The bedroom is at the heart of any home. At the end of the day, it can be the one place untouched by the problems of life and exist as a tranquil environment for anyone to lay their head down and relax. In a perfect world, we would all have huge bedrooms with four-poster beds, magnificent pieces of art hanging on the walls and bookcases filled with beautiful books, but in reality, most have a lot less space to contend with. This doesn’t mean our bedrooms can’t be havens though. With just a few simple design tips, even the smallest bedrooms can be transformed into warm, welcoming places that feel a great deal more spacious than they really are.
Before getting to the fun details like bed linen or accessories, the colour palette is the first essential style consideration. Lighter colours are vital to broaden the feel of the room. Whites, off-whites, creams and neutrals should all be in the small room colour arsenal as they provide the cleanest and most expansive look. Whilst dark hues can be enclosing and dreary, especially in rooms which may receive scant natural light, lighter shades are fresh, bright and welcoming. More striking colours can be used to add a splash of detail however, but too many colours impart a crowded look. Sticking to a small palette of shades will blur the edges around the room and allow the eye to move effortlessly over it, adding to the impression of space.
The bed is the next point of concern after establishing the colour tone. The bed is the focal point for small bedrooms, so its size and the way it is dressed is the starting point for constructing the rest of the room. Opting for a queen-size rather than king is a good start, and any bed with storage options underneath is ideal to keep the room functional but de-cluttered. Choice of linen is crucial. In keeping with the clean approach of the wall colours, the bed sheets should be simple with a single design pattern. Bright or bold linen will cause the bed to encroach on the feeling of space, as will wild, contrasting patterns. The White Company’s range is just the right kind of bed linen – simple, with crisp lines and beautifully added detail.
Finally, a complete room needs to be lit properly. Large sources of light don’t help in creating the illusion of space, so subtle and small lamps arranged predominantly around the bed work best. However, candles work magnificently to create a truly warming ambience in a small room. Not only are they a wonderfully soft and gentle source of light, scented candles can also add a further sensual joy in addition to the aesthetic pleasure of the environment. Set next to an interesting personal detail like a family photo, any choice from The White Company’s extensive candles collection would be ideal to add that finishing touch to the perfect room. To complete this smoke and mirrors trick requires, quite suitably, a mirror or two. Whilst accessories should be sparse to keep clutter to a minimum, mirrors are fair game as they refract light and augment the feeling of space.
After creating the perfect canvas using light and fresh colours, the small details and warm lighting can turn even the smallest room into a calming and serene abode. With just a few guidelines, and a canny acquisition or two, any bedroom can become that cosy escape, a real joy to spend time in. Just be careful that in your beautiful room, snug and warm in your new bed linen that you’re able to get out of bed in the morning! But don’t worry too much, it will be there waiting when you get back.