Easy Tricks to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Easy Tricks to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

A small bedroom can feel really cosy but a single mistake in the arrangement will instantly lead to the accumulation of clutter. What does it take to maintain order and create the illusion of more space? The answer is simple – strategic home interior design is required!

Through a couple of simple techniques, experienced interior designers can create the illusion of space. Here are some of the most effective strategies that you can put to the test in your bedroom right now.

Wall Colour

We’ve discussed  the importance of colour  and the psychology of colour when it comes to home interior design. Colour can play a very important functional role in the physical space and how people perceive a space.

Certain tones open up a space and make it look much bigger while others will optically create the illusion of a smaller room.

If you want to open up your bedroom, choose lighter tones. White, beige, light yellow, light blue or green are all good choices.  Lighter tones will reflect more light – an effect that optically enlarges a space.

Avoid darker paints – if you want to feature such a colour, employ it sparingly. Turning it into an accent that creates a focal point will be more than enough.

Opt for Vertical Rather Than Horizontal Arrangements

Most of the time, we place and arrange items horizontally. A simple switch can help a bedroom become roomier and more organised at the same time. That switch revolves around using vertical rather than horizontal space effectively.

The walls provide excellent opportunities for the creation of storage space and the placement of bedroom essentials.

Built-in shelves that extend from the floor to the ceiling are inexpensive and a great choice for any bedroom, regardless of interior design style. You can also utilise vertical space that often remains unemployed – the wall above the door, a nook behind it, the space above a wardrobe. Use the higher spots for the placement of belongings you don’t need that often. More accessible shelves should be used for everyday essentials.

Exaggerate Vertical Space

Apart from using the walls to increase the amount of available storage, you can also exaggerate vertical space to make the bedroom seem taller and roomier.

Vertical panels will work wonderfully well within that context.

A tall mirror, a wooden sliding door (hiding a closet behind) or even wallpaper featuring vertical stripes will all be good choices.

You can also employ a tall headboard behind the bed to achieve the same result.

Don’t go for a rectangular, chunky design – it will only occupy space without enhancing the room’s interior in any way. Choose an elegant, tall design (preferably executed in a lighter colour palette) to direct the eye upward towards the ceiling.

Furniture Arrangement and Selection

Take a look at the way your furniture is organised right now. Unless you’re a home interior design professional, chances are that you’ve committed at least a few mistakes that reduce the amount of available space.

Most of us have the tendency to push larger pieces of furniture against the wall. While this may seem like the intuitive thing to do, it will often contribute to a bedroom that feels much more claustrophobic than it actually is.

A bed pushed against the wall isn’t optimal. Instead, try to pull the bed in the centre of the main wall, leaving sufficiently big walking spaces on all sides. Even if these are fairly narrow, they will create some flow and a dynamic layout in the bedroom.

Speaking of the bed, consider getting a shape and design that matches the scale of the room.

All furniture should be sized correctly. This is especially important for massive pieces like the bed.  A bed that has built-in storage underneath is a good dual-purpose furniture piece. You can also consider an elegant design that features tall bedposts – just like the headboard, these can elongate the room.


Good illumination will be especially important in the evening when you want to experience a sense of comfort without being overwhelmed by all of the stuff in the bedroom.

Create functional zones with different kinds of lighting – a space to get dressed, a reading corner, a wellness area. Depending on the intended activity, you can opt for more focused illumination or ambient lights that create a certain mood.

In terms of light colour, go for warm and soft. If possible, attempt placing lights close to mirrors. Having some of the glow reflected will increase brightness and spaciousness.

Interior design professionals will often employ these approaches and tricks with lighting to make the most of smaller HDB flats.

Home Guide’s home interior design experts are especially skilled when it comes to executing such projects. Contact us now if have a small bedroom  that can really benefit from interior design techniques that optimize space. Even the tiniest of residential spaces can be transformed and enhanced through the power of strategic renovations and well-chosen home décor.

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