21 Smart Ways To Make A Small Bedroom Look Bigger

How to make your bedroom look bigger

Transform your small bedroom into a more spacious haven with these creative tips and tricks.

I know the frustration! Your home is small, but you don’t want it to feel that way. Small spaces can be challenging, especially bedrooms where the space is dominated by large furniture. 

The great news is there are lots of tricks you can utilise to make your bedroom feel bigger than it is.

From using mirrors strategically to choosing the right storage for your space, in this post, I share all the best ideas on how to make a small bedroom look bigger.

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How To Make A Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Keep Your Walls Light

Light decor is the fastest way to make your bedroom feel more spacious. Light-coloured walls, ceiling, and trims help reflect light, which helps visually expand the space. But this doesn’t mean every wall must be painted in a clinical shade of white. Paint colours and wallpapers in different shades are great to use; just ensure they are light and bright.

Still want to inject your favourite shade of navy or forest green into your bedroom? Soft furnishing and accessories, such as cushions and throws, are perfect for adding darker colours to your light-coloured bedroom without compromising its airy appearance.

How to make a small bedroom look bigger

Make Bulky Furniture Disappear

From beds to wardrobes and everything in between, the bedroom is home to large furniture, and these bulky pieces can really dominate the space.

If your bedroom is overwhelmed by oversized furniture, consider switching your storage for furniture that matches the colour of your walls. Furniture that is the same colour as your walls will reduce its visual impact and help it blend into the surroundings, making your bedroom feel more airy and spacious.

These large chests of drawers are the perfect example of how bigger pieces of furniture almost disappear into the walls when both colours match.

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Maximise Natural Light

Natural light has magical powers to make a room appear more spacious and open. Even if your bedroom isn’t blessed with an abundance of natural light streaming through the windows, there are many tricks interior designers like to utilise to make the most of the natural light available.

Firstly, keep your windows clear and ensure your window dressing isn’t obstructing the light. Fully open blinds during the day and pull curtains back.

If you still need privacy during the day, consider sheer curtains that let plenty of natural light pass through. This curtain guide will help you find the best window dressing for your bedroom.

Using lighting to make small bedroom look bigger

Play With Artificial Lighting

Supplement your bedroom’s natural light with artificial light to help make your bedroom feel more airy and bigger. Strategically place ambient, task, and accent lighting around your bedroom to evenly illuminate the space. Try to eliminate any dark corners, as these can make your room feel smaller.

Knowing what lighting should be in a bedroom can be tricky. This bedroom lighting guide will teach you everything you need to know for the best results.

Create Space With Mirrors

You are probably familiar with the concept of using mirrors to make a space feel bigger since it is one of the worst-kept secrets in design. However, using mirrors successfully to make a room feel larger requires a little more planning.

A mirror’s placement is key. Size also matters, and larger mirrors will generally create a greater sense of space.

Opposite a window

Placing a mirror opposite a window helps reflect natural light into the room, making it feel brighter.

On a focal wall

A mirror on a focal wall ensures attention is drawn here, adding a sense of expansiveness to the space.

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Pick Mirrored Furniture

A creative way of introducing more mirrors into your small bedroom is through mirrored furniture. Mirrored furniture looks much less heavy and bulky, helping to maintain a sense of openness and airiness in your bedroom.

A mirrored headboard is a creative way of giving a small bedroom the illusion of more space. Not only does it create a focal point, but it also works wonders at bouncing light around the small space.

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Clear Surfaces To Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger

When it comes to small rooms, busy surfaces really contribute to making the space feel cramped and small. Placing bedside lamps on the wall is one of the easiest ways to free up surface space on your nightstands, creating a clutter-free, more spacious aesthetic.

Bedroom lighting

Opt For Multifunctional Furniture

Make your bedroom feel bigger by choosing multifunctional furniture. Furniture that serves multiple functions will help you reduce the quantity of furniture you need in your small bedroom. Think dressing table that doubles as your bedside table, a wall mirror that opens up to reveal hooks, or even a vanity table stool with storage hidden inside. There are many ways to maximise your furniture’s potential.

