steal the look:
small bedroom design tricks
Starting from scratch? Decorating on a tight budget? Challenged with a really tiny room? We styled this cozy space from the ground up with details that'll make your bedroom just right.
Since the bed is the star of the space, swapping out the linens will dramatically impact the overall look (and feel) of the room. Invest in the right long-lasting pieces like pure organic cotton percale sheets, which are perfect year-round.
Haberdash Marine Color Block Duvet Cover
If you're in love with your duvet and looking for a more subtle seasonal touch, add a throw into the mix. It's the perfect way to work in color in a non-committal way. We chose shades of pink to complement the moody blues. Get four more tips for layering color and pattern in the bedroom.
Frog Hill Designs
Since the bed is the room's focal point, the wall above it is extremely valuable territory. The largest piece, your anchor, should be at least 2/3 the length of the headboard. Before you hang, make sure there is about 8 to 10 inches between the top of the headboard and the bottom of the frame. If you have a grouping, visualize how you would like to see the pieces work together on the wall. The more tightly you group the art (especially in a small space) the more impact it will have. As a general rule of thumb, it's good to leave about two inches between each piece of art. Get more hanging tips.
My Words Blow Away
Prickly Pear Paddles
|swing lamp |
Mounting your light source saves space and lets you control where you're directing the light. (Nighttime readers, this will be most helpful for you.) We chose a brass and black combo for the fixture to carry out the overall warm and cozy vibe.
St. Germain Swing Lamp
Your most reached-for accessories deserve a spot for resting safely, too. (OK, we admit that this might not be the most organized method BUT it sure is pretty...)
Alice Blue Necklace
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer
The bed is this room's focal point. What does that really mean? A bed without a headboard can feel like a room without a focus. Don't feel any pressure to invest in a large, cumbersome piece, headboards should be tall enough to lean on comfortably while reading (we suggest about 2 feet tall). Since all eyes will most definitely be on this piece, set the tone with the style. Here, wood warms up the space and plays nice with the moody blue.
There's no such thing as one universal color that puts everyone to sleep. (But we can all dream!) Choose a hue that makes you feel relaxed, calm, and in your comfort zone. We're feeling this restorative and restful shade of blue. "Galapagos Blue" by Benjamin Moore See more bedroom paint color ideas.
Bare feet on cold floor? Not the best wake-up call. While some prefer wall-to-wall carpeting, most just want something soft to land on when hopping out of bed in the morning. A hand-knotted rug in a fresh shade of green will complement the blue walls. And when it comes to shape, rectangular is a popular (and the most versatile) choice.
Hand-knotted Vintage Turkish Overdyed Area Rug 5'3X8'8
|bedside surface |
Sofa needs coffee table. Bed needs bedside surface. Pretty much anything–chair, stool, bench–can step in as a nightstand for resting essentials like alarm clock, books, carafe, reading glasses. (TIP: Choose a piece that's about the same height as the mattress.)
Zambia Royal Blue Bench
Gibbons Bench – Plum
|bench 1 |
While drawers are always welcome (hello, extra storage), don't feel the need to commit to the traditional bedside table. A soft surface can double as seating. If you want to stick with the palette, choose a cushioned bench in a rich royal blue.
|bench 2 |
A tufted piece (in a luxurious plum hue) adds an elegant touch to a pretty classic setup. Take advantage of underneath the bench for stacking books, magazines, or slippers.