Good Question: Small Bedroom Solutions

Good Question: Small Bedroom Solutions

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Janel Laban
Jun 8, 2007

Emma wrote to us: "I just moved into the most lovely fourplex, and while the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all roomier and nicer than any apartment I've ever lived in... the bedroom is the smallest I've ever inhabited in my entire life! While I have no problems with size, I'd like for it to look really great and be as functional as possible."

"I've already decided to combine black and white with my current favorite color, yellow, to brighten it up... but something still seems a bit plain about it. What would you guys do to spruce it up and give it more room for my huge collection of clothing?

I've just recently gotten into this whole home decorating thing, but I'm willing to modify my furniture for beauty.. especially my super boring "ikea birch" dresser!!

Some specs: it is approx. 7.5 by 9 feet, with eensy teeny but very tall closet. There are two doors - one leads to our back foyer (pictured in the top right), the other to another bedroom (pictured in the lower right), and one window."


Just to kick things off, a few ideas:

1) Great looking room, we love the colors and honestly it doesn't give the impression of being too small or cramped in the photos. Nice job so far.

2) RE: Your comment about it looking a bit plain...We think what it needs is some wall decoration. Art, art, art. And since the room is not large, we'd go with one over-sized piece, rather than a bunch of small pieces. Artwork that is big and bold and colorful on one of the walls would be spectacular.

3. Clothing storage: If you are up for a re-do of your Ikea dresser, how about using a patterned wallpaper treatment like the one shown here to spiff it up and make it a statement piece. Since it was reasonably priced, you can give this a try without too much anxiety - and if you just cover the wood, the clear inserts on the drawers would be a nice a nice visual break in the pattern.

Ok, AT-at-home designers...take it away...

Wallpaper Dresser image from Cote Maison via: Another Shade of Grey

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