4 Easy Hacks to Make Your Bedroom Bigger

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Photo: Vice President George Bush knew the secret of light colors to make a space feel bigger. He and his wife Barbara relax in their bedroom with their daughter and her children. Photo: Huffington Post

Photo: Vice President George Bush knew the secret of light colors to make a space feel bigger. He and his wife Barbara relax in their bedroom with their daughter and her children. Photo: Huffington Post

Living in a teeny place in a big city? Or cohabitating with family and friends? While it’s better for the environment to have less stuff and more communal spaces, it can certainly feel a bit cramped at times when you want to spread out. On the plus side, it doesn’t take much to make your bedroom feel bigger. First things first: Tidy up. Then consider a few of these designer tricks to make your personal space feel bigger and better.

1. Choose a Light Color Palette

Photo: Etsy.com

Photo: Etsy.com

Create the illusion of more space with light paint colors. A crisp white or cream room will look bright, airy and open. Don’t have time to paint? As you decorate, use similar colors for a monochrome look. Tuck away that multi-colored afghan and those knick-knacks. It’s all about cohesion, so make it come together.

2. Think Double

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Photo: Krrb.com/joshlamiel?auto=format

Which pieces of furniture can do double duty? Think of the dual roles of any item. That trunk at the end of the bed? Store blankets inside and a basket of books on top.

A tiny console table? Put a lamp on it and use it for a desk. Make sure there’s ample storage underneath for a chair. This arched table in Brooklyn is a great example.

3. Create a Focal Point

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Both BuzzFeedDIY and Homesessive share this tip for making a room feel bigger: Create a focal point. Whether it’s a bright blue tufted headboard or a bookshelf with color-organized books, let your eyes land on one section of your room.

4. Hang What You Can

Photo: Gardenista.com

Photo: Gardenista.com


Think beyond (and in addition to) clothes hanging. Hang up scarves from hooks on the wall. Hang plants. Make a DIY plant hanger with rope and beads. Get as much up off the ground as you can for a cleaner, airier space.

 

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