Bedrooms | Making Small Rooms Feel Bigger

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!

Nightstands | Getting Creative With Storage & Function

For some of us, nightstands serve a huge function in our bedroom.  They hold our lamp, store some clothing, and balance out the bed.  For others, they're not so important.  The simply function to be a placeholder for a cup of water at night or to hold the novel we were reading before bed.  The thing with nightstands, though, is that that term is really referring more to a position in the bedroom rather than a specific piece of furniture, because, honestly, there are many MANY pieces of furniture that can fit in that space, as long as the meet your functional needs.

So, consider what kind of a nightstand user you are.  There's the people with chests for nightstands that function as a second (or third) small dresser and then there's the people with one small table that holds a lamp.  Of course there are many people inbetween those two options, so decide where you fall.  Then, decide what you need in a nightstand.  Storage?  Table space? A cup holder? Something decorative? What?  There.  Now we can talk about the options and you can really figure out which options are options that could work for you.

One really easy nightstand option is an old chair.  Something hard with a flat surface for a seat.  Chairs are fairly narrow so they'll fit in a small bedroom, and they also have a back that can add a little variety in height.  If the chair is too large or you just don't have an extra, consider a small stool.

Maybe those items are a little too casual and don't offer the amount of storage you need.  If that's the case, you may want to go with something like an old trunk or even some sort of cedar chest.  Both of these items offer lots of table top space as well as storage space.  They may not work great in the height department but, that area might not be as important to you.  Something to consider!

Bar carts or any small piece of furniture on wheels can make for a really fun nightstand because it's moveable!  it would be easy to pull out and clean behind and also very convenient for those "breakfast in bed" times or too sick to get out of bed times.  Anything moveable is always a plus.

If you live in a loft or just have a space with an very industrial feel, stacked blocks of concrete can make for a quick and easy nightstand!  They might not feel so great to stub your toe on in the middle of the night but they'll give you the look!  Or maybe you're a little more rustic.  Try a wooden crate turned on it's side to give it some height and a little storage.  It might be a little wobbly, so be sure it's sturdy before placing anything too heavy on it!  Or maybe you just want to use what you've got and you've got a lot of large, heavy coffee table books.  Even those this option wouldn't be the most practical or easy to clean, stacking them on top of each other to function as a nightstand would definitely look cool!

Finally, a couple of tray tables moved from the family room to the bedroom would make for some great nightstands!  They have the surface space on top to hold a lamp, are a great height for function and have open space below for a basket or stack of books to sit!