Making a Small Bedroom Feel Bigger – 5 Tips to Create the Illusion of Grandeur

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As was emphasized in our previous blog, the bedroom is the place in our house reserved for relaxation, rest and romance. A big bedroom is ideal for most of us, but sometimes we may have to settle for one that is smaller than what we would like.

It is possible, however, to create the illusion of space in this necessary smaller environment, using a few simple tips that I have shared below. Hopefully, these will help your tiny bedroom seem more spacious and welcoming.


  1. Use Colour in the Best Way to Create the Feel of a More Open Environment.

Using light colours, on all the surfaces in a bedroom, will help to create the desired effect of a more spacious area. This is because light colours reflect light and create an airy feel to the room, whereas darker colours absorb light and create a more cosy effect.

Paint the walls of your bedroom in light colours and, wherever possible, use the same colour to paint the ceiling. This helps to make the room appear bigger, because the walls blend into the ceiling and the eye is drawn upward. Light coloured tiles and floorboards create the same effect when looking down.

Another way we can use colour, to both enhance the room and create a more spacious effect, is to colour coordinate by using different shades of the same colour as a feature in the room. An example of this can be using curtains and bed linen in complimentary shades of yellow. The uniformed atmosphere appeals to the eye without being overwhelming, helping to create a welcoming effect.

  1. Position Furniture Away from the Wall

Our previous blog mentioned how chi (life force energy) flows through a room. The correct amount of air flow helps to make the room feel more open, and this creates the effect of it being a larger area.

To increase the healthy flow of air through a room, pull the furniture away from the walls. Even a few inches creates a big difference and enhances the flow of chi, creating a healthier environment.

  1. Use Large Furniture and Decorative Items.

Keep decorations and furniture items in a small room down to a minimum. The only recommended furniture items for the bedroom are: a bed, two bedside tables, a dresser, and a good quality wardrobe for adequate storage.

When there are many small items in an enclosed area it appears to be full of clutter. The beauty of both the space and the items is lost. Large decorative items that are ideally placed create a more open, beautiful environment.

  1. Use Rugs Sparingly to Create Separation.

The gaps between the rugs help to break up the space and create different sections in the room. Using light rugs is also a good idea as they will help to reflect the light and make the space appear larger.

  1. Let as much Natural Light in as Possible.

Dark curtains are great for using when we are trying to sleep, and would like to keep out as much light as possible. During waking hours, however, it is always a good idea to open the curtains and let as much natural light as possible. This helps to create a warming, uplifting effect.


I hope this post has been helpful in suggesting ways that you can create the illusion of more space in a small bedroom. Let us know if these tips have been helpful, and share any others that you use, to create your perfect environment for rest and relaxation.