Smart & Stylish Design Tips from an Extremely Tiny Bedroom

Smart & Stylish Design Tips from an Extremely Tiny Bedroom

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 23, 2016
(Image credit: Lisa Tilse )

Extremely tiny bedrooms—like, not much bigger than the bed small—can be a challenge to decorate and arrange when you want to have a room that functions well and looks good. But Lisa Tilse of the blog We Are Scout made some smart and stylish decisions in her teenage daughter Roxy's tiny bedroom.

(Image credit: Lisa Tilse )

From Lisa of We Are Scout:

The room is TINY! It measures 6.5 x 8.75 feet—which is just enough space for a double bed to fit across. And the bed takes up more than half the floor space! Roxy wanted to have a comfy teen retreat that feels grown up but still cool. She asked for a larger bed so that she could hang out and chat with her friends, and just be able to flop onto and relax.

(Image credit: Lisa Tilse )

I chose the Ikea TARVA double bed because of its simple design and I assembled it without the headboard. Instead I hung an Ikea MANDAL headboard (cut to fit the space) on the back wall as a feature. Running along the side of the bed, the wooden headboard is a practical solution for storage, a textural focal point, and it looks like a wall feature rather than a headboard.

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The ceilings in our apartment are 11 feet high, so to balance the vertical space I created horizontal features to visually widen the room. The aqua half-wall, the wooden headboard running along the length of the bed, and the soft pink mural wall that finishes in line with the picture rails, are all horizontal lines that lead your eye around the room and keep the space grounded. Two string planters hang from the ceiling to add some interest higher up, and visually link the high wall and ceiling spaces with the rest of the room.

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My girl is an avid reader, so bookshelves were a non negotiable inclusion in her new teen retreat. Vertical bookshelves are great for tiny rooms – you can fit a lot on them without compromising on floor space. The Ikea FJALKINGE shelves are perfect for this bedroom because they fit neatly behind the inward-opening French doors, and despite taking up minimal floor space, the height and the two drawers make them super practical. The open framework gives the shelves a lightness that helps open up the room. A solid piece of furniture would look heavy and too dominant in this small space.

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I decided against wall mounted cupboards because they would only make the room seem smaller. We are using the space under the bed for storage and everything else fits neatly in Ikea VARDO storage boxes. The boxes have covers to keep the dust out, and wheels so they roll in and out easily without damaging the floor.

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As the bed is the feature of the room choosing the right bed linen was important. We opted for layers of bright colours and minimal pattern, so it looks cosy and textured but not busy. The star of the show - all the bed linen - is from Australian brand Kip & Co.

What's great about Kip & Co products is that the stunning colour palette is so expertly curated that you can mix and match pretty much anything—all the colours and patterns—and they'll work together. On Roxy's bed we mixed and matched and clashed soft rose, mustard, emerald, teal, pink, peach, grape and hot pink… and it looks incredible. The quirky and cool limited edition Banana Bunch wall hanging is also from Kip & Co.

Thanks Lisa and Roxy!

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4 smart takeaways from this stylish teen bedroom:

1. Use the area around your bed
From the wall next to your bed, to the space under your bed—you can find room for storage and display that doesn't have to take up precious floor space.

2. Choose tall and open shelving/bookcases
By going up, you take up unused real estate and add needed storage. By keeping shelving open, you don't add visual bulk and weight to an already small space.

3. Use paint to manipulate the way the room looks and feels
Because this room had such a small floor plan but a high ceiling, Lisa used paint to create horizontal accents that would move the eye around instead of up. She also added a mural on one wall to add interest to a space without having to add a ton of extra art.

4. Go all out on your bedding!
If you don't have room in your bedroom for much else other than a bed, then go all out when it comes to choosing bedding. Go for bold colors, interesting textures or anything else that will make your tiny bedroom feel luxe.


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