By Elly Leavitt, Michelle Gage, and Mackenzie Dunn

Published on August 19, 2018

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Small bedrooms often have to put function first. A comfy sleeping spot, some smart storage… the room has a job to do. But sometimes, a small bedroom laughs in the face of its own square footage, and allows style and design to take center stage. These bedrooms show off stylish ideas for your space, no matter how small. See for yourself.

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Our social media editor’s cozy bedroom alcove in her 650-square-foot Williamsburg apartment boasts bold color that doesn’t back down. The corner walls in contrasting shades of blue are balanced out by a softer, more neutral bedspread—ultimately proving that small doesn’t have to mean boring.

“My bedroom gets the least light in the apartment, and the bold walls help create a cozy corner that is more calming than you might think,” says our editor about her space.

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The master bedroom area of this tiny, renovated trailer still packs major style. A deeply patterned rug on the floor lets the eye rest on something central without focusing on the space’s lack of square footage, while a large mirror hangs opposite one of the windows, mimicking even more open, natural light.

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When your bedroom doesn’t have doors, making it clearly visible from most of your 265-square-foot apartment, it can’t feel like an afterthought. This tiny bedroom is anything but: With bespoke artwork, plenty of greenery, and personal touches throughout, it blends seamlessly with the rest of the apartment, and serves just as much as a sitting area as it does a bedroom. Just add floor pillows.

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Listen, if a family of five can manage life in a 180-square-foot RV, there’s hope for any small space dweller. One trick to steal? Built-in cabinetry above the bed, for optimum storage in minimal space. Not only does it keep clutter at bay, but the extra surface area can be used in many ways—say, for example, for displaying your very chic hat collection, just by using a couple of wall hooks.

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At first glance, this may look like a pretty spacious bedroom… but it’s actually not a bedroom at all. It’s part of a joint living room-kitchen in a charming California cottage, and moonlights as a custom bench sofa during the day. When you’re truly tight on space, multifunctional pieces like this fold-out bed are a lifesaver.

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Bright spaces somehow seem bigger and more airy, so let the natural light shine through by allowing an unobstructed view of the window. Spruce up your windowsill with some decorative pieces in order to add interest to the space.

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Vibrant colors give the room a playful feel. If the hand-painted art adorning the wall isn’t quite your taste, swap the drawings out for more sophisticated prints to make a mini gallery wall

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Add some foldable chairs at the foot of the bed to use as both extra seating and makeshift side tables. You can easily tuck them away folded flat, in order to free up space when not in use.

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When you’re low on space, search for pieces that provide extra storage. Under bed drawers, like the ones shown here, will neatly store anything to minimize clutter, and the light-filled room creates the illusion of added space.

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When a bed fits as perfectly into a little nook as this one does, it’s best to keep things simple. The complete lack of clutter and decor in this room lends it a minimalist feel that’s quite chic.

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Create the illusion of more space by sectioning off your bed from the rest of the room. Choose a light, breezy fabric instead of bulky curtains to keep the space feeling open.

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This multifunctional space is made for both sleeping and studying. Bring on the greenery to add life to a cramped bedroom and make it feel cozy, rather than confined.

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Paired together, black and white make for a striking combination. Monochrome keeps things simple, making an area feel instantly put-together and tidy—the latter of which is crucial for a smaller space.

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Bright light pours into this small bedroom, giving it an open, airy feeling. We love how the homeowner made use of an unusually shaped ceiling by incorporating a statement light fixture for a bold touch.

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Layer your pillows, bedding, and rugs for a completely cozy look. Not only does it feel more comfortable, but the layers help add depth to a smaller bedroom.

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Blue and white is a timeless combination, and adding it in via a statement wallpaper leads to a room that defies its size with big style.

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Bohemian blue prints look brilliant in the bedroom. Try mixing patterns in your bedding for the easiest way to spruce up your room, while taking up minimal square footage.

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A classic bed frame brings a bit of nostalgia home. We love the thin bed frame because it appears to take up even less space, making the room feel bigger than it actually is.

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Printed sheets are key to creating a well-balanced bedding set. Mixed patterns and colors add polish to this small space.

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Statement lighting isn’t just for your main floor—it adds a huge amount of interest to your sleeping quarters, too.

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This bedroom is print-mixing perfection. Go all out with pattern and color to detract attention from a smaller space. Not to mention, it’s a great way to infuse a room with your personality.

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Though mainly white, this bedroom is anything but boring. Textures mixed with a Scandi-minimalist vibe make for an inviting space we’d never leave.

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No headboard? No problem. This bedroom is still bursting with style. A leaning ladder and pendant light bookend this bed beautifully.

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This room is effortlessly chic, and makes good use of minimal space by working with texture and focusing on (stylish) essentials. Light fixtures and vibrant florals take center stage.

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Hang a Moroccan rug above your bed for an instant, easy headboard if you don’t have the space or budget for a real one.

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Botanical prints make the perfect artwork for a small guest bedroom. Plus, if there was ever proof that having a twin bed as an adult could be chic, this would be it.

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The windows are so charming, we wouldn’t even mind the tightness of this room. “Quaint” sounds so much better than “small,” anyway.

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Your bed is one of the most obvious places to make a statement in a small room, so do it with a wonderfully intricate duvet. The other obvious place is the space over your bed, where there is plenty of room for a great piece of art or headboard.

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Stark white walls play off the gray bedding for a sleek, minimalist look in this particularly tiny bedroom.

This story was originally published on April 6, 2016. It has been updated with new information.

See more small space ideas:

The Best Shelves for Small Spaces
15 Design Pieces Every Small Space Needs
10 Finds from IKEA That Were Made For Tiny Bedrooms

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