Although this may be titled "bedrooms", the tips we'll be sharing can really apply to any small space so don't feel like the information is only for the bedroom. Store it away in your "helpful info" for the house manual and use it whenever you're feeling cramped.
For starters, don't be afraid of dark colors. We agree with the fact that lighter colors make spaces feel open and more breezy, instead of being stiff, however dark colors can work in small spaces too. We're typically not a fan of the accent wall when it has to do with paint (wallpaper is a different story)....however, a small space is one area where this can work for you. Since darker colors can make a space feel deeper, one wall in a darker shade can actually make the room feel longer.
Although we're big fans of a nice heavy, lined drape, small rooms really don't need any additional heaviness on the walls so going for something a little lighter is going to make the space feel more airy and open. Sheers are absolutely a thing so don't feel like you can't use them on windows. We love sheers in the right application too! And a small room is one of them!
Have an obvious focal point. In a bedroom, this would be the bed wall. You may choose a nice upholstered headboard or maybe just some fun art above the bed, whatever it is, don't be scared to do something a little dramatic or different. Since you don't want crazy pattern all over a small space, use your pattern-appropriate areas wisely and go for it!
So many people get caught up on the furniture and needing more of it, however, small spaces are limiting when it comes to how much furniture you can have before it feels crowded. Don't be afraid to bring in less to make it feel like more. For example, not every bed needs two bedside tables. If you only have room for one, you only have room for one. You can still make the bed wall feel balanced by placing a floor lamp on the other side or even a tall plant....just something to give the other side of the bed height. Maybe your bed wall only has one window on it forcing the bed into a corner. That's ok! Center whatever art you put on that wall over the bed rather than making it centered on the wall. This will create a little focal point and make the asymmetrical wall make a little more sense.
Taking less floor space and using more wall space is key in small spaces and scale matters! Using big art in small spaces can make walls feel taller and wider, so don't be afraid to fill the walls with big art! Also, consider your floor space--for example, if you're really strapped and hardly have room for much more than a bed, install sconces! This creates your focal point and frees up some floor space while still allowing you some light!
We're not going to lie, small spaces can be a challenge, but they can also turn out to be lots of fun! Hopefully these tips have helped you with some small space dilemmas you might be facing!