How to Decorate a Small Bedroom

 This room nails it when it comes to designing and decorating a small bedroom.  From the bed frame to the chunky knit blanket and more, it's perfect!

This room nails it when it comes to designing and decorating a small bedroom.  From the bed frame to the chunky knit blanket and more, it's perfect!

When you don't have a lot of space to work with, every little piece in the room counts. From the bedding to the bedside table, it all just needs to work.   Here are some tips to help you put it all together.

1. It's All About Size

You want to make sure the bed size fits the room and leaves at least 1.5 feet on each side of the bed. Personally I'm not a big fan of putting a bed all the way against the wall. I guess it's just the way I grew up where the bed was centered in the room. So make sure if you have a Queen bed that it'll leave plenty of room on either side when centered. Otherwise, shoot for a Double or Twin. Keep in mind Twin beds don't have to look like its a pre-teen's room.  If you are a pre-teen or teen, it's always nice to have a more grown-up looking bedroom.  So bottom line, try to avoid pushing the bed all the way to one side of the wall.

2. Let Your Bed Frame Stand Out

Since the bed itself may be smaller, hopefully you'll have more room in your budget to get a nice bed frame.  If you only invest in one piece of large furniture for your room this would be it.  From a design standpoint, it's far more necessary than a bedside table or even a dresser.  

Make sure the bedframe has a headboard.  Why? Because it adds height and dimension.  There's not a whole lot you can do to add room length-wise to the room, but you can certainly make it appear to be bigger than it is by drawing the eye upward.  Headboards and canopy beds bring the attention to the bed at eye level instead of on the floor.  I love the black metal bed frame in the photo above.  For a midcentury modern look, try the Stella Metal Bed Frame from West Elm below for $599.

 West Elm has so many bedframes for a small a bedroom.  Their midcentury modern Stella metal bed is my favorite!

West Elm has so many bedframes for a small a bedroom.  Their midcentury modern Stella metal bed is my favorite!

 Metal bedframes add dimension and height to a small bedroom.  I love this frame! 

Metal bedframes add dimension and height to a small bedroom.  I love this frame! 

 Canopy beds are the best when it comes to decorating a small bedroom since it adds lots of height and dimension.  This frame from Pottery Barn is my fave!

Canopy beds are the best when it comes to decorating a small bedroom since it adds lots of height and dimension.  This frame from Pottery Barn is my fave!

 Pottery Barn Teen has so many chic beds and headboards for decorating a small bedroom.  I love this canopy bed!

Pottery Barn Teen has so many chic beds and headboards for decorating a small bedroom.  I love this canopy bed!

If headboards and canopy beds aren't you're thing, that's cool too.  You might be more zen and prefer platform beds.  While a platform bed won't add height, there's two things you'll want to keep in mind when using a platform bed -- (1) make sure it's not too wide since you need at least one and half feet on each side and (2) make sure to go minimalist.  There should be a lot of white space (or blue, green, black or whatever paint color) to make the room look as large as possible.

 West Elm's upholstered mod platform bed is cute, organically modern, and not too wide for a small bedroom.

West Elm's upholstered mod platform bed is cute, organically modern, and not too wide for a small bedroom.

3. Keep Art Small and Simple

While I normally love large over-sized art in a room, it doesn't work well in a small bedroom.  Large art pieces tend to overwhelm a room rather than make it look larger.  Don't blame me...blame physics.  Go the opposite direction instead.  Choose a small piece of art  so that it creates as much white space as possible.  And if you're walls or blue, green, pink or some other paint color, there's just that much more of the space too love.  

4. Add a Plant

A lot of times small bedrooms can feel dark and dingy.  By adding a plant, the vibrant green helps to cheer it up and compliment your natural decor.  Best of all, there are many plant options that cost under $50.

I love fiddle leaf fig trees, like the one in the main photo above.  Add a lovely basket planter or perhaps a ceramic or concrete one from your favorite home goods store and you're all set.  The lovely green in a fiddle leaf fig tree adds character and makes the room feel vibrant.  

Succulents are another great option, especially if the room doesn't receive a lot of natural light or if you can't remember to water the plant. 

5. Throw Blankets Are A Must

If there's one thing in common that each of your favorite bedrooms on your Pinterest board have, it's a throw blanket over the bed.  From wintery faux fur to evergreen chunky knit throws, select one that works with your color palette.  Keep in mind, it shouldn't be the same color as your duvet.  Stay away from anything that's too matchy-matchy.  In the main photo above, they opted for a chunky knit pink throw.  The pink works well with the black and white motif of the bedding and bedframe, yet matches the other accessory -- the tribal knit throw pillow.

What tips would you add to help decorate a small bedroom? Let us know in the comments below.