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How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger

Short of tearing out a non-load bearing wall, How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger requires ingenuity and creativity. As with most things, you have more than one option to visually expand a small bedroom’s look. One quick way to make the room feel larger and create more depth is to add different levels of light. Lamps and light fixtures at varying heights often create the illusion of a larger bedroom.

How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger
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Easiest Ways on How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Adding a mirror wall or replacing the closet doors with mirrors is one way on How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger. This technique works better when you install the mirrors the full length of the wall and from floor to ceiling. It gives the bedroom the appearance of having double the square footage because of the reflective quality of the mirrors.

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Hide the Bed


Add custom cabinetry and bookcases to one wall of the room to hide a retractable Murphy bed. When the bed is not in use, it withdraws inside the cabinetry, leaving ample square footage in the bedroom the rest of the time. Around the space where the bed fits when not in use, include drawers or closets for storage. This works particularly well in a guest room that also doubles as an office.

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Daybed or Captain’s Bed


Add a daybed at the end of a small bedroom to make it appear as if the bedroom is really a sitting room. Minimize furnishings in the room by adding organizational cubbies inside the closet or use a captain’s bed instead that also doubles as a dresser with drawers beneath the bed for storage. Hang an office desk or nightstand on the wall to free up floor space. Attach pendant lights to the wall next to the bed. Bottom line: Avoid overcrowding the room with furniture.

Optical Illusion


Create an optical illusion in the bedroom by painting or installing a wall mural that appears to lengthen the room or open up into another space. This kind of optical illusion can make the small room look bigger than it is without changing anything else in the room. A wall mural with windows that look out on a desired scene lengthens the eye’s view in the room.

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The Color Palette

Color palette selection affects how a bedroom appears visually. To expand the space visually, choose a color scheme that creates the illusion of a larger room. Soft, light, neutral colors open up a space, while harsh, dark colors close it down. A lighter, neutral color also reflects the ambient light in the room as it brightens the space. If one color seems too boring, select a monochromatic color palette that uses one color in varying shades and tints. Install window treatments in the same color theme for a unified look.

How to Make a Small Bedroom look Bigger

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