40 Small Bedrooms That Don't Skimp on Style

tiny bedroom

Nicole Franzen

Having a small space may burden you with more storage issues than your neighbor with greater square footage, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a beautiful space, too. Feel uninspired by your teeny-tiny set-up? Not so enthusiastic that your bedroom is actually, um, a closet? We've got you covered with a curated collection of tiny but chic bedrooms. It's time to make your sleeping space totally dreamy.

Here are our best design tips for truly tiny bedrooms.

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Choose Bold Curtains

small bedroom

Nicole Franzen

You may not have much square footage to work with, but a few sculptural pieces and a mix of patterns will infuse all the personality you need. These palm leaf curtains frame the bed in, creating symmetry and making the room feel way more fun. And that exposed brick? Perfection.

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Embrace the Cozy

small bedroom

Nicole Franzen

Standing up is not an option in this vertically challenged loft bedroom. However, it seems like the perfect place to doze off. Add lots of pillows and throw blankets to up the cozy vibes.

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Forgo the Gallery Wall

Small bedroom decorating tips

Ryan Liebe; DESIGN: Emily Henderson

Instead of a gallery wall, which can make a small space feel too busy, opt for one large framed work of art. It adds personality to your room, without overwhelming it. Additionally, it can work as a statement piece to design your room around.

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Have a Storage System

Small bedroom storage ideas

 Sara Tramp; DESIGN: Emily Henderson

Storage is key in a small bedroom, so make sure you have a system that's functional and stylish. You can find plenty of cute storage bins so everything has a place. If you don't want any bins on display, store them under the bed.

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Take Advantage of Wall Space

small bedrooms

 Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson

Walls aren't just for artwork—your clothing can double as décor, too, with a chic hanging rack. This trick gives you more closet space and keeps your walls from feeling bare. Plus, it gives you an excuse to show off your favorite fits,

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Create Symmetry

Symmetrical Bedroom

Kate Osborne DESIGN: Studio McGee

Just because your bedroom is small doesn't mean you should forgo double nightstands. Creating symmetry in a small room helps it feel more cohesive. Opt for a smaller bed and smaller nightstands to create the look with less space.

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Mix Textures

Bedroom Art

Monica Wang

From the cozy sheepskin to the patterned area rug, to the bedding—this small bedroom has a mix of textures, and it makes it feel so cozy. Mixing textures is also a way to add dimension to a space, without being too bold or busy. It can help bring to life a room that isn't boasting much color and keep it from falling flat.

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Lean Your Mirror

Leaning Mirror

Becky Kimball DESIGN: Studio McGee

Mirrors can instantly make a small room feel so much larger, but we love this trick because it serves you, too. Getting ready in the morning will be so much easier with a full-length standing mirror in your bedroom to try on outfits in.

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Keep It Neutral

Small Bedroom Furniture

Courtesy of Fantastic Frank 

We can never resist a white, bright, and airy room, no matter how big or small it is. This tiny bedroom feels so soothing thanks to the natural light, ethereal curtains, and neutral palette. Plus, white is considered the go-to hue when you're trying to create the illusion of a larger space—which can't hurt in a smaller setting.

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Choose Light Paint Colors

Blue Bedroom

Fantastic Frank

It's the oldest trick in the book, but the lighter the paint color, the bigger the room will feel. White not your style? Opt for baby blue, light pink, or butter yellow to add some color without being too saturated.

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Add Greenery

small bedroom tips

Mary Costa; DESIGN: Jennifer Wallenstein

Bring the outdoors in with a large potted plant. Whether you go real or faux, adding a touch of greenery to your small room will make it feel homey, cozy, and add will a pop of color to the space. There are a wide variety of styles and options—you'll easily be able to find one that works for you,

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Incorporate Built-Ins

Small Master Bedrooms

Courtesy of Amber Interiors

Because you're probably lacking in storage and wall space in your small bedroom, incorporating built-ins is a way to gain more storage. Opt for ones with both open and closed shelving, so the open ones can be used to display décor, while the closed ones can be used to hide clutter. Either way, you'll have plenty of space to work with!

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Go Boho

Cozy Bedroom

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Choosing Bohemian design elements, like a rattan bed and patterned rug is a way to infuse a ton of personality into a small space without having to clutter it with a bunch of décor items. In this small room, the bed, rug, and pendant are all that is needed to make the room feel stylish and complete.

