Choosing furniture for your bedroom depends on both the atmosphere you’re trying to create and the number of functions you’re trying to accommodate in that piece of real estate – for example, some parents like to keep their bedroom as a solely adult preserve where children may enter only with permission, in other families the parent’s bedroom is a second family room where parents and kids snuggle up and lounge around on evenings and weekends.
Naturally, the first piece of furniture you need for your bedroom is the bed – and not only do you need to decide on the size from full to queen to king but also whether you want a frilly four-poster or an austere platform. Since today’s bedrooms are all about comfort and luxury, choose the largest bed that will logically fit in your space (nothing looks odder than a huge bed in a tiny room, however, so if a king won’t fit without going wall to wall, settle for a queen.
Without any further ado, here are our top picks for revamping your bedroom.
- LIGHT AND BRIGHT COLORS
The color white is an expansive and practical choice for a small bedroom. It keeps the space from looking too busy or boxed in. Using white or lighter colors combats the absence of large wall space or windows to brighten up space.
Afraid of being too stark? To keep your small bedroom from feeling cold or void of personality, layer your whites with different textures and white-on-white patterns for drama.
- DON’T USE BULKED-UP BEDS
A few inches of extra space can be vital in a small bedroom. Part ways with your footboard-style bed frame and replace it with a simple modern headboard to finish the look of your bed.
Or, opt for a Hollywood-style frame that supports the bottom of the bed and extends no further than the perimeter of the mattress.
- MAKE SPACE FOR PERSONAL SPACE
Give your guests and yourself a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit.
Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks.
It’s these finishing elements that can truly make space feel homey for visitors.
- MINIMALISM IS THE WAY TO GO
Add space to your bedroom by paring it down to your favorite essentials. The focus of this space is undeniably the bed, so keep furniture pieces and accessories down to a minimum.
Even better, use sleek, contemporary built-ins for additional storage. Built-ins maximize storage while looking like they’re not even there. A good built-in around your bed creates a cozy sleeping nook while adding plenty of storage.
- GET COZY & RELAXED
No matter the season, give yourself the hotel treatment by readying your bedroom with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets.
Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.
You also might want to have a lounge area with a table and chairs where an intimate meal can be served (or kids can color, for that matter.) The bedroom is also often the only room for an exercise area or machine. Whether that consists of a mat and a rubber ball or a complete weight machine, treadmill or exercise machine is up to you.
- STORAGE SHOULD ALSO BE A PRIORITY
Set-up your bedroom up for success with a handy place to stash clothes and toiletries
A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also, consider pulling in a woven hamper to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the decor and comfort factor.
If you’re in the market for a new bed, consider a bed with drawers underneath for extra storage. If space is so limited that drawers may not open easily, use decorative bins under your bed for additional storage.
While modern and luxurious design ideas often tell you that you need to have a sitting area, small office, or a king size bed in your bedroom, don’t forget that a bedroom’s main function is to be a place to rest and recharge. And you don’t much to create a beautiful space to do so.
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