It’s lovely when other motivated creatives reach out and offer their insights and passions that I know my readers would appreciate. Here is one such post that the talented Laura Deane wanted to share with me when she reached out via email.
If you’re desperate for storage ideas and some serious design hacks, this post is for you. If you’re struggling to create your dream bedroom because it feels too small and apply a few of the hints and tips provided to us from Sydney Interior Designer Laura Deane, you can still pack plenty of style into a small space — without having to break a sweat or the bank. And you know how much I value the moto – less is more.
Ready to embrace your small bedroom? Feel free to check out the detailed infographic at the bottom of this blog post which illustrates ways you can get the most out of your tiny bedroom
# 1: Foldable washing baskets – Buy several and then stash them under your bed when they aren’t in use.
#2: Over door storage – Hanging storage on the back of bedroom doors works brilliantly especially in kids rooms. Store items like shoes or toys that need to be accessed easily and can be tidied away fast.
#3: Buy a bed frame with under mattress drawers – Storage beds are one of the most obvious storage hacks for small bedrooms, but they’re also among the best. While every kind of space‑saving bed will open up space in your bedroom, storage beds can give you as many drawers as a dresser.
Whether you use those drawers for storing clothes, files, or your mid 90’s movie collection is entirely up to you.
#4: Make sure your bedside tables have drawers – As pretty as bedside tables can be when it just a table, you really do need drawers to keep your stuff stashed. Think hand creams, books, glasses etc. Use them and then pack them away before getting so well-deserved shut eye.
#5: Install wall sconces – Instead of taking up precious bedside table real estate, hang your reading lights above the bed or to the side with a wall sconce.
#6: Use colour wisely – To create the feeling of more space in a small room, stick to one single colour, this will help create more space as with no point of reference and no contrasts, you’re less aware of where things stop and start.
#7: Customise with built in’s – Over-head wardrobes are an excellent way to add extra storage when you might not have the room. Hidden storage can be easily incorporated within any bespoke designed fitted furniture concept. For example, take advantage of awkward niches, corners, nooks, and crannies with a built-in bench. Even though it might not seem like useable space when you first look at it, a simple bench, cushions, and wall art can give it a brand new second life.
#8: Airy, light hues – When decorating small bedrooms, one of the best ways to maximise space is to use light and fresh colours. And not just basic white. Hues such as soft sorbet-pinks, greys or off-whites will help to ensure the room feels bigger.
#9 Light carpets – Light, neutral colours accentuate a feeling of space and brightness so avoid dark deep shades that can make a room seem smaller on your floors. Creams and beiges are timeless when it comes to carpet and there are many different neutrals to choose from.
#10 Mirrors – Strategic styling is key when it comes to decorating a smaller bedroom. Additional mirrors and mirrored furniture is a clever way to reflect light. It will make any small bedroom feel much bigger, giving it a brighter feel. And don’t be afraid to play around with how many mirrors you choose. Whether it’s floor-length styles, or small rounded ones above vanity tables, the more you opt for (within reason) the brighter the room will feel.
#11 Use bigger, but fewer things – It may seem counter intuitive but outfitting a small space with just a few large-scale pieces (rather than a mishmash of pint-size furniture) can make it feel grander. And resist the urge to push all your furniture up against the walls. If you leave space behind the furniture, it makes the room look wider than it is.
#12 Use foldable furniture – Can’t fit an accent chair into the corner to pile all your clothes on? Use a slim stool instead—even better if it’s foldable so you can tuck to away when not in use. This will keep the mess to a minimum.
If you’re looking for more tips like – be sure to catch Laura Deane on Instagram @LauraDeaneDesign
Happy designing friends.