Your bedroom is your sanctuary, your own private space away from the rest of the world, and indeed the rest of the household. This is particularly the case for the younger members of the family. We were all kids and teenagers once, so although it sometimes seems frustrating when they disappear into their rooms for hours on end, we can identify with them at the same time.
Of course, for many youngsters, and for some oldsters too, the bedroom can sometimes be more like a prison cell. We are not all blessed with palatial homes, so let’s take a look at how we can make the best use of the available space in a smaller bedroom.
You would be surprised just how much space a door takes up in opening and closing. For a smaller room, that can amount to a significant chunk of the room, and place severe restrictions on what furniture you can place where.
If this sounds familiar, why not replace the traditional door with a folding or sliding one. You will be amazed at the difference it makes.
Alternatively, consider a partially glazed door to make the room lighter and lend a spacious feel. You can use frosted glass to maintain privacy.
There is a general consensus that light colours make a room look bigger, but it is not always that simple. According to some designers, a darker colour makes the room appear higher. Also, consider a uniform colour across floor, skirting boards and walls.
On the subject of skirting boards, do not be afraid to experiment – a higher board can give an interesting layered texture so that the uniform colour is still interesting, and creates a distinguished feel. There are numerous types of boards available these days from companies like Skirting Boards Direct, so have a look and see what appeals.
Mirrors are a great way of making a room look bigger. It is often said when looking at bathroom designs, but it holds equally true for a bedroom. Go large, and think beyond a simple mirror on the wall.
A mirrored wardrobe is perfect in a small bedroom, as it also increases light and is highly practical. You can even get mirrored headboards, which give a bit of 1980s disco glamour!
One way of fitting more furniture into the bedroom without making it looked cluttered is to float it on the wall. This is particularly effective with things like bedside tables, but can also work with other items, too.
You can buy furnishings that are specifically designed to be wall mounted, or you can adapt your own by sawing the legs off and attaching brackets. Just make sure you fix them securely, to avoid things going crash in the night.
Why stop at the walls? You have all that ceiling space too, so make use of it. Pendant lights that hang from the ceiling make an interesting alternative to traditional bedside lamps, and also give a greater impression of height.