How best to enjoy your sleep.You work hard, you work late and you have nothing on your conscience. When you go to bed, you sleep. Make your bedroom a place to enjoy your sleep.
The dreaded dilemma in painting a small room.
Yup this is what is known in designer speak as the DD. Personally, I don’t have a problem because I maintain that you do as you wish in your own home. If you are fixated on canary yellow this month – use it.
The designer police are not going to be knocking on your door and reporting you for outlandish behaviour.
After all home decorators, painting and adding pops of colour is not the same as a renovation. If you have an old cupboard that you have painted a fabulous colour and you like the overall effect, then go ahead and use complementary colours in the bedroom to bring out the best of it. It is always good to browse through sites that offer advice on colour schemes or ideas for your room, but unless you have contracted an interior decorator who will add lots of inspiration to your ideas, you need to decide on your own
Your own preference is what matters
Here are 8 tips, ideas and food for thought when you want to decorate your small bedroom.
Tip # 1. Plan
Simple. Draw up a strategy and ask yourself the following. I know it sounds completely obvious, but by elimination, you can then think clearly as to exactly what you want to do with it.
- What is this bedroom used for?
- Does it have natural light that you want to maximise on?
- Is it for adults, or for a child?
- Does it form part of a multipurpose room – are you using it also as a workstation?
What are the dimensions?
- Does it have high or low ceilings?
- Is there a bathroom en suite?
- Where is it positioned in the home?
- And yes, what is the budget for this?
By answering these – you will know how to furnish it. Once you have established that, then you can move on to how to and where to, add the colour.
Tip # 2. Dark or light?
The DD! Remember that choosing a colour scheme is like choosing from a gourmet menu. You only select what you like.
You decide. Do you want dark and heavy colours that give the room a cosy, cocoon feeling that will turn the bedroom into a sanctuary for the ultimate sleep, or do you prefer a lighter feel to a bedroom that makes use of the early morning sun?
Going back to the questions – what sort of natural light does the room get?
The majority of people like a bedroom saturated in natural light. In this instance lighter hues work well. But you may not be fortunate enough to have this in your small bedroom – perhaps it is a room that gets only a little light. In this case it is probably best to have a higher colour saturation, i.e. deeper colours.
Tip # 3. The eye needs to be tricked
So we know that it is a small bedroom and you are wanting to create a feeling of airiness and space in it.
The main trick here is to use different tones of similar hues in the room. By using just one colour – generally, as this is dependent on the dimensions and particularly the ceiling height – you will remove the visual boundaries and so create a feeling of a bigger space.
Tip # 4. White is not the only option
Don’t fear. Colour can be brought in not only on the walls and ceiling, but also through accessorising. Pops of colour add a sense of cheerfulness – so feel free to do this in cushions, on the bedside tables, lampshades, and throws.
If you love colour as I do, there are ways to incorporate it into the small bedroom without the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Tip # 5. Relax
Any colour you find that is relaxing for your small bedroom will work. The thing is to remember that a bedroom is a place of rest.
Traditionally homeowners have been told steer away from darker colours in their small bedrooms, but because trends are more inclusive these days and a lot less prescriptive, you are allowed to use any colour, even dark shades, because, remember this is your personal space. You can do as you please – as long as it makes you happy.
Tip # 6 Dark shades for cosiness
Deep colours can camouflage the size of the bedroom. The important thing to remember is that whatever you choose must be soothing – so even reds can be used to create a feeling of cosiness. But note that your accessories need to complement the wall colour, not clash with it.
Tip # 6 Greens, Blues and Neutral Shades
Layer the varying shades of your selected colour in the trims, the curtains and rugs. You want to avoid the room being demarcated into different spaces so a similar hue throughout is a good way of making sure there is a sense of unity.
Charcoal and taupe are very on-trend and I must say I enjoy these hues in a bedroom, having recently decorated a space with these colours I managed to visually expand the space.
Earthy and neutral tones are frequently used in small bedrooms and are very good in making the walls recede. Accessorize to your hearts content with these tones and you will achieve a relaxed and comfortable feeling in the room.
Tip # 7 Ceilings – pay attention
Normally white is the best choice for a small bedroom’s ceiling. But be careful when using white on the rest of the room as a stark white can make the room feel cold. Rather use soft tones of ivory, butter or cream.
Depending on whether the room is for adult guests or for a child, you can of course change the colour of the ceiling to blur into the same hue of the walls. Pale blues, creams or even a mint green can work wonders.