Multifunctional bedroom furniture
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Create A Focal Point

Draw attention away from your small room size by creating a focal point. Larger furniture in a bedroom often has a low profile, such as beds and dressing tables. This can lead to a bedroom feeling off balance.

By creating a focal point on your walls, you help to draw the eye up and away from the floor. This helps draw attention to the more open space of the room, making it appear more visually spacious.

Your bedroom focal point doesn’t need to be large or over-the-top. A couple of framed prints could be all you need to balance your space. Use these gallery wall ideas to help inspire your bedroom’s accent wall.

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Consider A Loft Bed

If your room is very small, consider a loft bed to free up valuable space. The space underneath the loft bed can be used for various purposes, such as additional storage, a dressing area, or even your very own bedroom lounge area.

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Use All Your Walls

Utilise the space on your walls by introducing vertical storage. Use wall shelves, cupboards, or picture ledges as additional storage space and to help you avoid storing items on your floor. Keeping your floor space free of clutter will help make your bedroom appear larger and more inviting.

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Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger With Floating Furniture

Use wall-mounted furniture to keep your bedroom floor visible to help create the illusion of more space. When we see more floor space we naturally perceive the space as larger.

Wall-mounted bedside tables or dressing tables are two great ways of keeping your floor visible to create that sense of airiness.

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Elevate With Furniture On Legs

If wall-mounted furniture isn’t an option (maybe your walls are paper thin and not up to the job, or you’re a renter who wants their deposit back at the end of their tenancy), no worries.

Furniture on slim legs is also an effective way of keeping floor space visible. Whether it’s your bedside table, chest of drawers or even your bed, seeing the floor under your furniture will help create a more spacious environment.

Bedroom nightstand on legs

Declutter To Free-Up Space

It may seem obvious, but decluttering your room is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your small bedroom look bigger.

Clutter creates visual noise, and this visual overload can make a bedroom feel chaotic and cramped. By minimising what you own, you can create a more spacious bedroom.

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Hide Smaller Items

Freeing your bedroom of visual noise is the fastest way to achieve an open and airy look. Once you have finished decluttering, hide smaller items away. Whether under your bed, in a closet, or inside a drawer, clear your surfaces of smaller items to reduce visual overload.

This doesn’t just apply to your perfumes and lotions; also reduce your decorative items, such as vases and plants, that collectively might overwhelm your small space.

Create The Illusion Of A Bigger Bedroom With Stripes

Stripes are an effective way of manipulating the perception of space. Used vertically, they can make a room appear taller and used horizontally, they can make a room appear wider.

In a small room, I love introducing a subtle stripe through a feature wallpaper. These soft patterns help elongate the space without overwhelming it.

How to make a small bedroom look bigger with stripe wallpaper
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Choose Slim Furniture

When you want to make your bedroom appear bigger but don’t want to sacrifice furniture, slim alternatives could be the answer. Slimmer furniture looks less bulky and will help open up walkways and floor space while still providing storage.

How to make a small bedroom look bigger with slim furniture

Limit soft furnishings

As tempting as it can be to decorate your bed with bedspreads, throws and extensive decorative cushions, soft furnishings can overwhelm a small space.

To keep your bedroom feeling open and bigger than it is, limit soft furnishings. A few cushions and one throw will give you the same desired effect without creating excessive visual clutter.

Bed with soft furnishings

Make Your Ceiling Appear Higher

Furniture that is lower in height will create the illusion of more wall space, which will make your bedroom feel larger. This can be particularly beneficial in bedrooms with low ceilings.

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Consider Furniture Proportions

When furnishing a small bedroom, it is important to consider the propositions of your space and the visual flow. To create a well-balanced room that appears propositional, don’t place all bulky furniture along one wall and, if possible, avoid placing bulky furniture near the entrance. Seeing large furniture as soon as you enter a room can make a room appear smaller and overwhelm the space.

It is also good practice to consider how you will move through your space. Try to keep all walkways free of furniture to make manoeuvring around your room easy.

Embrace Empty Space

And last but definitely not least, do not be afraid of space. When your bedroom is small, empty space can be an extremely effective way of balancing out visual weight. When looking at your whole room, free space gives the eye somewhere to rest and can create the illusion of a bigger room.

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