Not to point out the obvious, but small bedrooms are notoriously difficult to decorate. When there's scarcely room for a bed, not to mention a nightstand, furnishing a bedroom that's lacking in space can be frustrating, to say the least. (Don't even get us started on the lack of storage space.) Curious as to how to make a 200-square-foot bedroom look and feel more like 400, we decided to consult the experts on the topic: interior designers who have perfected the art of making the most of every square inch.
Ahead, we tapped some of the best interior designers in the industry to share their go-to small master bedroom ideas — and they did not disappoint. From a timeless design trick that'll instantly double the square footage of any room to a classic paint color choice that can make even the tiniest of rooms feel spacious, this is how interior designers make a modestly sized bedroom appear twice as large. Keep scrolling to see exactly how the pros make the most of minimal square footage in a small master bedroom.
1. Resist buying things to fill space.
Small master bedroom ideas are all about optimizing functionality, notes interior designer Shea McGee of Studio McGee. "Make sure you're not overfilling the room, especially with items you don't need," she advises. Sometimes that means making sacrifices, such as opting for only one nightstand if you don't have the space for two, the designer explains. "Intentionally leaving open space in a room lets design moments breathe and can make a big spatial impact," she adds.
2. Opt for light colors.
"One of my tricks for making a space feel bigger is to keep the walls light," offers Los Angeles-based interior designer Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design. "I use White Dove by Benjamin Moore often," the designer divulges. "In small bedrooms, the light walls reflect natural light around all four corners of the room, making it look and feel larger than it really is," she explains. "Light walls also help bring calm and serenity into the bedroom, whereas dark walls make it feel smaller and more cavelike, which can be good in some cases but not when you're trying to make it feel bigger."
Toronto-based interior designer Anne Hepfer agrees with Alexander. "Light gray is one of my favorite wall colors to make a small bedroom feel bigger," the designer shares. "Gray is modern and chic, yet still so cozy. It's a sophisticated choice that can make your small bedroom look light and large."
3. Or, go bold with color.
Alternatively, for small master bedroom ideas, LA-based designer Kerry Vasquez of Kerry Vasquez Design suggests going bold with color to make your space feel larger. "Often people think they need to go light and white to make a room feel brighter and therefore bigger," she explains. "But I would argue that making a strong choice with color is bold and works best in a small space. It doesn't need to feel over the top, just intentional so the room feels special and considered."
4. Layer accessories — it won't look cluttered.
Contrary to what you might think, having fewer items in a small space won't necessarily make it appear larger. Instead, intentionally layering accessories to create vignettes can call attention to the design of the space and actually make the room feel bigger as a result. Make the most of a design moment in a small room by placing functional items alongside purely decorative objects. "We love the look of leaning art against the wall on a [nightstand] and even adding a small task lamp," according to design duo Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design.
5. Utilize a large mirror.
Using a mirror to create the illusion of a larger room isn't a new design trick, but when it comes to small master bedroom ideas, it can certainly be the most transformative one. "A large mirror will reflect both natural and artificial light, making your bedroom feel brighter and appear larger," San Fransisco-based interior designer Nicole Newkirk tells Hunker. "If you place a mirror on the opposite wall from a window it can create an illusion of making a bedroom feel bigger," she explains. "If you don't have a window, angle your mirror at a focal point in your room to give the illusion of depth."