The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Master Bed Room
We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!
Unfortunately there isn't always room for all my stuff...
Many people have the same problem and here are some ideas to make your small Master Bedroom more efficient! (Here are some tips for your Living Room, Kitchen & Dining Room)
Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear. Lighter shades are better for small rooms, but Master Bedrooms should be intimate and romantic with a darker shade. As long as everything (fabric, drapes, paint) is in the same tones the room will still appear larger.
Midtone paints tend to change colours with the light creating different moods. If you use darker colours, don't paint trim white, it is an eyestopper and you want the eye to keep traveling to make the room seem larger.
The Bed should be the focal point, so position it so that is the first thing you see. Optimal is; Headboard on the longest wall, with no foot board so there is no 'wall' that blocks your sight line. Buy platform beds with built in storage, a must in a small master.
No bed skirt makes the room look larger, because you can see light under the bed. (Although I recommend wicker baskets or rubber maid clear plastic storage for under the bed for linens.)
I don't like putting a bed in front of a window, but if that's the only spot for it, take pleasure in your drapes making a nice 'headboard' at night. Either have no headboard in this case or go for one that is not solid (wrought iron or something with spindles) so the window or drapes aren't blocked.
A tall headboard draws the eye up and makes the room seem taller. Choose a padded headboard for 'reading in bed' comfort. Keep to the tones of the room, but find another texture to bring to the headboard and it can be your focal point.
If there is room, a bench with storage is always welcome at the foot of the bed.
Side tables that have storage are optimal, either a shelf or drawers. If you can't find a nightstand in the right width, narrow kitchen cabinets can be re-purposed for this and a nice marble or mirrored top applied.
To make a room more romantic, silicone antique mirror onto the drawer or cabinet face, but pre-drill the hole for pulls, and don't tighten too much to avoid cracking.
Keep the same palette, but go for different textures, shiny (silk/satin), fuzzy, nubbly, fluffy, can keep the eye moving, but keep the room from being boring.
If your walls have odd angles, consider a paintable wallpaper with a pattern and go right up and over the ceiling. That way angles are diminished and the eye is fooled. A pattern will help, but I'm not sure I would want every last thing papered...
Try bamboo or wooden blinds to make windows seem wider. To make windows seem taller install drapes or blinds above the top of the window, No one will see where the top begins and again the eye is fooled.
An area rug almost as big as the room will expand the room's size visually and add comfort. If the rug is close in tone to the walls it wall also help make the room seem larger.
Avoid clutter on horizontal surfaces. One large thing makes a statement and becomes a focal point.
Artwork should blend into the colour scheme, restful colours help create a place for relaxing and keep the eye moving.
Place full length mirrors on the closet doors or near a window to expand perceived space and reflect light.
To free up space, wall mounted swing arm lamps are ideal for reading and will leave room on the nightstand for a book and a beverage!
Chandeliers make a room more romantic, draw the eye up and don't block the view or stop the eye. Bedside table lamps should have the shade at eye level, so you're not blinded when you're sitting in bed.
A shelf around the room below ceiling height can hold mementos, but not too many! Remember clutter will always make a room look smaller.
I'll never recommend a TV in the bedroom, so I have no tips for that. Keep this room for romance and relaxing, studies show you sleep better.