Small Bedroom Design - Think Hotel

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As time goes by, the trend towards downsizing and living in smaller spaces keeps growing.This can present design challenges when you are used to living in big spaces with lots of room for your stuff. The first obvious answer is to get rid of lots of stuff! That will go a long way towards making things easier.

The next step is to think hotel.  Yes think really nice hotel, not crooked lamp shade dingy light hotel but super nice hotel. Many senior communities now stage models that look like upscale hotel rooms.

If you have traveled a bit and stayed in places both good and bad think of what shaped your experience in that room. To me, the things great hotel rooms have in common are light, bright, height and functionality. All these things can be accomplished with simple design logic. 

In every great hotel room the bed is the star of the show. Tall headboards, accent walls with great lighting make even tiny beds look rich and luxurious. All these things bring light and height to small bedroom spaces. Use less furniture of a larger scale.  Of course keep in mind flow of the room don't over do it. One or two larger pieces can do double duty in the function department. 

Consider using a single larger piece with drawers, small writing desk or wall mounted shelves to serve as nightstands. These will not close off your space, give you storage and provide display area for pretty lamps, pictures and your night time read.

stage a houseMounting window treatments closer to the ceiling will give you height even in the tiniest room.

Using accessories or pieces that reflect light will bring a small space to life and create the illusion of more space. Always avoid the squat and weenie. Stick with lamps that have presence and taller profiles.

Your bedding choices will really make the room. Pick colors that are soothing. You can add pop with large or bold patterns. Lots of little tiny patterns going on at the same time will make a small space look busy and tense.

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Shy away from tiny wall art. Use one single larger piece or a set. Now if you really want to go for the bling, get rid of the ceiling fan and add a beautiful chandelier or interesting light fixture you can admire every time you walk in. 

Making your lighting layered and using dimming switches can help suit your mood. Bright for reading and all settings in between for relaxing.

Remember relax is the key word. Keep your office or work space somewhere else or tucked away in a nice Armour with your TV. Amours are great if you are short on closet space and take up less long wall space than a traditional dresser.

Look up a few of those swanky hotels and draw your inspiration. From cool and casual to really formal you will find something that speaks to you.  Now go create!

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ana- there's a lot we can do to give our bedrooms some pizzazz.  Adding some excitement with a chandelier can really make it special.

Feb 21, 2014 05:47 AM #1
Paula Pitts
Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast - Pensacola, FL

Love it!

No matter how small, the sharp, clean, organized, and color coordinated room pops!

Feb 21, 2014 07:05 AM #2
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

There has always been something orderly about well designed hotel rooms.

Feb 21, 2014 07:23 AM #3
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Happy Friday Kathy, I love me a pretty chandalier!

Hi Paula, thanks for commenting and yes good things come in small packages:)

Jeff I have been in hotel rooms I never wanted to leave! Have a great weekend.


Feb 21, 2014 07:28 AM #4
Cindy Graesser
Keller Williams - Temecula, CA
CG Premier Realty Group. "We'll Get you Moving!"

Nice, lots of info. I loooove chandeliers too!

Feb 21, 2014 08:38 AM #5
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Cindy, go get yourself one if you haven't already!

Feb 21, 2014 10:25 AM #6
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Ana, congratulations on being in the Member Spotlight today!  I like the idea of thinking hotel room for comfort and design ideas in small residential bedrooms.

Feb 22, 2014 12:26 AM #7
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Sharon, Thanks and go try it out!

Feb 22, 2014 08:50 AM #8
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Thanks Ana for a really good post.  Clients have difficulty downsizing but once they have done it....they love it and cannot believe how much they lived with they didn't need.

Feb 26, 2014 09:39 AM #9
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Wendy, you're right once they get through it they realize the weight that's been lifted, have a great day!


Feb 26, 2014 11:16 PM #10
Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

Great tips, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Feb 27, 2014 01:08 AM #11
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