Most bungalow homes are inviting dwellings that offer richness in detail and extraordinary appeal. But with that irresistible charm, you often only get a modest amount of space, and small spaces can mean big challenges. Extend the flow of visual appeal to your most private interior -- your bedroom -- by planning wisely to create a sanctuary that exudes with personal warmth and style.
Keep colors light. Restricting the color palette in your bedroom and using the same paint color on the walls and ceiling makes a room seem bigger. For a cheerful refuge, consider a palette of white with accents in pale blue or navy hues. Use a white color scheme with shades of steel gray and charcoal for a clean, modern appeal. Neutral colors in white, beige, gray and taupe are refined and serene. If you prefer a more colorful palette, try to reserve bold color for your art, bedding and accessories. By adding vibrant color through accents, you will easily be able to update a room with a mix of color while still keeping your room fresh and bright.
The Illusion of Space
An extra-large mirror creates the appearance of more square footage. Place a mirror across from a window, and you instantly increase natural light. Both adding a rod larger than the window and hanging floor-to-ceiling drapery make a window seem larger and promote the appearance of height. Crown molding provides the illusion of extra length and more space; additionally, the architectural detail often adds value to a home. Show off beautiful wood floors and limit the size of accent rugs that can make tiny spaces seem smaller.
One oversized piece of furniture complements a small room when the rest of the furniture is kept minimal. Consider using a large wardrobe armoire for storage that will help to maintain an uncluttered space. Instead of a queen- or king-size bed, use a full-size bed with an extra-tall tufted headboard for added character. Take advantage of thin, leggy nightstands that work much better in a small room than bulky ones. Narrow, vintage twin beds are a stylish option for a guest room. Place a writing desk with an upholstered accent chair between beds instead of traditional nightstands.
Tips and Ideas
Try not to overwhelm a small room with too many accessories. Instead of hanging a group of small pictures, consider an oversized painting, which looks stunning and less cluttered in a modest room. For cottage charm, replace art with flea-market window frames or shutters. Wall-mounted sconces echo elegant simplicity, while glass lamps produce a light and airy feeling. Layer beds with accent pillows for added interest; fabrics with texture work better in a small room than large bold patterns. Clutter builds up fast in tiny spaces, so assign everything a place and use under-bed storage bins to keep clutter under control.