These small bedroom ideas are big on style – Part 2

16. Match headboard upholstery to cushions for a floral scheme

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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