‘Space Faking It !’ in Small Bedrooms October 18 2014
‘Space Faking It !’ in Small Bedrooms
This month in our series of ‘Space Faking It’, we feature simple solutions for small bedrooms. Many of the Snowy Mountains apartments we have worked on have severe space restrictions in the bedrooms and we try to make them feel larger. Here are some design solutions we have implemented over the years which you can borrow for your homes
PAINT- our bedrooms are a wind down space so paint the walls in lighter hues and consider painting the ceiling the same shade as the walls to erase shadow lines that visually define the space and the rooms parameter. We describe this technique on the back page of the September Echo and our Snowy Mountains Designers Blog www.tradingindesign.com.au
Why not paint a contrasting very dark wall say behind the bed?
If you paint your walls and ceiling white against a dark wall, the space will feel smaller and your eye can gain an immediate sense of the size of the room
I want more colour in my room how do I achieve this? Certainly paint the bedhead wall. The larger the room the deeper tone the paint colour can be.
For a small room use a gentle colour such as a fresh pale green bringing the outside in, gentle blue, warm grey or tones of mud
The feature wall colours can then be pulled down onto the bed as cushions and accessories
BEDHEADS - When we wish to create the feeling of greater
wall length we run the bedhead either wall to wall
or cover the width of the bed and the bedside tables.
Wall mount your bedhead in-line with the top of the bed
alleviating the blocky feel. This maximises your floor space as
the bed tucks under the bedhead rather than sitting in front of it
LIGHTING - Don’t take up precious bedside table space with bulky lamps and oversize shades. Install wall sconces, pendant lighting or down lights over the bed providing task lighting on each side of the bed. Switch them from beside your bed by integrating the switching into the bedhead or use pull cords. Just remember to measure carefully and hang them low enough so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn them off
INTERGRATE BEDSIDE TABLES, WARDROBES AND LIGHTING
Surround the bed with task oriented built-in joinery - shelving, cupboards and drawers. Gaining storage and maintaining floor space. Down lights integrated into the storage bulkhead over provide illumination. Recess the bed into the middle of this piece, gaining floor space. The back wall can be padded with a bedhead, wallpapered or painted a feature colour.
USE A DAYBED - If you bed length is literally squished between two walls, use as a daybed creating a small sitting area, instead of a small bedroom that’s been taken over by a bed.
Daybeds often have storage built in underneath too — another bonus
MY BED HAS TO SIT UNDER MY WINDOW - Make the most of your sunlight. Try a see through metal bedhead or wall hung bedhead to sill height
SPECIAL TOUCHES - Replacing old bedding makes a world of difference. The warmer months are approaching so introduce a set of white or neutral sheets of the highest thread count, pair with light weight summer throws and top with a selection of deluxe pillows. As a finishing touch, add a lightweight throw at the end of the bed - citrus tones give a summery feel to the bedroom or even a Turkish Bath towel in 100% cotton perfect as light weight individual throws and wraps.
Cushions and co-ordinating candles from the Elume range add bright sunny colours in Lemongrass, Passionfruit, Mandarin Cassis, Guava, Gardenia and the gentle aroma is beautiful