16. Match headboard upholstery to cushions for a floral scheme
Make the bed in a plain white country bedroom special by upholstering a headboard in florals. Bring in a matching cushion or two. Here original wooden beams combine to create a pretty note in this neutral country bedroom.
17. Colour up on the bed
After a striking and original new look for your compact bedroom? Don’t be stuck in a style rut.
A mix of vibrant colours and ethnic style will lend a quirky feel. Keeping white and plain will help open out the space, so channel colour and pattern on to fabric instead.
18. Make your mark with artwork
Make a small bedroom appear larger by choosing a pale look. Add just a hint of colour with an oversized piece of artwork. With a neutral scheme, you’re free to add in any colour you like to jazz it up. This striking red painting makes a great focal point in this room.
19. Wake up walls with calligraphy
Calligraphy stickers or stencils are a nice alternative to artwork in a small bedroom. Muted colours are a great choice. Fresh white walls, plush soft furnishings and a cosy, shag-pile rug give this bedroom nook an inviting feel. A Roman blind in a sheer fabric allows for extra privacy without blocking the light from the beautiful sash window.
20. Be minimal
Make a small bedroom appear larger by choosing a predominantly white look. Neutral wood floors, crisp white walls and minimal accessories allow sunlight to flood through this chic bedroom. If you’ve a low ceiling area, such as in a loft conversion, tuck your bed under any slope. The all-white walls and ceiling bring the sloping features of the space and the feature lamp to the fore.
21. Extend a headboard
A clever way to maximise space in a small bedroom is by using a headboard for storage. Here a low room divider has been built behind the headboard, providing a spot for bedside lamps and electrics. The top of the divider also provides a handy shelf. Extra storage built into the eaves makes the most of otherwise unusable space. Strong lines in monochrome and wood give this loft space a masculine edge.
22. Perk up with pattern
Let colourful fabrics take centre stage in a small bedroom by selecting a bold print tie-on headboard cover to contrast with the duvet cover and cushions. Make the most of limited space with a high-level shelf above the panelling and a rustic oak table.
23. Paint a blue backdrop
Pick a blue paint colour to highlight a bed. The rails of this traditional metal bed have an open, airy feel that won’t cramp a small bedroom. Dress it in layers of quilts and covers featuring super-sized patterns to contrast with the blue paint, wooden beams, floorboards and storage chest.
24. Buy a day-bed with built-in storage
A day-bed is ideal for a compact guest bedroom. Use it as a sofa when you have no guests and then add bedding for when you do. This one has handy storage drawers underneath so that the under-bed area is put to good use. Cool neutral walls and a plain carpet keep the look calm, while a striped seat cushion and boat wall plaque serve up a taste of the sea.
25. Mix plains and patterns
Go for matching furniture in a neutral that matches walls and ceiling then channel pattern and colour on bedding. These cottage garden florals against a plain backdrop add charm without overpowering the small bedroom. Mix inky blues with touches of red and white, adding a pale blue rug to liven up natural flooring.
26. Pick slimline bedside furniture
Choose a narrow table over a chest of drawers and save a little floor space. This elegant round table with tapering metal legs has a tiny footprint and a generous tabletop given its proportions. Opt for a restricted colour palette, giving a small bedroom a calm look with panelled walls painted in grey, crisp white bed linen and cosy ribbed cushions. The wall-mounted light frees up space on the table for some bedtime reading.
27. Try a strawberries and cream theme
Create a country-style look in a tiny attic bedroom with off-white walls and ceiling and red and white headboard and bedding in a mix of florals and plains. This elegant, shapely headboard covered in a bold rose chintz and edged with polished brass studs is the perfect fit below a sloping ceiling. It’s teamed with a selection of floral cushions and a cosy mohair throw for a romantic country bedroom feel.
28. Introduce contrast with darkwood furniture
Buck the trend in a small bedroom with dark rather than pale furniture. It can add real character to a space. The tall chest of drawers tucks neatly below the sloped ceiling while the mahogany sleigh bed topped with a plump quilt adds a luxurious touch. A simple Roman blind made from silk damask in muted shades is an elegant fuss-solution for this small window in a bedroom under the eaves.
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