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Published on 02/17/23

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With thoughtful decor and clever space planning, a small bedroom can be just as stylish and functional as a larger space. Small bedrooms make up for what they lack in size by being cozy, inviting, and easy to maintain. Even if you share your small bedroom with your partner, pet, or home office, the tiniest of spaces can become high-functioning hybrid spaces that meet your needs and look great while doing it.

Check out these small space bedroom ideas for inspiration on how to create your own little nighttime oasis.

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    Use Warm Earth Tones

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    Lobster and Swan painted this small bedroom in an earthy warm shade of brownish pink that creates a relaxing ambiance perfect for cocooning. A wall-mounted live edge shelf and suspended bedside light save space and add coziness.

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    Make It Monochrome

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    Fantastic Frank went for an all-white approach in this restful and divinely simple small Scandinavian bedroom with soft white walls, a tufted upholstered headboard, and textured linens. A single Edison bulb pendant light hangs from the ceiling to complete the minimalist monochromatic look.

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    Build Custom Storage

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    Neva Interior Design added custom built-ins painted in a fresh shade of pistachio green in this petite Parisian bedroom that adds ample, easily accessible storage and creates a frame for the bed. Gold hardware on the cabinetry adds warmth and shine.

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    Layer Warm Textures

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    Sandy beiges, soft whites, and layered patterns and textures make this light-flooded midcentury modern Palm Springs bedroom from Michelle Boudreau Design feel fresh and warm.

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    Install Removable Accent Wallpaper

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    Neva Interior Design added a bold and colorful wallpaper accent wall behind the bed of this small Parisian space (use removable wallpaper if you're a renter). A custom-fit headboard with open shelving to display objects makes the space feel finished and as well looked after as every other corner of the house.

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    Highlight an Expansive View

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    A double wall of windows makes a jaw-dropping view even more striking when the room is on the smaller side, like this Northern California bedroom from Heather Hilliard Design. Neutral tones of white, pale gray, and taupe keep the focus on the lush greenery outside.

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    Focus on the Bed

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    This diminutive 1920s hunting cabin converted sunroom bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors is outfitted with nothing but a bed dressed in neutral tones that match the walls, with a George Nelson pendant light floating overhead.

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    Use Every Inch of Space

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    Ghislaine Vinas utilized every inch of this small bedroom carved out of a spacious NYC loft to create a haven for sleeping and staying up late watching marathons of your favorite shows. A long console adds storage, textured ceiling wallpaper adds interest, and a pendant light mounted close to the ceiling adds a focal point.

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    Add Romance

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    Heather Hilliard Design added a wiry canopy bed that nearly reaches the ceiling of this small bedroom, draping it with gauzy fabric to create a soft, romantic, and enveloping feel that only enhanced the room's petite proportions.

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    Texturize Walls

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    Michelle Boudreau Design added a textured wall treatment that creates a 3D effect behind the bed in this small Palm Springs bedroom decorated in shades of blue and white.

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    Brighten With Textiles

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    Studio Peake added thick floor-to-ceiling drapes in a vitamin-packed shade of orange that brightens this small London bedroom during the day and block out the light at night. A floral paneled fabric headboard adds color and vibrancy behind the bed that contrasts with the pale gray walls and doesn't take up much room in the compact space.

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    Hang Black-Out Curtains

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    Travis Londons / Studio London added dark black-out curtains to this small NYC apartment bedroom that blocks light and dampens street noise. Navy linens and a rust velvet reading chair and floor lamp in the corner add warmth and coziness that contrasts with the white walls.

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    Corrall Clutter

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    In a small space like this black-and-white bedroom from Fantastic Frank, make a feature of your collection of books, plants, and prints by corralling it all into organized stacks. Keep the palette clean with black and white bed linens and a stylish industrial task light mounted on the wall next to the bed.

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    Add a Canopy

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    This small bedroom from Studio Peake has an elegant wall-mounted canopy above the bed that adds vintage charm and makes the space feel taller and grander. A small writing desk subs for a bedside table to make the space perfect for older kids or guests.

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    Black It Out

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    Fantastic Frank went dark in this small bedroom with black paint that makes the walls recede, black flooring, and soft gray and black striped linens. A step stool side table holds reading materials.

