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Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger

A small bedroom poses plenty of challenges when it comes to storage and layout. Even worse is how to make it feel larger. Learn how to make a small bedroom feel larger using color, layout, and furniture to make the most of your small bedroom.

bedside table with sconce lighting above next to the bed

Our master bedroom is small. I mean really small. It has been a challenge to keep clean and organized for the last 17 years.

I have tried several different layouts, changed dressers, and even repainted in the hopes of making it look larger. My husband says every time I paint we lose square footage. Hahaha!!

This latest update is a long time coming and I love how it turned out! I’m breaking a couple of design rules, but as Audrey Hepburn said, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

See how I changed the layout of our master bedroom to maximize space and my inspiration for this makeover, and be sure to check out how to master a small master closet.

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Let’s talk about how to make a small bedroom feel larger and have it still be functional. Let’s break a couple of rules!

1. Choose the right paint color.

bedroom with dark grey walls and white bedspread on the bed

There are many schools of thought when it comes to using paint color in a small space. You may have heard to paint it a light color and yes this does work. Light colored paint helps the light bounce around making the space feel larger.

You may have heard not to be afraid of using a dark color in a small space. That it will actually make the space feel larger. This too is true.

So what’s the right way to do it? Well that depends on the amount of light you have in the space. If you have lots of light, natural or artificial, then be daring and go for that dark color you’ve been eyeing from afar.

If lighting is an issue, then either add more artificial light or stay the course with light colored paint. Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls also helps make a space seem bigger because there isn’t a hard stop to the eyes when they reach the ceiling.

We don’t have a lot of natural light in this room, but I chose a dark color for our master bedroom makeover and I absolutely love it! How did I make the dark color work in a room with only one window? Well….

dresser on white wall contrasting with dark grey wall to make a small bedroom feel larger

I only painted three walls the dark color and one wall I painted white. I am so in love with Valspar’s Ocean Storm. It’s a dark gray that is masculine and modern. Now you may be thinking, oh no, not a feature wall! Yes! A feature wall. It is opposite the window so the light reflects off the light wall and helps to make it feel larger. I love the feminine feel and clean look of Valspar’s Blizzard Fog it is the perfect contrast to the other 3 walls.

It serves a purpose and the black picture frames I bought stand out and make a statement. Feature walls are not dead my friend, if you like them and they serve a purpose, then go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you they are a thing of the past. Break the rules.

2. Use lighting to make a small bedroom feel larger.

modern plug in sconce on grey wall over bedside table

Lighting is key to helping make a small space feel bigger. Hopefully you are lucky enough to be blessed with a ton of natural light. As you already know, we are not so lucky. Future plans include adding another window, but until then here is what we did.

Sconces. They solve two problems in this small master bedroom. They add more light to the space and they don’t take up space on the bedside tables. Win, win!

These modern sconces from Wayfair put off a lot of light and there is no need to hard wire them. They simply plug into an outlet and you let the cord hang down. I can’t tell you how happy I was when that became an acceptable design element again.

We plugged them into our Alexa and they are voice controlled. I giggle every time I tell her to turn the lights on or off. It’s the little things in life.

The less cluttered your small space is, the bigger it will feel. Eliminating the need for a lamp on your bedside table frees up space and cuts down on the clutter.

3. Choose the right dressers to make a small bedroom feel larger.

white bedspread with dresser against dark grey wall

Traditionally you have a dresser and a chest of drawers. A dresser is the long, short piece and the chest of drawers is the tall piece.

We had one of each at one point and it limited us to just one layout for our small bedroom.

So we changed it up and bought 2 chest of drawers when we got our new bedroom suite. There we go, breaking the rules again. The set of chest of drawers allowed me to rearrange the room to make our small bedroom feel larger.

dresser top with potted plant and mirrored jewelry box

I also cut down the clutter on top of them. A simple potted plant and my jewelry box on one and a wicker storage box with lid for my husband’s dresser. That man ends up with more papers on his dresser! Now I just tuck it away.

Less clutter makes the surface easier to clean and helps to stream line the look of the small bedroom to make it feel larger.

4. Night stands with drawers add storage to make a small bedroom feel larger

bedside table with sconce lighting above next to the bed to make a small bedroom feel larger.

In a small bedroom, it’s hard to find space to keep everything. No matter how hard I try to downsize and get rid of “stuff”, inevitably it finds its way into our bedroom.

Having nightstands with drawers is a great way to hide away clutter. These cute mid century modern nightstands from Wayfair are the perfect small nightstand for our bedroom. They come already assembled, just unpack them and put them in place.

They don’t take up too much space, the drawers are big enough to hide clutter out of sight, and the surface is small enough to keep me from adding too much decor to it.

surface of nightstand with a plant in a white pot sitting on a stack of 3 books and an alarm clock

There is still plenty of space between them and the walls which helps make a small bedroom fell larger.

5. Using contrast to make a small bedroom feel larger.

closeup of white comforter

I wanted to go with a monochromatic color scheme in this room, but we are back to lack of natural lighting. It would have made the room seem even smaller than it already is.

To make a small bedroom feel larger use contrast in colors. I did it with the wall color and by adding this comforter from Wayfair I added even more contrast to the space.

The Aiden Comforter set is great quality! I love the raised polka dots that add texture to it. It is very soft and comes with 2 regular pillow shams, 2 Euro shams, and 2 accent pillows.

If you’re anything like me, you want a comforter that will fit your bed. I mean, having to wrestle your spouse in the middle of the night just to get your share can be a real hassle.

white comforter on a bed

We have a queen size bed, but I always buy comforters in king size. That way you are sure to cover the sheet without tucking in the sides and you and your spouse don’t have to play tug-o-war all night to stay covered up.

6. Choosing and arranging the wall decor for a small bedroom.

grouping of 4 framed pictures in black frames on white wall next to the chest of drawers

When it’s time to add artwork to a small bedroom, think large and minimal. This grouping of 4 framed photos creates a large work of art that stands out on the white wall.

It’s the only wall decor on that wall and the minimal feel makes the small bedroom seem larger.

Large text print that says You Me & the dogs on the wall next to closet doors

This large print makes a statement on the wall next to the closet doors. Once again it’s the only thing on this wall.

I started to hang something on each side of the bed beside the sconces, but I stopped myself. Less is more. It definitely makes a small bedroom feel larger when you don’t have every inch of wall space filled.

There you have it. My best tips to make a small bedroom feel larger. Choose the right paint color based on your lighting, add sconces because they won’t take up space on your night stands and choose the right pieces of furniture. Use contrast to make your bedroom feel larger and use larger pieces of artwork on the walls, but keep it to a minimum.

I love how our small master bedroom turned out, good things come to those that wait!

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2 image collage of small bedroom makeover reveal pin it to Pinterest

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Happy Decorating,

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  1. These are great tips! Our bedroom is tiny, too so I’m going to give some of these a try. Your bedroom looks so good! By the way- my husband says the same thing about the paint. Haha!

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