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Make an Accent Wall

small bedroom design

Julia Sperling ; DESIGN: Jessica McCarthy

An accent wall is a fun way to add personality to a room, without feeling like it's just too much. This is particularly helpful in small rooms. Wallpaper or paint the wall behind your bed, but leave the rest of the walls neutral.

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Add Height

Small Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Courtesy of BHDM Design

You might think a four-poster bed is a no-no in a small room, but it can actually work to your advantage. It draws your eye up, focusing on the vertical space of the room rather than the small width. Plus, it adds a bit of drama that's hard to resist.

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Eliminate Clutter

Clutter-Free Bedroom

Pella Hedeby

Clutter is going to show up much more in a small bedroom than a large one, so keep everything contained. If possible, pare down and keep only what you really need in the room. If you need all of your belongings, keep things organized and stored efficiently, so things don't get out of hand.

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Add an Oversized Sconce

Small Master Bedroom Design Ideas

Courtesy of Amber Interiors

An oversized sconce creates a trompe l'oeil effect to make your space appear larger. It also conserves floor space, eliminating the need for a floor lamp, and doubles as décor.

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Try a Built-In Nightstand

Small Bedroom Ideas

Courtesy of BHDM Design

Take your nightstand off the floor to conserve floor space. It'll make the room feel larger, and add a unique personality to the room. Plus, the unused space underneath can be a perfect spot for extra storage or kept bare to keep things looking less cluttered.

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Choose a Soothing Palette

soothing color palette

Tyler Karu

This is something that's relevant in both large and small bedrooms, but a soothing color palette will feel more tranquil and help you relax —plus it'll also help make the room feel bigger. That doesn't mean you have to stick to whites, though. This room incorporates pink, purple, and gray, and the result is soft and calming.

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Add a Statement Light

zen bedroom decorating ideas

Alyssa Rosenheck for Oxford Exchange Design

You won't necessarily have a lot of room to make bold style statements, so do it with a statement piece of lighting. There are plenty of statement lighting options, from globe pendants to oversized floor lamps, and more. This chandelier stands out in a small bedroom and helps to glam it up.

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Don't Be Afraid of Dark Colors

small bedroom with dark walls

Alvin Wayne

While lighter neutrals and whites are often recommended for smaller bedrooms, this doesn't mean you have to abandon dark hues altogether. Painting your walls a bold shade of black and pairing it with different patterns and styles is a stunning idea for small rooms that are looking for a more reserved, mysterious feel. This works especially well if you're able to have open windows to fill the room with natural light and keep the space from feeling too stuffy.

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Try All The Angles

small bedroom with angled rug

Home Consultant

Your bedroom furniture and dećor don't have to stay in strict, straight lines. In fact, playing around with angles can not only give your room a fresh look but can accentuate certain features of dećor you want to stand out. The way this patterned rug is turned at an angle (and resting under only part of the bed) draws your attention to the rug while simultaneously giving the illusion of a bigger space.

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Make Your Walls Work for You

bedroom with floating bookshelf

Afro Bohemian Living

No room for a bookshelf? No problem. Installing a floating shelf and stacking books can be the perfect solution when you don't have the space for another piece of furniture—plus, it looks effortlessly cool.

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Be Artistic in Your Approach

small bedroom with swan mural and leather headboard

Anne Sage

You may not have a ton of space to work with, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of it. Adding a mural or some decorative wallpaper as an accent wall and pairing it with another statement piece of furniture—like the leather headboard in this bedroom—can create a showstopping motif. Add a handful of smaller, decorative touches around the rest of the space you aren't detracting from the larger concepts.

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Get Playful With Patterns

small bedroom with accent wall

Ann Living

Adding some dimension to your room is easier than you think. Pairing different patterns together that share color themes can create a unified space without everything remaining too matchy-matchy. The bedsheets and pillows on this bed share a few colors with the wallpaper print behind it, allowing for a cohesive feel yet a playful style.

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Turn Your Attic Into a Bedroom Space

attic bedroom

Arbor & Co.

You might be surprised at what you can do with a small unused space. Attic bedrooms are perfect examples—clear out the clutter and substitute it for a bed and nightstands instead. The results can be absolutely stunning.

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Use Curtains In Unexpected Places

small bedroom with wood accent wall

Arbor & Co.

