Making a small bedroom appear bigger

Posted by admin - February 25, 2016 - Designer Insights, Interior Design

They say size doesn’t matter but when it comes to small rooms, the bigger we can make them appear, the better. This is certainly the case when it comes to bedrooms, after all bedrooms are all about spreading out, relaxing and making the most of our private space.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways we can make a bedroom appear bigger without having to have an extension of exchange a double bed for a single!

Draw the eye upwards

You can help make a room appear taller by drawing the eye upwards. This can be achieved through a number of ways, including painting the ceiling in a colour other than white or wallpapering it so they eye gets drawn upwards as the ceiling is more noticeable.

In fact opting for light coloured walls and a darker shade for the ceiling will generate a feeling of depth and craft the illusion of height.

Another way to draw the eye upwards is to hang shelving, paintings, mirrors and other features and accessories close to the ceiling.

See-through headboards

Natural daylight will help make a small bedroom appear bigger and you should therefore encourage as much as the sun’s natural rays to stream into the room as possible. Avoid daylight-blocking objects such as solid headboards and opt for see-through alternatives instead, such as a metal or woven bamboo frame in order to make the most of the natural light as possible.

Paint in lighter hues

When it comes to small bedrooms, dark colours are definite interior design no-no. Instead opt for lighter hues such as whites, pale greys, pastel blues and creams, in order to keep the room looking bright, airy and for want for a better word, bigger.

Replace curtains for blinds

Unless they are extremely thin, curtains can tend to be a bit overpowering in a small bedroom. By bellowing out, full curtains can take up valuable inches in a room that is challenged for space.

Whilst going completely window treatment free isn’t really an option in a bedroom where privacy is required, opting for blinds instead of curtains that are a snugger fit to the window and frame will generate a feeling of a greater amount of space.


We all know the golden rule when it comes to small living spaces but it’s one that can’t be overemphasised – use mirror to bounce light around, create reflections and craft the illusion of a bigger bedroom.

Don’t be afraid to have mirrored wardrobes and cupboards installed into a small bedroom as floor to wall mirrors will help make the room look and feel more spacious.


It might sound obvious but de-cluttering the bedroom and removing unnecessary items will literally give you more space in the room. Ask yourself what you really need in your bedroom. A bed, bedside table and lamp might suffice?