Design Perspectives

Small Master Bedroom Measures Up

You can have a luxurious and comfortable master bedroom no matter how large your space by choosing your design elements wisely. This master has a smaller footprint, but the following choices combine to create an inviting space.

Headboard: By selecting a headboard that sits flush on the wall and no footboard, the bed uses minimal space length-wise. This makes it easier to navigate around the bed in a smaller room. Choosing a padded headboard allows you to sit up comfortably for reading or watching television. This wing-chair style also adds an additional sense of luxury by surrounding you with softness when you lean back.

Light Selection: The two matching wall-mounted sconces provide a ready source of light to each side of the bed without using up space on the necessarily-small nightstands. The flexible arm mounting makes it easy to adjust the lamps for reading and comfort. Two standard table lamps, in contrast, would not be as functional and just emphasize the room’s smaller size.

Monochromatic Color Scheme: By sticking with soft green and crème, the lines of the room’s largest element – the bed - blends with the walls, making it more unobtrusive. The contrast needed for an interesting overall room design comes from smaller pieces – the nightstands and picture frames.

Single Flooring Selection: Carpeting works well in bedrooms because it is so soft underfoot, but it’s an even better choice in a smaller room because area rugs can make a space feel choppy. Once again a carpet color that blends with the room’s predominant tones keeps the space connected.

Plenty of Pillows: Pillows make a bedroom feel luxurious and well-decorated with a minimal outlay of dollars, and they use no real additional space. In this case the pillow selection includes two of the large square European pillows which work well when sitting up in bed, multiple standard pillows for sleeping and a few smaller throw pillows to finish the look. One easy way to keep pillows out of the way when they’re not on the bed is to invest in a charming large floor basket and throw them in there.

With the right design choices, even a seemingly too-small bedroom can change from cramped to charming and cozy. And the nice thing is that these ideas will also help make even a larger bedroom feel more generously-sized.

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