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Small bedroom design ideas – updated for 2023

Need help with the design and layout of your small bedroom? If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we look at 20 small bedroom design ideas to reinvigorate your space. 

1. Reposition your furniture

Why not move around the furniture in your bedroom to see if you can create more space?

Switching things around in your room allows you to make the space flow better or highlight furniture that’s been hidden for a while. 

2. Keep it light with mirrors

Mirrors reflect light making the room look brighter and more spacious – and they’re practical too! We use them every day for putting on make-up, checking out outfits, and doing our hair!

Place the mirrors in positions that will catch the most daylight or make the room look bigger. A full-length mirror could even be hung on the back of your door if you’re struggling for space.

3. Get rid of all of the clutter 

The clutter underneath your bed isn’t really clutter; it’s everything you need but don’t have a place to store. But if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind and will make your room feel less cluttered.

If you have a small room, investing in space-saving furniture is the best way to make the most of your available space. If you are considering buying a new bed, why not choose an ottoman bed with deep storage?

reinvigorate your bedroom design
This image features the Furl Max Storage Bed

4. Use cleverly designed furniture 

Creating space isn’t always easy, but it’s possible with furniture that doubles up as two things –  a desk that doubles as a dressing table, for example.

Switch your stool or chair for an ottoman box. This type of box has a lid that lifts to reveal the storage space inside. Furl make ottoman boxes in any size and can upholster them in fabric or leather.

Ottoman upholstered in deep purple fabric

5. Add a little pop of colour 

Reinvigorate your bedroom design by adding a pop of colour. Almost everyone has grey somewhere at home, but an all-grey room can feel cold. 

You don’t have to choose a bold colour; it could be soft pastel shades like dusty blues or lavender. These softer shades will help to add a little warmth to the room.

The world colour can sometimes make people run a mile. The colour doesn’t have to be in your line of sight, though. Painting the ceiling can add a pop of colour without becoming too overpowering. 

6. Add fresh or faux flowers to your room

Adding colour to your room doesn’t have to be in the form of a permanent item. Fresh flowers smell beautiful, and they add a nice pop of colour.

The colour doesn’t last very long, so you can mix it up every week. But that is also a flaw as it can get quite expensive.

Investing in four different sets of faux flowers is a cheaper alternative. You could use each set for a particular season. 

Orange flowers in a white vase beside the bed

7. Move around decorative items

When it comes to small bedroom design ideas, the simplest of changes can make the biggest difference. One of those ideas is to switch up your accessories or add something new.

You may have a book on your bedside table because you are reading it. But most of the time, they’re simply there as decoration to make your room look like it came out of a magazine. Try changing the books to create a new feature.  

Ornaments or antiques also work well and help create a focal point for the room. 

8. Dark doesn’t have to mean dingy

If there is no way to add light to your bedroom, make a feature of the darkness by creating a warm, cosy, and inviting atmosphere.

  • Use fluffy pillows.
  • Pop a sheepskin rug on the floor. 
  • Add lots of lamps to the room to create a warm atmosphere. 
  • Hang fairy lights above the bed.

9. Add artwork to your walls

This may seem like an easy one, but look at your current room and tell me how many pieces of artwork, photographs, posters or prints you have on your wall.

I have four in my bedroom, which are pretty large and striking. If I took all four off the wall, the room would look completely different – empty, cold and sterile.

Artwork is also a great way to add a splash of colour to your bedroom, helping refresh the design. 

10. Dress your bed as a designer would

Ever wondered how to get that hotel look at home? It’s all down to the way your bed is dressed.

A combination of crisp white linen with a blanket or a throw added to the end of the bed can make a striking difference, and it’s simple to achieve.

Finish off the bed with a few cushions. One cushion will make all the difference, but the bed will look even more luxurious if you can manage two or three.

11. Add fresh, on-trend and clean cushions

Keep your cushions looking fresh by washing them now and again. Replacing the inners with new, plumper fillers will give your cushions a new lease of life.

