As Homes Shrink, Demand for Small Bedroom Solutions Rise: Experts Share Their Top Tips

A recent study has found that homes have been decreasing in size every decade since the 1950s. The average size of a master bedroom during the 2000s was 144.5 sq ft, which now stands at 142.4 sq ft, a decrease of 3.05%. 

Search data shows that more people than ever are looking for design solutions for small bedrooms. Each month 830 people are scouring Pinterest for “small bedroom decor ideas” a 24% increase in the last 12 months and in March 2024 alone, over 27,000 people Googled “small bedroom decorating ideas” a 402% spike compared to the previous months.

That’s why the experts at Secret Linen Store have shared their expert tips with us for decorating a small bedroom. 

Stuck for small bedroom ideas? Fear not, as Molly Freshwater, Co-Founder of Secret Linen Store has shared her insights into creating a lovely bedroom no matter what the size.

4 Expert Tips for Decorating a Small Bedroom

With Secret Linen Store’s expert guidance, styling a small bedroom becomes not a challenge, but a creative opportunity. Welcome the interplay of colour, texture, and space-saving solutions to create a delightful bedroom that defies its compact dimensions. 

Reimagining Space with Colour Harmony

Dispelling the myth that dark colours shrink a room, Secret Linen Store champions the concept that strategic colour coordination can enhance the illusion of space. 

Molly suggests that “making the room the same tone or colour will make a super cosy feeling space, and the simplicity of keeping the colours all similar will keep it calm and very relaxing. If you want your small bedroom to feel cosy, choose a dark and moody colour and match your bed linen. Choose a warm colour, go for spices, warm pinks or naturals, add throws and cushions in similar colours and if you do add some pattern, keep the design quiet and subtle.”

Streamlined Bedding Solutions

While a bed topped off with plump cushions and fluffy throws may exude cosiness, in a small bedroom, less is often more. Instead, opt for lightweight, space-efficient alternatives such as 100% linen bedding. The dreamy draping qualities add elegance without overwhelming the space.

Functional Furniture

In the realm of small bedroom design, furniture selection is paramount. Bulky pieces can overwhelm a space, where sleek alternatives maximise roominess. Floating bedside tables or slender-legged options offer functionality without encroaching on precious floor space.

Light and Airy Window Dressings

Curtains play a pivotal role in bedroom ambience, particularly during sun-drenched summers. However, traditional blackout drapes may overpower a smaller space. Secret Linen Store champions the versatility of 100% Linen Curtains, striking the perfect balance between natural light and privacy. These breathable yet substantial textiles infuse rooms with an airy feel, further amplifying the perception of spaciousness.

When it comes to bedroom lighting, Molly adds, “keep the lighting soft, with yellow dimmable bulbs. The lighting, for me, is the most important finishing touch to any bedroom.”

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.