June 20, 2013
Small rooms present special challenges to homeowners, but what they lack in space they make up for in style with the right decorating techniques. Much like the impact of a beautiful hardwood floor like Anderson's Dellemano collection, the colors chosen and the placement of furniture can add flair to the smallest bedrooms.
The factors that will make a room look more spacious are its color scheme and the proportion of the furniture. Some decorating tips learned by designers over the years may even surprise homeowners, according to House Beautiful magazine.
Dark walls, for instance, do the opposite of what one might expect - they tend to make a small room design look bigger. It's small-scale furniture that tends to make a bedroom seem diminished, often because people put too much of it into the space. A high bed and tall headboard, on the other hand, will make the room seem taller and more spacious.
Chairs and more
There are no hard and fast rules about seating in a bedroom. A hardwood captain's chair can be softened for bedroom use by adding a fabric skirt around the seat. It can be used with a dressing table or, with the addition of a footstool, can be made into a comfortable reading chair.
Another tip from the magazine is to use more than one pair of pillows as a decorative touch on a bed. Two pairs in contrasting patterns, colors and textures look more lavish without losing proportion.
For a window treatment that adds elegance and airiness to a small bedroom, install soft sheer shades. They allow filtered light to home design, while maintaining visibility of outside views.
Since the bed is the most important - and largest - piece of furniture in a bedroom, steps should be taken to minimize the space it takes up by doing away with the traditional headboard.
A simple backboard can be decorated by painting or with wallpaper for a cottage-style headboard that's coordinated with the other colors in the room. For a softer look, the board can be lined with foam and covered by fabric for an upholstered headboard that's comfortable to lean against while reading in bed.
Another option is to create a faux headboard by decorating the wall around the bed, giving the illusion of a headboard by using a tapestry or quilt for a backdrop, or by painting a design on the wall that frames the bed.