Or retain the filler and change the cushion covers for something with a contemporary design.

Flat, old, or tired-looking cushions say all the wrong things about your bedroom’s design. For small bedrooms, this is an excellent hack for reinvigorating the room’s overall appearance. 

Luxury bedding with throw pillows

12. The return of wallpaper

Wallpaper is a blast from the past, but it is making a massive comeback in the design world.

When we say wallpaper, we don’t necessarily mean highly patterned or floral. There are some beautifully textured wallpapers that are just one flat colour but add real interest to a room.

If you don’t have the budget to paper a whole bedroom, a great trick is to paper a feature wall – usually the one behind the bed – and then paint the remaining walls in a complementary colour. 

13. Create one focal point

To reinvigorate your bedroom design, you need to create a focal point. If you don’t have much space, then add an attractive headboard.

If you have the room, add an occasional chair or side table and turn a corner of your room into a little reading corner.

Tetris headboard from Furl in blue fabric
This is the Tetris Headboard from Furl

14. Upgrade to a velvet bed 

Velvet is currently trending, with many different velvet types available – high pile velvet, low pile velvet, moleskin velvet, crushed velvet and textured velvet.

Upholstered beds have made a serious comeback over the last couple of years; now is the time to update your wooden frame for a velvet one.

Furl offer removable fabric covers on their bed bases so that if you don’t like it, you can simply take the cover off and change it for a new one.

15. Add greenery to detox the air

Plants in the bedroom aren’t just a millennial trend; they are also great for detoxing the air we breathe and helping us sleep.

If you have room, go for a big one and put it in a pot on the floor. If you need more space, hang the plants from the ceiling. Hanging plants are great for children’s rooms as they are out of reach but give the area a new lease of life.

Modern bedroom design with an ottoman bed

16. Keep your room fresh with new scents 

Bedroom design isn’t just about how the room looks but also how it smells. Change up your scents with the seasons to keep your space fresh.

Like any smell, we get used to it if it’s there long enough. Our noses simply stop smelling it, which is why it is good to switch scents now and again.

This will keep your bedroom feeling and smelling fresh.

17. Move your washing basket 

Keeping your dirty washing out of your bedroom will make the room look less cluttered and prevent the smell of dirty washing from ruining your serene space.

You could also purchase some fragrance bags or air fresheners and simply pop one into the bottom of your wash basket. Try fixing one to the lid as well.

These are inexpensive and usually bought in multiples, so if you have a few spare, pop one into your chest of drawers and wardrobe.

18. Reinvigorate with paint

Painting is an effective way to refresh and refurbish a room without breaking the bank.

Paint can be pretty pricey, but many paint companies will mix up any paint colour so you can get a near-perfect match to that designer paint that is out of budget.

Be bold and brave because the worst that can happen is that you don’t like the colour. It’s a little more work, but simply strip it and paint again.

19. Painting techniques for small rooms

Space is limited in London, and lots of people live in studios. These are big open spaces that contain the bedroom, living room, and kitchen in one area.

When it comes to modern bedroom designs for small rooms, a light colour paint ensures the room remains as bright as possible, making it feel bigger.

A great way to use paint to create a feeling of space is to paint a strip from floor to ceiling on the wall behind your bed. This will divide the room and help create a bedroom where it doesn’t exist.

Blue paint samples from Farrow and Ball

20. Lighting in a bedroom design

Don’t underestimate the power of lighting. It makes a massive difference to how a room looks and feels.

Young children often have softer light to soothe them to sleep when they are little. As they get older, their hobbies change. Their rooms turn into playrooms with reading corners. Reading requires more light than sleeping.

Add a few more lamps into the room with bright white light bulbs. This will ensure that your children aren’t straining their eyes.

Small bedroom design ideas wrapped up 

Incorporating just a few of these ideas will breathe new life into your bedroom. You don’t have to tick off everything on this list – pick out what works best for your space and lifestyle, then sit back, relax, and enjoy. 

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