming effect, but light also reflects to pale colors, making the room feel more spacious. Dark colors, however, will make a room seem more closed in, which we definitely don't want to happen. Painting the ceiling a shade lighter or completely white will create the illusion of a higher ceiling. Another good trick is painting the wall trims and moldings in a lighter color than the walls. This will make the wall appear further back.
Lighting is a must when it comes to a small room. The perfect amount of light will open up the room and create an illusion of space. Natural light is the best and inexpensive lighting there is. Start by removing heavy drapes and replacing them with light and flowy window treatments. If too much natural light is a problem for sleep, use mini blinds to block out the light while you catch some Zs. In the morning you can simply roll up the mini blinds and let the natural light flow right it. Swag curtains are also a great choice when it comes to window treatments for small rooms. They are very stylish, affordable and look great with mini blinds.
Mirrors are not only stylish but they can also help reflect light and give the illusion of depth to a wall. Position mirrors in front of a light source, such as open windows and doors. Closet mirrored doors are a great choice.
Stay away from dark colors and stick with a light-colored duvet cover, but make sure to keep it simple. When working with cool colors like greens and blues, choose a floral print for a more naturish feel. But do not over do it with the floral. A simple duvet cover set with one or two large floral prints on a light backdrop will do. Keep away from the scattered looked.
Easy Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Decorating your bedroom can be a great way to give your self a tranquil retreat, yet so many people neglect this room. Often times people focus on the public rooms of the home - the kitchen, living room and guest bathroom but the bedroom is your own private sanctuary and you owe yourself to decorate it!
If decorating your bedroom seems like an overwhelming task, you might want to take it easy and make small changes over a period of time instead of one huge change. On way to ease yourself into decorating the bedroom is to start with the walls. Artwork can make a huge difference in the look of your bedroom and is one decorating idea that you can easily reverse if the look doesn't work.
What is the first thing you notice when you walk into someone's home? The walls, right? Walls enclose the home, giving a thematic impression. So, if your walls are empty you've got to get to work to populate them. Wall hangings can be expensive, but that's only if you purchase something by a famous dead artist. You can create your own artwork without any art instruction whatsoever. First, you have to consider your theme. If you have a Victorian, feminine or shabby chic bedroom theme then you will want floral or feminine artwork. A modern bedroom theme will look best with prints in sleek frames. A tropical look? Then get some jungle style prints or prints of exotic animals and birds.
Do you have hundreds of pictures and just don't know what to do with them? If the idea of a personalized bedroom picture wall appeals to you, you could arrange the photos into a huge wall photo collage. Examples include pictures of exotic places, weddings, and children growing up. If there is a teenager in your home, their bedroom is probably home to a huge collection of music CDs. They can create their own wall collage using the cover art from their CDs. Although you will have more fun creating your collage yourself, there are companies that will take care of this for you. The cost ranges from about $50 for an 8x10 to $150 for a 20x24 wall collage.
If your bedroom contains foliage, you might want to consider pressing leaves or flowers and framing your work; the best of these are flat. You basically place the leaves or flowers in a book to allow them to dry flat. They are ready for your wall hanging when they become crisp. This shouldn't take longer than a week or two. After the items are pressed, you will just need to mount the artwork and hang it on your wall.
When you decorate your bedroom with artwork you are only limited by your imagination. Don't be afraid to experiment. As mentioned previously, artwork is easily reversible. So, be imaginative and creative and design your artwork.