No matter the season, many of us would love to have a larger bedroom. One that is filled with wonderful things, that is always clean and beautiful. Well, you can have that! The solution is remodeling your bedroom. Now wait! Don't be turned off to the idea of a remodel just yet. There are options! Essentially, a small bedroom remodel can be done in two ways, adding extra space (either by knocking out walls or playing on color and light) or changing completely the way the existing room is being used (space planning). Listed are a few helpful tips on achieving your stunning bedroom.
Small Space Doesn't Mean Small Stuff Just because you have to choose small-scale furniture doesn't mean you're limited to pieces that are basic — or worse, safe. Instead, make a splash with a dramatic hue, a really luxe fabric, or both. A colorful and solid loveseat (see photo to the left) has minimalist lines and a scaled-down size that will work beautifully in a studio, but it's also a statement piece you'll want to keep when you upgrade to a bigger pad.
Hidden Storage And Flexible Furniture Never underestimate the power of convertible furniture or hidden storage — both can work wonders in a small space. In this case (seen left), a closet door doubles as an entryway to clothing and a secrete storage tool with towel rods and hooks, made stylish by painted in a bright and friendly color. Try creating more secrete storage by purchasing an ottoman, that is hollow with a removable lid, or stylish drawers/baskets for under the bed to be used for blankets, seasonal clothing, shoes, etc.
Manage Your Studio There are some benefits to living in a studio: You learn to buy less, manage clutter better, and revisit high-school geometry whenever you want to rearrange. The downside? You're living in one. Single. Room. Before you go stir crazy, let smart storage solutions divide the room for you. In this case, a DIY platform with pull out drawers creates plenty of bedroom storage you would normally need a linen closet for, with drapes separating the bedroom space your bedroom can become cozy or apart of your guests seating options, and finally a rug separates the space from sleep area to living area.
Let There Be Light If you want your space to seem larger, but you don't necessarily want to expand your room. You can replace your small window with a larger one, if you have the budget. Find a builder (not a carpenter) by asking around from other people, especially those who have had new homes built. Get estimates from at least three builders with specifics on materials to be used and probable time frame. Provided you know exactly what you would like, and you can afford it, your job should be relatively easy and quick because everything is at ground level.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall If you don't have the budget, don't stress! A large mirror positioned across from even the tiniest of windows can add dramatic space to a room. for a dramatic effect angle the mirror slightly rather than hang the massive piece.This will create light on your ceiling adding height and natural light in your small space. Or hang multiple small mirrors on a brightly colored wall for a wow effect. A tip is using light colored walls with a darker mirror frame and vise versa. Use darker objects at ground level with small bright objects displayed around the space. The picture displayed (to the left) allows your eye to rest in the white spaces, though your eye notices the dark shadows (space) and mirror reflection (unreal space) though this room is average size you feel as if you are in a mansion due to play on light, shadows and color.
Space Planning Whether you want to go bold and build out a nook for specific tasks (such as reading, a spare bed..etc) or if you want to just rearrange your space, ensure you know how you can maneuver around the room after changes have been made. Is there a clear path, or are you running into objects as soon as you walk in? Is there enough room to clean the space? Can I add to this space after I change it (such as placing nightstand, desks or lamps)? What has helped me when space planning a small room is removing all small furniture and easy to handle furniture OUT of the room, then drafting the space. How big does your space look empty? How can you maintain that look with furniture? Try two to three different layouts. Focus on your hobbies and how you use the space on a daily basis.
However you decide to update your small bedroom, know what you want, know what you need, and always think of multiple options on how to obtain your stellar DIY remodeled bedroom.