If you are part of the large majority of Singaporeans living in an apartment, condominium units, or public housing, chances are that you are sleeping in a small bedroom. In the design perspective, small spaces are big challenges. However, a small bedroom may not require that much designing and decorating like other areas in the house. It should be more focused in serving its ultimate function, and that is to give its master a true place of rest and relaxation.
It does not have to be big and to be grandiose, just decent and elegant enough to calm and recharge you. In fact, the lesser objects inside the bedroom, the more likely you will have restful sleep at night. And yet, this does not mean you should skip the bedroom during the decorating process. To maximise the tight space inside your bedroom and bring out its true beauty, here are some design tips you can follow.
1. Bring more light in and keep colours bright
Colours can either make your space look roomier and more expansive, or more crammed and crowded. On a practical level, white is best for small bedrooms as it prevents the room from looking busy and messy.
Other than white, you can also opt for grey, beige and other neutral colours, as well as other colours in their lighter shades. Bright and light colours compensate for the lack of huge wall space and windows. If you find such colours to be boring or drab, infuse accent colours and different textures to bring life and interest. You can throw in pillows in gorgeous patterns and colours, or metallic accessories by your bedside to balance the look.
2. Ditch bulky bed frames
Avoid getting big beds when you know your bedroom is small. When shopping, skip the huge frames and settle with a sleek and simple bed with a modern and lovely headboard. You can also choose a bare Hollywood-style frame that snugly fits a mattress. Add a headboard later on, or simply decorate the space above or around the bed.
3. Place your bed on the wall or corner
Most beds are found on the centre of the bedroom, but for small bedrooms, it is more practical to flush the bed against a wall or a corner of the room. This avoids creating unused space between the bed and the wall. For extra elegance, you can integrate headboards on the portions of the bed that are lined up against the walls.
4. Invest on multi-purpose furniture
For your furniture pieces, opt for those which can double up as a storage unit. For your bed, consider one with drawers underneath or a hydraulic bed frame where you can stow away extra linens, sheets, and other stuffs. If drawers are not your type, you can have woven baskets, crates, storage boxes, and decorative bins which can hold your items and which you can easily slide under the bed. Similarly, you can have storage bins as your tables and seats.
5. Float your shelves
To avoid crowding the floor area, elevate your shelving options. You can mount small floating shelves around the room to hold some books, lamps, artwork, and other objects to be placed on display.
6. Go vertical
If your bedroom has a high ceiling, you may consider using a platform that spans from floor to ceiling, and which can serve as both your sleeping unit on top and as a storage area or seating underneath. This saves so much space as the loft serves multiple functions. Of course, this is only applicable for those willing to climb up a ladder into bed. Likewise, sufficient lighting should be installed for the space underneath the bed to be utilised.
7. Play with mirrors
Integrate mirrors in your bedroom to create illusions of depth. The reflection from the mirrors add more dimensions to the room, stretching and making it look longer. It also reflects the light coming from the windows, filling the space with more natural light. You can opt for a single large mirror to cover an entire wall, or multiple mirrors to create a multi-dimensional vibe.
8. Experiment with wallpapers
Create a feature wall in your bedroom by putting up wallpaper with an interesting design in order to add more life and fun in your space. The best place is the wall behind your headboard or over your working table. Avoid busy wallpapers but choose those with patterns that draws the eyes around the room. Bold stripes, polka dots, and geometrics are perfect choices.
9. Go minimalist
Minimalism is often associated with small spaces and this is almost always true. For a tight bedroom, keep the focus on the bed and avoid cramming the space with too many furniture pieces and accessories. A small bedside table or few cabinets will definitely be enough to house all your essentials. If you want a fun and vibrant room, then be sparing with the physical objects inside but keep your creativity to the maximum level. Focus on colours and cute accessories to satisfy your imaginations but keep furniture items down to a minimum.