Curtains can be used for more than windows. If you want to add a bit of flair to your space, opt for hanging curtains in the middle of your room to create separate spaces. These bold, black curtains in the bedroom shown here can be tucked to the side when not in use, yet pulled shut when you want some privacy.

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Paint Your Brick

small bedroom with white brick walls

Becca Interiors

If you're working with a loft area—or any small room with some exposed brick—it may be worth your while to look into shaking things up. Painting your brick a stunning shade of white can create a spacious feel and a clean modern look. It can also give you a blank slate to work with if you decide to change up your dećor style.

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Invest in Smart Tech

small bedroom with smart tv

Black and Blooms

When working with a smaller bedroom, space is everything. So, finding furniture and items that can serve multiple purposes is a godsend. The piece of art hanging on this wall isn't just framed artwork—but a smart TV. Mounted on the wall, this television can be switched to showcase a stunning piece of art that can match your dećor theme perfectly without having an eyesore of a television perched on top of your dresser.

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Think Monochromatic

white bedroom with mixed fabrics

Calimia Home

Want to keep things simple? Try your hand at a monochromatic theme. While sticking with only one shade can sound boring, the key is to use plenty of different textures, fabrics, and prints to keep things interesting.

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Hang Around

small bedroom

Cottage + Sea

We've mentioned that fresh greenery can brighten up a space, but you don't have to solely stick to potted plants to make that happen. Hanging bunches of different plants from your ceiling can add a boho flair to your space—but you can also try macrame plant hangers or see-through options to showcase air plants. Either way, these pops of color are up and out of the way.

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Opt for Scandinavian Style

small bedroom with natural materials

Corner House Creatives

Dark neutral tones and natural materials are a strong signature of the Scandinavian theme. The good news is, these concepts are an ideal fit for smaller bedrooms. This minimalistic bedroom keeps things simple without appearing bland.

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Play With Height

small bedroom

Design: Ajai Guyot for EHD/Photographer: Ellie Lilstrom

Let's be honest—we can't always find the perfect side table that matches our bed. However, if you can't find furniture that matches in height, try allowing your dećor to make up the difference. This bedside table is on the shorter side, but the strands of plants sticking out of the decorative vases keep the height even with the top of the headboard—allowing things to appear more symmetrical.

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Work With Pops of Color

pattern small bedroom

Emily Henderson

If you want to go neutral on the walls and for the majority of the space, you have plenty of concepts to play around with. Sticking with mostly white walls and natural textures is a great look on its own, but add in pops of color and you've taken things to the next level.

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Try a Cabin Style

small bedroom cabin style

Hannah Tyler Designs

Wood palettes have a unique way of turning a standard room into something straight out of a rustic dream. This bedroom boasts wooden panels across the walls and ceiling, giving the room a decidedly cozy vibe. It feels as though your small bedroom has been transported to an outdoor oasis.

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Lighten Things Up

boho style small bedroom

Herzen Stimme

Want to create some subtle mood lighting? Rather than relying on harsh overhead lighting, incorporating strands of string lights throughout the space can help create a glow that will add to the warmth of your space. Starry night, indeed.

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Let The Natural Light In

small bedroom with bare walls and open windows

Home Consultant

While keeping your windows bare isn't an option for everyone, allowing the natural light to pour into a small space can help things to feel more open and spacious. If you're still craving privacy, opt for sheer curtains that can still block unwanted attention without compromising on the sunshine.

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Keep Things Minimal

small bedroom with greenery

Home by Polly

You don't have to be a strict minimalist or maximalist when designing your room—there are plenty of happy mediums to embrace. Adopting minimal ideas in terms of how much furniture you have can be a good thought to keep in mind when you have less space available, but if you find dećor that you genuinely love? Find a way to incorporate it!

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Work With Built-In Storage Options

small bedroom

JC Design

Cubbies and totes are great options for storing items out of sight and out of mind. However, if you can spring for it, opting for furniture that has built-in furniture can keep things looking sleek and streamlined without adding another basket to your ever-growing pile.

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Try a Midcentury Flair

small bedroom with colorful blanket

Margaret Wright Interior + Lifestyle Photography

Midcentury modern tends to hold appeal for a reason—it looks great in any size space. Furniture with pin-style legs, abstract art, and clean geometric options like the bedside lamp shown in the room here, all create a stylish, inviting atmosphere that is easy to relax in.

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