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45 Small Bedroom Ideas: Inspiration For the Modern Home

Designing a small bedroom is not just about creating interiors that save up on space. It needs to be a combination of style and space consciousness that exudes balance and panache. This requires both proper planning and a touch of ingenuity. Lack of space in the bedroom does not mean you have to give up on either comfort or elegance. Compact bedrooms can appear as lavish and luxurious as any other that is blessed with ample space. In a world where studio apartments and city lofts are becoming more and more common, savvy design seems an absolute must.

Modern loft bed perfect for small bedrooms

Designing the interiors of a small room are all about creating greater visual room and incorporating ample storage units. A clean and uncluttered look is an absolute must. From lighting to paint and mirrors to accessories, every little detail makes a big difference. Here are a few modern inspirations that will get you started on the right path –

Natural sunlight combined with lovely lighting makes a small room appear brighter

by Stanislav Ermolenko

Purple brings sophistication to the room
Small bedroom that also doubles up as home office!

by The Interior Place

Smart design helps in maximizing space

by Sullivan Building & Design Group

Storage underneath the bed and decor that does away with legs – Perfect for small bedrooms

by Shor Home

Warm wooden tones combined with soothing gray in a compact bedroom

by Nicholas Moriarty Interiors

Pendant lights, mirror and the window above the bed bring in a sense of openness

by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

Pristine white backdrop with single accent tone can create bright and beautiful bedrooms


Loft bedroom with open walls seems as stunning as any larger contemporary bedroom

by Diego Alejandro Design

Bedroom in the attic
Cool Scandinavian style seems appropriate for compact attic bedrooms

by Whitten Architects

Watch your head at the break of dawn!

Lighting and Color

Most home owners tend to confuse between spaces that are airy and fresh and ones that are simply large. Size of the room has pretty much nothing to do with the vibe it exudes. Small bedrooms can look airy and pleasing when done right. Lighting and color play pretty much the most important part in it all. Try to keep the color combinations in a compact bedroom to a minimum. If you can work out a color scheme with white as the backdrop and introduce single accent color by using pillows, fabric or décor, then it appears all the more modern and graceful.

Glossy surfaces and neon lights create a more vibrant atmosphere
Keep it simple and minimal
Earthen hues and lovely lighting create a warm and romantic bedroom

Adding too many colors creates visual fragmentation of an already small space. This makes your bedroom look much smaller than it really is. Lighting is another aspect that you need to plan carefully for bedrooms short on space. Lighting pretty much makes or breaks any room; big or small. Try to eliminate all dark corners by suing several layers of lighting. Pendant lights and scones are a great choice as they save up on leg room as well!

Place the bed perfectly to save up on room
Simple and stylish space in purple
Use scone lighting to save up on leg room in compact bedrooms
White is a popular choice for small bedrooms!
Lovely little niche for the bed in white
Replace the nightstands with storage shelves
Always keep a small bedroom clean and uncluttered

by Michelle Hinckley

Eliminate all dark corners with several layers of lighting

All about Space and Mirrors!

Style is often about illusion. What appears to be the truth is often more important than what really is and perception makes a huge difference. This is as true for design of small spaces as it is for Hollywood! Creating ample leg room by using furnishings that occupy the vertical space is a wonderful way to free up the square footage. The walls of a small bedroom cannot look cluttered. Yet, they must be used to the hilt. From floating bedside tables to ergonomic shelves, every smart addition gives the room a huge facelift.

Use mirrors to create more visual space
Daft use of the vertical space on offer

by Sealy Design

Elegant storage options help hide away the mess

by Garret Cord Werner

Apart from sleek shelves that disappear into the walls, mirrors and glossy surfaces are a cool and trendy way to fashion more visual space. They also bring in a touch of Hollywood regency when coupled with plush fabrics. Use of skylights and large windows also adds to the freshness of a tiny bedroom while enhancing ventilation.

A long narrow room custom-crafted bed that fits in effortlessly
Black lamp shades steal the show here

by Vanessa De Vargas

Compact bedrooms need not give up on luxury one bit!
Fabulous small bedroom embraces minimalism with style
Floating stairs lead to the loft bed

by Building Lab

Keeping the room in single shade does make it appear a touch larger!
Modern loft bed perfect for small bedrooms

by Kia Designs

Painted floor adds color to this bedroom

Smart Design with Symmetry

Attic bedrooms and stylish guestrooms are gaining prominence as home owners are trying to make use of every available inch of room. Loft beds, Murphy bed designs and wall units that store away all the mess help in creating sleeker and more organized bedrooms as well. The trend of adding a small work space to the bedroom is also encouraging designers to opt for more ergonomic solutions. Bedroom benches with in-built storage units and trundle beds make for great choices as well as they tuck away the unnecessary.

Notice the woven baskets that double up as bedside table
A sliding door and a Murphy bed help create a bedroom out of nothing!

by Art of Construction

Innovative use of sliding doors to create a bedroom in an open floor plan

by The Sliding Door Company Vancouver

Creating a contemporary and stylish small bedroom is not the hardest task. In essence, it is all about what you can take away and not what you can add to the room. Keeping things simple, uncomplicated and minimal, helps a great deal. Pick themes that vary from semi-minimalism to Scandinavian for rooms that are more pleasing. Avoiding the temptation to add too many layers of color and décor is the key to attaining the perfect look.

Smart daybed offers ample storage

by Amy Lau Design

Neutral tones make small bedrooms appear more spacious

by Chandos Interiors

Symmetry is an absolute must for small bedrooms to appear a tad bit bigger

by Union Studio

Use the space up top clear up some room below!
Scone lighting is a good choice for bedrooms short on space

by Chip Webster Architecture

Large number of windows makes this room seem larger than it really is

by Andra Birkerts Design

Murphy beds that can be tucked away easily are a great addition to small apartment lofts

by Normal Projects

Use wallpaper even for the sloped attic roof to create visual uniformity

by Gast Architects

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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