Modern Australian homes are stylish, well built and highly energy efficient. Unfortunately, due to small house blocks in new subdivisions, they can often feel less spacious than older style homes. This is particularly true of bedrooms, which may be smaller than is optimal to provide enough living space in the home.
If your new home has bedrooms which are a little on the cosy side, you may be wondering how you can decorate rooms to make sure that you maintain an uncluttered and relatively spacious feel. Here are three simple ways you can streamline the look of your small bedroom and maximise the space that you have available.
1. Window blinds
Blinds have been a common feature in homes for decades. However, in recent years they've made a significant comeback as the window dressing of choice in modern home design. The sleek and unobtrusive design of modern blinds makes them a perfect choice for minimalist and fuss-free rooms.
Window blinds are great for any sized room, but in a small bedroom, they can make a massive difference in the perception of spaciousness. Because they sit neatly within the window frame, they don't protrude into the room at all, using less space both physically and visually.
2. Mirrored wardrobe doors
Most newly built homes have generously sized built-in wardrobes. This is important in a small bedroom, as a wardrobe provides ample storage so that the rest of the room doesn't feel cramped and over-filled with your belongings.
These built-in wardrobes also provide you with a great opportunity to increase the feeling of space and the amount of natural light in your small bedroom. Instead of painted doors, opt for full-size mirrored doors for your wardrobe. They will flood the room with light and create an optical illusion that visually doubles the size of the room.
3. Monochromatic palette
For many people, the private nature of a bedroom is a chance to choose colour schemes that are a little more adventurous and colourful than those chosen for the communal areas of the home. In a small bedroom, this can make a small room feel even smaller, with bright or dark colours creating a closed in and cramped feel.
Instead, opt for pale and soft colours in neutral shades such as white, cream or grey. This is a trick used by interior designers to make a space feel roomier, brighter and fresh. If you'd like to add a splash of colour, opt for subtle hints on items such as lampshades, decorative cushions or artwork.