Designer Secrets in the Bedroom

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Designers know all kinds of techniques and tricks when it comes to making rooms look bigger. The bedroom can really benefit from employing these simple ideas to make it feel more expansive while maintaining a restful vibe.

Your master bedroom should feel like a cozy retreat, a place you want to go to at the end of the day. If it’s too cluttered with several small pieces of furniture (besides your bed) it could be the reason your room feels small. If it doesn’t belong in the bedroom, take it out. Now.

Keep furniture away from the corners

Corners are not there to be filled; don’t stack books, plants or items up against the walls in the corners. Your bed is your focal point (it’s a "BED room"), so keep all necessary items close to the bed. It's hard to discern the size of a room when you can't see its corners. If you have room for a chair, don’t line it up against a wall; bring it in, angle it to the bed and make it part of a grouping.

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Hardwood flooring is a great option for bedrooms

Installing hardwood floors on a diagonal fools the eye into thinking you’re in a bigger space when the pattern is not squared off with the walls.

Add an oversized area rug

If you have hardwood or hard surface floors already, add an oversized area rug. This helps to make the room feel bigger. Don't make the rug slightly larger than the bed; rather make it at least 16 to 18 inches beyond the bed edge, all the way around. It’s amazing how adding some cozy texture to the floor can make a room feel bigger.

If you are a person who must have a TV in the bedroom, instead of trying to make it the focal point — we’ve established that the bed is the centre of attention, right — add some art. If you add framed art around the TV it blends in, rather than letting it dominate a wall.

Mirroring doubles the view

Not everyone is a fan of mirrored side tables, but reflective surfaces can expand the room and add some sparkle at the same time. In fact, side tables don’t have to be big chunky boxes flanking the head of the bed. I’ve used pedestal tables when closed storage isn’t required. Custom-made and installed “floating” side tables make a room feel bigger simply by allowing the eye to see under the table.

The right lighting can make a room feel bigger

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Consider hanging lamps over the bedside tables. This keeps the table surface free but still brings the light down to eye level. Add dimmers so they can be adjustable according to the needs in the room. We’re also seeing more modern, extendable wall lamps and sconces used by the bedside. They’re great for task lighting and reading.

Nothing makes a bedroom look smaller than skimpy bedding and pillows on a bed. For king-sized beds, two super-king Euro pillows will fit better than three regular euro pillows. Two super-kings will fit properly, will offer great support for reading or lounging and will stay in place.

Drapery can make or break the room

Drapery should be hung from the ceiling to the floor. Short curtains tend to disrupt the flow of a whole space when your eyes move around the room. To make drapery look fuller, add heavy blackout lining rather than cotton. This makes drapes look more full and expensive looking. Even a small room can benefit from looking expensive and expansive with these designer secrets.


Published on November 26, 2018 under Featured, Homes by

Jane Lockhart

Jane Lockhart

Owner, Jane Lockhart Interior Design