Decorating a small room
14 November, 2022

We know decorating a small room can sometimes feel like a challenge but here are some ideas we think you will find useful.

Choose low bed

You can have a large headboard even in a small room which will look amazing.
For a small room think of the height of the bed and the height of the mattress. Lower beds do not dominate the room as much as high beds do.

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Bed low to the ground but off the ground

Make sure the bed frame is low to the ground but still raised off the ground. This type of bed works very well for a small space. In a small room you wouldn’t want the bed and mattress height combined to be higher than about 60 cm.

Choose a simple headboard

It should be simple and streamlined and you should avoid too much detail. You want to indulge in a designer feel but you need to keep a clean look.

Choose one focal point for the room

The focal point is the design element that catches your eye when you walk into the room. This is the furniture or décor that commands attention. All the other elements in the space should support this focal point.

Before you go shopping, think about what your focal point is going to be. Is it the headboard – do you want it to be a gorgeous velvet pink or blue. If so, keep in mind that your quilt or duvet cover and the art in the room should not compete with the headboard for attention. A pink headboard with a largely patterned duvet or quilt is going to feel overbearing in a small space.

If you have chosen a bed frame with a headboard, hang art on one of the other walls in the room to make the room feel less cluttered.

Bedside tables

Bedside tables should not look bulky that is both deep and tall. The bedside tables should complement the bed but not to dominate.

A good option is to go for a round bedside table, a round shape works in a small room as pieces with corners feel larger.

Avoid the bedside tables to be taller than the top of the mattress, should be at the same height as the top of the bed or lower.

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Bedside tables should not be cluttered

Keep clutter to a minimum in a small room so when you are styling the beside table keep to three or four objects. Include a lamp and some other pieces like flowers or a plant, a photo frame or an ornament. It is better to have three larger items that take up most of the bedside than several smaller items that fill the same space. The best way to make the room feel enticing and visually light is to make sure the pieces are larger and have space to breathe by avoiding small trinkets crammed in.


Choose a lamp that speaks to the style of the room but don’t choose too large. You don’t want it to be taller than the bed, not do you want the base of it to take up the entire top of the table. A round shade is a nice idea as it will feel less sharp and imposing.

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Keep art to one main pieces. Look to use an adjacent wall to display something glorious.
Art in a slimline frame is going to be visually less bulky than a canvas print.
Avoid a gallery wall in a small bedroom or displaying more than a few frames together.
Two frames side by side is nicer than one giant piece or art as they give you some breathing space in between them.

Avoid crazy patterns or anything too bright as it will make the bedroom less relaxing.

Framed artwork of a wire clothes hanger and 5 roses hanging from it 3 red and 2 white

Keep bedding simple

Small rooms require less bedding. Lots of pillows and blankets and throws will make it feel over full, cluttered and suffocating.

Consider something soothing but luxurious such as a linen set in a subtle shade. You can still have pillows at the head of the bed and a through at the end of it but gravitate towards simple elegance.

After 18 years in the IT industry, Doreen decided to surround herself on a daily basis by photography that she loves which led to the establishment of The Cow Artworks in 2004. In March 2006 she opened the gallery in Parkhurst and has thrived in this beautiful space. Her passion for travel affords her the opportunity to take photographs, particularly candid shots of street scenes, graffiti and architecture.