Your bedroom is not just a room for sleeping; it is also your sanctuary, and it’s a place where you are at your most vulnerable and have some of your most intimate moments. During the pandemic, it may even double as your office! As a result, your bedroom should reflect you as a person and feel as flowing and spacious as possible.
But decorating your bedroom can be difficult if it’s lacking in space. This is especially true if you live in a newly-built condo building with more compact designs. The average size of a one bedroom unit in Canada is approximately 660 square feet, which real estate agents in Toronto will tell you isn’t a lot of space for bedroom add-ons.
But don’t be discouraged if you have a small bedroom! There are many ways you can design your dream bedroom to look spacious, stylish, and cozy, even if it’s lacking in size. Read further to learn how:
Take Out the Clutter
Before we can add any items to a bedroom, we need first to subtract. Strip back your bedroom to the essentials and remove any unnecessary clutter. This includes any loose stacks of books and paper, any extra tables or chairs, bulky, oversized dressers, any toys from children’s rooms, or anything else that’s been on your “I should clean that up” list.
Now that everything’s out of your bedroom, it’s your chance to get everything properly organized. Everything in your bedroom should have its place. If your closet is overflowing with clothes or clothes are stacked on a chair in your bedroom, collect the clothes you wear in other seasons and place them in your storage room or in the basement. If you have to stop and think for a moment where something could fit, it might not be suited for your bedroom.
It’s easier to say you should take everything out of your bedroom and find a home for it than it is to do. This is where storage comes in handy. Closet organizers with compartments for shoes, hats, and other assorted clothing are a great way to keep items out of sight when you are in your bedroom. If you are lucky enough to have a raised bed frame, you should be able to purchase storage containers on wheels that you can slide under your bed. You can store less-used items out of sight under your bed, but they can be quickly found again by sliding them out when needed.
Don’t Busy Up the Walls
This note pertains to all three above steps of decluttering, organizing, and having proper storage. By having too many objects on the wall, such as floating shelves, picture frames, whiteboards or posters, you can cram up your wall space and make your space look much smaller. One exception to this rule is to add a mirror to your wall. A mirror will quickly make your bedroom look larger.
Choose instead to limit your wall décor, sticking to one or two focal pieces, or having just one designated wall so the others can remain an open canvas.
Keep the Paint Light and Bright
Having a bedroom painted in a light paint colour keeps your bedroom looking fresh, clean, and larger than than it is, due in part to the fact that lightly-painted walls reflect light. But that doesn’t mean you’re strictly forbidden to a canvas of white, white, and more white. A soft blonde or beige will add warmth to a room without taking away from its refraction of white, while a lighter grey pearl can fluctuate its colours as the light changes on it throughout the day.
I hope you gained some insight into how to make your bedroom look larger. Please let me know in the comment section how you keep your bedroom organized.
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