How to Maximize Style and Function in a Small Bedroom

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Inside: My best tips for creating a stylish, small bedroom. This room is only 9×9 and it’s packed full of fabulous decor and storage ideas. 

I’m hopping back into the Room by Room Summer Series this week with an updated tour of our guest room and some tips for how to maximize style and function in a small bedroom!

I skipped out of the second week which showed off kitchens (check out the links here!) because – well, I just couldn’t get myself in order enough to get photos done. If you want to see our kitchen, have a look at my most recent update that we did for $1200 using paint and peel and stick tiles!

I’ve done the other two bedrooms on this floor already, check out our Master Bedroom that I did with rustic wood furniture and moody blue tones and our daughter’s nursery that is full of amazing IKEA Hacks and repurposed pieces.

Step One: Assess your Space

You might have been following along last year at this time when I was deep into the makeover process for this space. I was about 25 weeks pregnant and was determined to transform the teeny tiny 8×9 foot room into a sweet space for my Mom to stay.

It started like this:

And this was the reveal last year. It took me a while to assess the space and figure out the best place to put the bed. That is crucial in a small room – you need space on each side to move comfortably and ideally, space at the foot of the bed as well. In this case, I tried the bed under the window and it wasn’t balanced enough. Determined to stick to a queen in here, we put it on the longest wall.

Guest Room REVEAL

Step Two: Use Pattern and Paint

Small spaces can absolutely handle pattern – large scale or small scale. In this case, it’s limited in tone and colour. We paired a bold damask paper with white painted walls and wainscoting and I add lots of pillows with small patterns to the bed. (I rotate my pillows a lot).

Step Three: Keep Drapery Simple

Because I chose to go bold on the walls in here, I had to stay neutral on the drapery. It would have created too much for the eye. I double up on white panel drapery in every room in the house, I love the light and airy feel.

Step Four: Focus on Lighting

Lighting is very important in a small room. In here, the main light is a gorgeous and sparkly chandelier, but the reading lights are wall mounted and simple. This clears space on the side tables for things people actually need, like phones, books, glasses, water bottles etc. Each bedroom should have at least three light sources, so choose wisely in a small space.

Step Five: Consider Storage

The major change, however, has been with the storage. Originally I had a six-drawer bureau in the room and quickly realized that it didn’t work well for guests. In a small bedroom space, it was so important to have somewhere to tuck suitcases and baggage out of the way. So I replaced it with a leggy table and a blanket ladder to hold towels. Suitcases now fit under the table and it keeps the flow of the room so much more open. 

I still love how dreamy the white drapes are and how airy the room feels with the white paint and traditional graphic wallpaper. It is such a small bedroom, but keeping the space clean and one colour scheme really helps to make it feel bigger.

I actually slept in this room quite a bit when LB was first born. At the time, we hadn’t started our Master Bedroom makeover and this was the only bedroom with good, soft reading lights. I would duck in here for late night feedings or to catch some sleep while Dan was on baby duty. 


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