Ideas to Steal from The Narrowest of Bedrooms

Ideas to Steal from The Narrowest of Bedrooms

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Dabney Frake
Aug 10, 2015

There’s small and then there is narrow. And narrow bedrooms can make you feel like you’re lying prone in a casket, and buried deep, deep underground. Learn all the tricks to make yourself believe that the space is actually as wide open as a prairie.

(Image credit: Introspective Magazine)

Avoid horizontal stripes which emphasize the narrow width of the room, and use vertical ones instead. This room designed by Veere Grenney draws your eye up to the ceiling, making it look more expansive. Diagonal lines also work nicely too; they call attention to the long distance between far corners.

(Image credit: Annaleenas Hem)

White paint is the ultimate space brightener, so keep things clean and simple when you choose color. If you need something beyond white, like the bedroom above designed by Annaleena, choose monochromatic shades and keep it light.

Paint both smaller end walls a darker shade than the other longer walls. The end walls will appear as if they are coming closer, and the room will feel more square instead of a narrow rectangle.

Break up long walls with clusters of artwork or decor. Avoid series of frames hung side by side that are all the same.

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Wedge the bed in horizontally between the two far walls to open up as much floor space as possible, without breaking it up. Via House & Garden.

Raise up the bed just enough to create added space underneath. IKEA Live Magazine featured this handsome bedroom with added storage in the bed. But because the furniture is low for the most part, the room still feels airy.

(Image credit: Elle Interior)

Make full use of the window at the end of the room. Elle Decor (via Desire to Inspire) shows that the sill can double as a nightstand.

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