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    Go All White

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    This dreamy bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors is taller than it is wide—it's a light and airy minimalist oasis fit for afternoon naps and long nights of perfect sleep, decorated in a relaxing wash of soft white textures from the cloud-like bed to the paper globe pendant hovering overhead.

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    Follow the Architecture

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    Ashley Montgomery Design let the eye-catching triangular window in this small bedroom be the focal point by adding wall-mounted sconces with natural woven shades, a wood bed frame, and soft bed linens in shades of beige and white—they add comfort without detracting from the main event.

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    Add an Interior Window

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    Neva Interior Design added an atelier-style wood-paneled window between the small bedroom and living room of this Paris apartment that lets light and views flow and makes both rooms feel more spacious. A simple curtain rod hanging on the inside of the bedroom offers light control or privacy when needed.

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    Drench the Walls

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    Desiree Burns Interiors drenched the walls of this small bedroom in a moody shade of medium blue that gives it an enveloping feel that is lightened up with a mix of white and blue patterned linens. A large plant in the corner and a round mirror that reflects views and light make the space feel more expansive than it is.

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    Reclaim the Windowsills

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    There's no room between the bed and the wall for a bedside table in this small Scandinavian bedroom from Fantastic Frank, so the windowsill is turned into a de facto nightstand. It's styled with a reading light, stacked books, decor objects, and a vase with an extra tall branch of white blossoms that creates a focal point.

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    Paint It Dark

    Interior designer Alvin Wayne painted the wall behind the bed of this small NYC apartment bedroom in matte black that defines the semi-open space from the adjacent living area. The dark color grounds the bed area located next to the floor-to-ceiling windows with a skyline view, and the technicolor wall art adds color and a fantastical note.

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    Create Display Space

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    Fantastic Frank squeezed in a tall white bookcase that fades into the walls of this bright white bedroom, and styled the shelves with a well-edited selection of decor objects that adds warmth to the simple space.

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    Make a Bed Alcove

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    Studio Peake created a wall of built-in clothes storage with room for a bed alcove that makes the sleep space feel cozier. Classic sconces with silk shades are mounted to the sides of the closet to save space and provide reading light. A large painting over the bed and bold patterned curtains add color, and a fluffy sheepskin on the floor adds softness underfoot.

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    Hang a Neon Light

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    Fantastic Frank skipped the headboard in this small space, tacking up a casual arrangement of black-and-white photos on the wall instead. A floor lamp on one side takes the place of a nightstand, and a wall-mounted neon sign with a friendly message adds balance on the other side.

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    Get Creative With Paint

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    Neva Interior Design added blush pink paint to the upper walls of this tight bedroom that wrap the bed with a soft wash of color, leaving the lower half white to retain an uncrowded feel. Bed linens, a small painted bedside table, and a wall-mounted sconce are coordinated in soft shades of pink with bright yellow throw pillow accents that create a cheerful ambiance.

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    Take Advantage of Vertical Space

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    Emphasize tall ceilings in a small bedroom to make the space feel larger by hanging an eye-catching chandelier or pendant light, like this London bedroom from Studio Peake.

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    Go Bold

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    While many people choose to paint their small bedrooms in neutral colors, there's no rule against taking an opposite approach and painting your bedroom in your favorite bold hue.

    In this small bedroom from Fantastic Frank, turquoise walls do most of the decorative work, leaving room for a simple bed and a black-and-white painting on the wall.

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    Add Unique Color Accents

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    Studio Peake painted this small bedroom in a soothing shade of pale blue that gives it a light and luminous feel, then added bold colorful accents in the striped curtains, zigzag pillow, wall decor, and lampshades.

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    Be Discreet

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    Fantastic Frank made the most of a tight space in this small Scandinavian bedroom by hanging an unobtrusive white metal wall sconce and a wall-mounted nightstand that blend discreetly into the white walls. This keeps the focus on the chocolate-colored upholstered headboard and casually rumpled linen bedding.

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    Keep It Neutral

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    Desiree Burns Interiors layered pale neutral textures that make this small bedroom feel cozy, from the white headboard to the framed wall decor.

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    Partition With Glass

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    Fantastic Frank added a glass and metal industrial-style door and partition in place of a solid wall and door that creates a visual link with the main space and allows light and air to flow. You can also install a glass and metal partition in an open space to create a modicum of privacy without sacrificing light or making the space feel closed off.

