16 Small Master Bedroom Ideas That Prove Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better

Updated 05/06/19
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Sure, a sprawling master bedroom with enough space for a chaise lounge, a fireplace, and enough storage for an entire family sounds lovely, but not everyone has the luxury of space. The truth is, small master bedrooms can look just as nice and function just as well, that is if you know how to decorate them to their full potential. After all, don't they say that the best things come in small packages?

The advantage with small spaces is that for the same budget, you have less square footage to cover, which means you can spend more per inch than you would in a larger bedroom. So where should you spend your money when it comes to you tiny master bedroom? We turned to our favorite interior designers' projects to find out.

From the right paint colors to adequate lighting and clever storage, there are a million ways to make your small master bedroom feel clean, airy, functional, and cozy all at once. Get ready for some major inspiration for your petite space—these are the best small master bedroom ideas to transform your space.

Dark Walls + Moody Light

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Small bedrooms with little natural light typically look better and cozier with warm dark walls, like in this NYC bedroom by interior designer Tali Roth.

The trick to achieving the ultimate moody and cozy space is ensuring that your lighting is layered and soft. Paper shades achieve this effect beautifully.

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Built-In Bookcases + Large Rug

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Petite bedrooms are often low in storage space, so if you can, maximize your wall space by adding built-in bookcases with both open and closed shelving. 

A large rug will also make a room appear wider, so pick a rug that fits almost the entirety of the floor space while leaving six inches of flooring on each wall.

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Small Accent Chair + Four-Poster Bed

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Contrary to popular belief, a four-poster or canopy bed looks great in a small space. Why? Because it draws the eye up, pulling attention away from the width and length of the space.

Even if you don't have a ton of space for accent furniture, a simple chair or luggage rack can add loads of function to your space, providing a surface on which to put down your bag when you get home at night.

The trick to achieving the ultimate moody and cozy space is ensuring that your lighting is layered and soft. 

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Dark Walls + All-White Bedding

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A monochrome palette can do wonders to a small space, but a high-contrast palette can look even better. Try painting your walls a dark taupe color while keeping floors in a high-gloss white. Further enhance the contrast by painting your door black.

As for the furnishings, opt for all-white linen bedding to keep textures simple, and add in a few natural textures like jute and warm wood to layer into the space.

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Exntended Headboard + Built-In Nighstand

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Making your own headboard can entirely transform your small space, by visually extending the bed from wall-to-wall to make the small space look intentional.

If you're feeling very handy, try to mount your nightstand and lighting onto the wall or headboard as well to save floor and surface space.

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Greenery + Soft Textures

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A low bed with loads of tone-on-tone soft textures will blur the lines between the bed and floor, creating an infinity effect that can make your space appear wider, like in this Williamsburg loft.

Even if you're opting for a neutral monochrome palette, a bit of greenery can do wonders to your space by bringing the outside in and adding visual interest.

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All-White Tones + Wire Metal Furniture

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An all-white color palette is a surefire way to make your small master bedroom appear wider, especially if the space is light-drenched. Layer tonal soft furnishings to enhance the airy and light effect.

To contrast with your white-on-white space, add in a few pieces of black wire furniture. Wire legs don't take up much room and are delicate enough not to visually clutter a space, but they will provide a stark contrast to add to the visual interest of the space.

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Oversize Sconce + Layered Storage

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Though it may be counterintuitive, try adding an oversize sconce to the wall above your bed as a trompe l'oeil effect to make your space appear larger.

Another great trick for small bedrooms that are low on space is to choose furniture pieces that can be layered, like a nightstand under which you can tuck storage baskets.

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