How to decorate a small bedroom to make it look bigger! Interior Designer, Exeter, Devon

#7 Top Tips To Help You On Your Way! 

#1 Measure

Take measurements of your floor, making notes of windows, radiators, doors, etc.  Measure the height of your walls – more about this later.

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#2 Colour – Paint

  • Think light reflective colours and keep them a warm hue, use a lighter colour for the woodwork in eggshell. This will protect your woodwork and has a slight sheen but isn’t super shiny and overbearing.

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#3 Wallpaper/Panelling/Canvas 

  • Use a decorative wallpaper to create a canvas or wallpaper panels that go behind the bed. This will create an impact and depth without soaking up too much light. Leave a gap above the canvas or paneling to create the feeling of height.

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#4 Floating Shelves 

  • Use floating shelves to create the illusion of more floor space, this is where the measurements you took of the wall height will help.  Think either horizontal or vertical when creating places to display accessories sticking to one.  Keep them light in colour or if you go for wood try using a light oak or ash. Corner floating shelves work well in a small bedroom. Go for good quality floating shelves you want the invisible brackets to be well made so they don’t bow and can take the weight.

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#5 Low-Level Furniture 

  • A low-level bed with low headboard is ideal for a small bedroom. A bed with storage is a must if you struggle to pull out the drawers due to space look at an ottoman storage bed.  If you would like to have bedside tables you can look for small, slim ones. When choosing lamps make sure your base is small and the lamps are compact. If your room won’t allow much more than the bed think about using a floating shelf/drawer unit, a small circular groove cut from the back and you can fit a lamp on top.
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    #6 Curtains & Window Treatments 

  • To make the room feel more spacious use simple window treatments. Shutters are a great option. If you would prefer the window to be more dressed use a simple lightweight fabric team with a blackout roller blind to keep the light out when needed. Raise the pole up high to create the feeling of space. Don’t let the fabric pool at the bottom you want to highlight as much floor space as possible.

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#7 Mirrors & Artwork 

  • Mirrors are great for a small bedroom they reflect light and create the feeling of space.  Use as large a mirror as you can on one of the walls. Decorative mirrors add light and visual interest to a small room.

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  • Artwork – I would suggest using a large piece of artwork above the bed.  This creates a beautiful focal point feature. Keep it simple this is the key to making a small bedroom feel much larger. Use your measurements you have taken of the wall height and width. Allow space either side of both the mirror and artwork.

 

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How To Decorate Your Home For Autumn? Devon Interior Designer

Simple, Effective Ideas 

It gets to that time of year where the seasons have changed and you feel like changing/updating your home decor.  Gone are the days of having a glass of wine outside and the summery accents.  It is time to think about giving your interior a lift!

Helping to lift your mood too!  Nothing beats after a long day lying on your sofa with a comfortable throw and soft cushion.

Looking at the uplifting accents around the room that make you feel warm inside!

Christmas arrives we get decorating and start organising all of the decorations we have been collecting over the years!  Like a whole project in itself!  Lights and decorations come out and it is serious stuff!  Carefully placing your eye-catching pieces around the home and the tree, well, that is whole other level!  Little own, the table and the table settings that transform your table!

The same can be achieved when the weather turns autumnal!  You can buy accessories you can bring out at this time of year and start playing about with the scheme in your home. From rugs, sofas, curtains, bedding, and accessories!  You can add as much or as little as you would like!

If you see something that catches your eye during the year start a collection!  A blanket box with some cushions on top is a great storage area for items like these!  It doesn’t have to be “Oh no, seriously?  We have to get them out of the loft!”

Colour 

On trend:

Emerald green with blush pinks looks gorgeous at this time of year for a lift.

Emerald & Blush Pinks 

Earthy & Uplifting Tones 

Fern, olive, eggshell, burnt orange, rustic red, and midnight blue for a deep moody feel.  You can look at different colours to see what accents would be good to use.  If you don’t feel sure what to go for try patterns and textures in a similar tone.  Try using a tone deeper, richer than the existing colour scheme in place.  These will still stand out!

 

Easy Ways To Introduce These Colours 

Think pattern, texture, and form.  Use layers of colour using rugs, cushions, and throws. Luxury, soft throws that can be draped over the sofa or armchair ready to cosy up with when it starts to feel colder outside!  They add character to your sofa or chair too or can be used in a block colour as an accent.

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Harris Tweed Cushion

 

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Jasmine Silk Throw – In Nude

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Luxury Reversible Pure Throw

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Herringbone Cashmere Throw

Rugs & Accessories

You can add a small rug or go large if you have the space to store and switch them over.  Use a plain deep blue, teal or a modern pattern rug for a more contemporary feel but uplifting in these cooler months.

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Monochrome Scheme

Layer a soft white scheme using darker shades of grey continuing with dark slate for a look that stands out.  Try using cushions and rugs with prints to add visual interest.  Quirky displays of artwork and greenery for example eucalyptus in a vase looks really effective.

Materials 

Think, ceramic vases, copper, and two-tone will add a tactile and visually interesting feel to your home.  This is a really inexpensive way of giving your interior a splash of colour or adding shine to a dull day!  You can be as subtle as you feel or as bold or go home!  Mix and match will give your scheme a great feel!

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Two Tone Vase

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Geo Vases

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Kiata Vase – Orange & Grey

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Textured Ceramic Blue Cobble Vase

Have fun and enjoy adding different cushions, throws, rugs, vases, candles, pieces of art, and playing about with them where you feel they look right!  Remember if it feels right and you are happy then you are on the right track!  Enjoy your home and the new season!

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Mixing Up Pattern & Colours

#throwbackthursday 

Mixing different patterns and textures is a great way to create an eclectic feel to your room.

When making decisions on furniture have a think about using a fabric that is rich in colour and try different patterned cushions.

Some of the best design projects I have worked on my client loves the idea of using rich colours that make a real impact.

If you don’t feel confident investing in a sofa for example that is in a rich bold colour – you could try using cushions that you wouldn’t normally go for and go for bold!

If you are questioning the heavy patterned wallpaper you love and think it might be too much?  Try a feature wall or you could create large pictures using the wallpaper of your dreams and frame in different sizes from large, medium to small to make an impact!  Try using interesting and unusual frames for impact!

You can have some real fun and by doing things like this it will help build your confidence to go with what your gut originally told you to go for!

This is a concept design for a clients’ living room and it is a range of subtle and bold and mixing things up!

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