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    Choose an Extra-Tall Headboard

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    This small NYC apartment bedroom is visible from the main space, so the interior designer Alvin Wayne dressed it in soothing tones of gray and white that blend in with the main space. An extra-tall tufted headboard draws the eye upward, giving the small space a sense of grandeur.

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    Skip the Nightstands

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    If your bed is a tight squeeze in a narrow space, skip the nightstands and hang a pair of sconces on the side walls instead, like this bright and airy Florida bedroom from Calimia Home.

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    Bring in Quirky Details

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    Home Consultant suspended a fishnet from the ceiling to the wall above the bed that adds a focal point with a light footprint. A small alcove is turned into a bedroom office, adding functionality to the small space, while sliding glass doors leading out to a deck let light and air flood in.

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    Double Up on Lighting

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    Ashley Montgomery Design added double lighting to this small cozy bedroom, with plump, squat table lamps with off-white fabric shades that offer ambient light, and a pair of brass sconces mounted on the white shiplap walls that provide task light for reading. A still-life painting over the bed is timeless and comforting and an upholstered bed frame adds softness.

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    Embrace the Outdoors

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    Adding plants can make small bedrooms feel more welcoming and serene (be sure to choose plants that you like ). For those who lack green thumbs, you can achieve a similar mood-boosting effect by hanging a strip of vivid botanical wallpaper in shades of green instead, like this bedroom from K Shan Design. A vintage-style cane-backed headboard adds a serene feel, and a color photo of palm trees embraces the outdoors.

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    Hang Art on a Side Wall

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    Having a tiny bedroom should never prohibit you from hanging some art on the walls, but placing a photograph, painting, or framed poster above the bed might not be the best choice.

    In this small bedroom from Leanne Ford Interiors, the art is hung on the wall facing the door. It's the first thing you see on entering the space, distracting the eye from the small bed, and leaving the short wall above the bed free and clear to keep it feeling open and unencumbered.

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    Raise It Up

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    This small guest cottage mezzanine bedroom from Sissy + Marley is a space-saving adult loft space with a black and white palette that blends in with the decor below.

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    Wallpaper the Door

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    Most Lovely Things livened up this small NYC apartment bedroom by covering the inside of the door with removable wallpaper in a pink Moroccan tile pattern that adds personality without overwhelming as well as providing a ready-made Zoom background.

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    Consider Vintage Touches

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    K Shan Design added vintage charm to this small bedroom with a patterned rug and bed linens, an antique reproduction painted nightstand dresser, a curvy rattan lampshade, and thrift store wall art.

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    Play With Neutral Patterns

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    Casa Watkins Living kept this small bedroom feeling light and airy by focusing on neutrals, adding interest with a mix of graphic patterns with subtle black accents.

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    Add a Leather Headboard

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    Jessica Nelson Design gave this small neutral-toned bedroom an extra cozy feel by installing a cushy cognac leather headboard that adds warmth and comfort for lounging in bed. Wire wall sconces with woven shades and diminutive bedside tables save space.

How Do You Plan the Layout for a Small Bedroom?

First, figure out the best place to put the bed so that you have space to comfortably maneuver around the room and can easily make the bed. If you’re unsure of where to place the bed, move it around on each wall until you find the best layout.

If you’re adding a dresser, a storage bench at the end of the bed, an armchair, or a small desk or work station, be sure that you have enough room to move around the space without stubbing toes and knocking knees. Leave room to easily open and close closet doors—consider adding a barn door or a curtain on the outside of the closet if you don’t have enough clearance, or even opting for an open closet.

How Do You Decorate a Small Bedroom?

To decorate a small bedroom, start with the basics. Choose a mattress that fits the space and meets your needs without wasting limited square footage on an extra-large bed that won’t leave room for anything else.

Include bedside tables if you have enough clearance on either side of the bed, or opt for space-saving wall-mounted nightstands, ideally with a storage drawer to hide clutter. Don’t rely on harsh overhead lighting in a bedroom, instead choosing bedside lamps or sconces to add both ambient and task lighting for reading. Make sure that the room has window blinds or curtains that provide both privacy and light control.

Finally, don’t forget to personalize the space with wall art, plants, sentimental or decor objects, and soft textiles like area rugs, blankets, and throw pillows (but don’t go crazy on the throw pillows, which will make the room feel cluttered).

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