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Is your cramped bedroom cramping your style?

It doesn’t have to. Just because your bedroom is small doesn’t mean you can’t think big. Whether you want to create the illusion of added square footage or you want to boost the cozy loft that you already have, you can learn from these tricks to make your bedroom feel larger and look more aesthetically pleasing.

1. Let the outdoors in
If your bedroom has access to the great outdoors, then you’re lucky. Balconies and massive windows are wonderful features to be embraced. Aside from providing you with a stunning view, such openings allow air and natural light to flow around your room.

Maintain the connection by using window treatments and drapery panels that perfectly frame the picturesque view, not cover it. Opt for fabrics with subtle details to make the outdoors your focal point. Use window treatments that can be pulled all the way back.

2. Draw the eye upwards
Next to access to the outdoors, another gorgeous feature worth taking full advantage of is a high ceiling. If you’re not blessed with a wider space, you can always draw the attention upwards.

You may opt for a four-poster bed which adds architectural interest to the room and calls attention to the volume and height of your ceilings. If you’re set on a more traditional bed, emphasize your lighting. Dropping a ceiling feature down helps enforce height in the room and make space seem bigger. Choose chandeliers that are big enough to make an impact.

3. Think horizontal
Have you ever been told that wearing horizontal stripes can make you look fat? Well, the same school of thought holds true in interior design.

Adding horizontal wood planking or painting the walls with clean horizontal stripes, as well as emphasizing the crown moulding on the ceiling, can fool the eye that the room is wider than it is. Don’t forget to balance out horizontal lines with vertical elements like lamps, chandeliers, and vases.

4. Go big on art
Hanging art is one of the most effective ways to make a space look bigger. The reason is simple: art gives the eye something to focus on and distracts you from looking at the perimeter of the room.

Just a reminder – do not overload the walls. The more items you place on the walls, the more cramped the room will appear. Instead of having tons of small picture frames on a single wall, choose a few larger pieces and hang them on different walls around the room. When hanging art above a bed, hang it about six to eight inches above the headboard.

5. Choose cool colors
The color scheme is really what makes the bedroom feel either light and airy or cozy and heavy. We all know that white does the trick in creating the illusion of bigger, airier space but you don’t have to stick to this go-to hack all the time.

The key is to select the right color temperature. Cool colors, according to experts create the effect of enlarging a space. Think of shades of green, blue, and violet, and whites in cooler hues. Apart from the right paint and fabric color choices, you can create the cool effect with the right choice of lighting. In contrast, warm colors make a space cozier.

6. Use patterns and colors wisely
Too many accent colors, wood tones, and loud patterns can cramp up the room; but keeping everything plain and simple can make the room look dead. If you have a small room, incorporate patterns but keep your motifs subtle and less visually jarring. Have a balance of plains and prints.

Another trick is to sync the room elements with similar patterns; your patterned rug, curtain, and two of the throw pillows could be tonally related. A deliberate application of patterns on walls, floors, furniture pieces, throws, and accessories adds flavor and visual interest to the room without taking much space.

7. Opt for multi-functional pieces
Since your room is tiny, you better be extra thoughtful when it comes to buying furniture. And because nothing cramps a space more than clutter, invest in pieces that double as storage equipment. Look for footed beds with storage drawers, working desks with lots of compartments, and chairs with pull-out features.

8. Go for the legs
The square footage may be small but you can always find some ways to let the room breathe. One way is to opt for furniture pieces with legs. Think of footed beds, bedside tables, and slender stools. If a piece is elevated, you can see the floor extending under the piece which helps visually expand the space.

9. Mount ’em
Instead of placing everything heavily on tables and floors, let them float. You can have a lamp mounted on the wall instead of having a bulky nightstand sit atop your bedside table. Mounted picture frames, floating shelves, and ceiling fans are also great examples. Doing these helps free up some space.

The author is a writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family Homes in Australia.