15 Stylish Décor Ideas for Small Bedrooms

When it comes to decorating small bedrooms, the challenge often lies in finding the perfect balance between style and functionality. But just because you have less space to work in, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the stylish aspect of your bedroom. We’ve put together 15 décor ideas for your bedroom to help you maximise every inch of your room, while keeping it chic and cosy. Let’s dive in!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Decorate a Very Small Bedroom?

To decorate a very small bedroom so it’s both stylish and functional:

Choose a Light Colour Palette: Neutral colours, such as whites, creams, and light, organic tones make the space feel bigger and brighter.

Maximise Vertical Space: Use the walls for storage by adding in-built shelves.

Incorporate Mirrors: A large, curved mirror will reflect light and make the room appear more spacious.

Opt for Multi-functional Furniture: Consider furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as a bed with storage drawers underneath or a sofa bed.

How Can I Make a Small Bedroom Look Luxurious?

Creating a luxurious feel in a small bedroom can be achieved with a few strategic choices:

Quality Over Quantity: Invest in a few high-quality pieces of furniture and décor rather than filling the room with cheaper items.

Add Textural Elements: Incorporate materials, like linen, through cushions, a throw, or an upholstered headboard to add a touch of luxury.

Sophisticated Lighting: Use layered lighting with stylish fixtures; consider dimmable options to add a warm and cosy glow.

Minimalist Accessories: Choose a few minimalist-style decorative items, such as an understated lamp, plush rugs, or artwork that complements the overall décor.

Where Should a Bed Be Placed in a Small Bedroom?

The placement of the bed can significantly affect the functionality and feel of a small bedroom:

Against the Longest Wall: Placing the bed against the longest wall usually maximises floor space. This arrangement allows more room for other furniture and easier access around the bed.

Avoid Blocking Windows: Try not to place the bed directly under a window, as it can block natural light and may not be the warmest location during colder months.

Consider the Doorway: Ensure the bed does not obstruct the doorway. The room should have a clear path for easy entry and exit.

Use the Corner: Placing the bed in the corner can free up space on the opposite side for other uses like a desk or dresser.

By considering these tips, you can enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your small bedroom, making it a luxurious and practical space.

1. Light and Bright Palettes for Small Bedrooms

Selecting the right colour palette is crucial when it comes to small spaces. We recommend opting for light, neutral tones, especially in large surface areas like walls, ceilings, and floors. This also doesn’t mean you have to go neutral all over either. Try adding colourful décor for a touch of boldness, like a blue or green bedspread. However, when it comes to colour, we recommend sticking to monochromatic as too many different tones can overwhelm the space. 

Hint: Use the same colour for your walls, mouldings, and skirtings. This will work to create a seamless transition between each element and enhance the sense of space.

Looking for more bedroom inspiration? Explore Small and Stylish Bedside Table Ideas For Your Bedroom.

2. Small Bedroom Mirrors to Enhance Space

A strategically placed mirror can transform a small bedroom, making it appear larger and more inviting. You might consider placing a large floor mirror opposite a window to maximise the reflection of natural light. We also recommend opting for a mirror that is curved or organically shaped, this can help with the movement of the room and won't add any harsh lines.

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Mood board created by Black Koi Design Studio on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

3. Multi-Functional Small Bedroom Furniture

Opting for bedroom furniture that serves multiple purposes will increase the utility of your small bedroom. For example, beds with integrated storage can eliminate the need for additional drawers or shelves. Even an ottoman at the end of the bed can provide extra storage or additional seating so you don’t have to incorporate an armchair.

If you’re redecorating a small guest bedroom, have you thought about a sofa bed? Sofa beds can be a perfect option if you’re limited in space but still want guests to feel at home when they stay with you.

If you’re looking for more sofa bed inspiration, Lounge Lovers has a complete guide to choosing the right sofa bed for your space.

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4. Wall-Mounted Lighting for a Small Bedroom

Installing wall-mounted lights frees up space on bedside tables and provides a cleaner look. Plus, don’t wall sconces just look so incredibly chic? We recommend considering dimmable wall scones to create a beautiful ambiance, but which also have the option to be turned bright when needed. This ticks both the functionality and stylish box in one product.

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Image credit: The Beach Abode | The Palm Co 

5. Vertical Storage Solutions in a Small Bedroom

Installing vertical shelving units is the perfect way to maximise space. These can house everything from books and plants to décor and personal items while drawing the eye upward and creating a sense of height. Opt for open shelving, which looks less bulky than closed cupboards and keeps the room feeling open and light.

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6. Statement Art Pieces for Small Bedroom Décor

A large piece of art can serve as a stunning focal point in a small bedroom, drawing attention and setting the tone for the space. Choose a piece that complements the colour palette and style of the room. This can be an oversized painting or a textile art piece that adds texture and interest.

7. Sliding Bedroom Doors

Have you thought about replacing your traditional wardrobe doors with sliding doors to save space? This avoids the need for clearance space for doors to swing open, allowing for more room for other furniture and easier movement. Plus, sliding doors can add a chic touch to your space, such as barn doors, which work on a track that’s situated above the doorway. It’s the perfect way to add character and save space.

Mood board created by AlexandraT15 on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Mood board created by Stevie Renae Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

8. Add Visual Height to Your Small Bedroom

We briefly touched on installing vertical shelves, but did you know there are so many other ways to add visual height to your room? Including hanging your curtains from the ceiling, rather than just about the window, or even opting for a taller bedhead. Each element will work to bring your eyes up and seemingly open the room.

9. Opt for Simplistic Bedroom Furniture and Décor

Less really is more when it comes to small bedrooms. We recommend leaving bold, detailed pieces of furniture for other spaces within your home and opting for simplistic furniture instead. This could be a light-coloured timber bedframe, an understated bedside table, or lamps with simple shades that won’t overpower the room.

Image credit: The Palm Co 

Image credit: The Palm Co 

10. Window Treatments for Your Small Bedroom

It’s best to keep window treatments simple and streamlined. Heavy, dark curtains can overpower a small room, so choose light fabrics and shades that allow natural light to filter through, enhancing the room's overall openness and airiness. We just love how linen curtains and sheers look in a small bedroom.

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11. Floating Shelves for Décor and Functionality

Use floating shelves to display decorative items or store books, which helps to declutter the space while adding personality. Floating shelves can also be an alternative to bedside tables if you’re looking for more floor space as well. We recommend opting for shelves in materials that complement other elements in the room, such as timber, or even in a colour that matches the walls to help open the space.

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Image credit: Studio Haus Co | Villa Styling 

12. Choose the Right Bedroom Rug

Rugs are an important part of your bedroom décor as they can really make or break the space. They’re perfect for defining areas within the room and can assist with creating depth but choosing the right bedroom rug requires a bit of consideration. We recommend opting for a patterned rug in a colour that complements the rest of your palette. This way, you’ll have interest in the pattern, but it won’t be overwhelmingly bright or boldly coloured. The size of your rug matters as well, you need to ensure it fits well under your bed while also extending around it. This is the key to making your room appear larger.

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Mood board created by Tory Butler on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

13. Add Texture to Your Small Bedroom

Rugs are perfect for adding texture, but there are also plenty of different ways to achieve that extra depth in your bedroom. Depth is important in a small bedroom as it helps to keep the space cosy and livable. If you didn’t have both visual and physical texture in your room, it might feel a little boring and cold. Try mixing materials, such as a linen throw or cushion with a cotton bedspread, to create contrast and difference.

14. Opt for a Minimalist Small Bedroom Style

Embracing a minimalist style can make a small space feel much larger. Choose a simple colour palette and keep surfaces clear of clutter. Invest in a few high-quality pieces instead of multiple items that could crowd the space. This approach not only enhances the feeling of space but also focuses attention on the carefully selected furniture and décor. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of minimalism to help create a relaxing atmosphere?

If minimalist style is your thing, we’ve got Minimalist Bedroom Designs That Are Stylish and Functional.

15. Proportionate Bedroom Furniture

Selecting bedroom furniture that is proportionate to your space is key to achieving both style and functionality. If you choose a bedhead or bedside tables that are too large, there won’t be any room for movement and your bedroom could feel cluttered. But this also goes the other way where choosing furniture that is too small may off-balance the space as well. We recommend measuring everything before making any decisions. A good way to weigh up your options is by creating several mood boards of the bedroom you want to achieve, all with different sized furniture and décor. Then once you know the measurements, you can compare them against your mood board projects to ensure it all works.

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