Posts Tagged ‘bedroom decor’

In the UK it is fair to say that unlike a lot of other countries, some of the things we are not blessed with are space and reliable weather.

Unfortunately nothing can be done about the weather (other than embrace it!), however the good news is that there is plenty you can do to maximize space in your home.

I work for WOW interior Design, a bespoke furniture specialist based in Kent and we are posed with a whole host of different design and storage questions almost every day of the week.

In this article I am going to highlight some of the things you can do to give you more space when planning your bedroom decor, but of course the underlying principles can be employed to other rooms in the property.

Here are my top 3 tips…

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1) Prioritize

Clutter is one of the biggest consumers of space in any bedroom. For those hoarders among you, tough decisions may need to be made in terms of prioritizing what you want to be in your room and what you don’t. I personally live by the rule “If I don’t use it, I don’t want to see it”.

Spending some time organizing the items that are on display that don’t really need to be is often an essential thing to do before starting any design or renovation project in the home – it can help to show you just how much space you really have.

2) Innovate

There is now a whole host of different things you can add to your room to help give you more space. For example, when putting together the specification for a wardrobe in one of the many fitted bedrooms we design, we can now offer trouser rails, tie wracks, sliding drawers and pull out shoe tidies.

These space saving devices do a great job of making it easy for you to tidy away your belongings. Long term this is the best approach, as if it’s easy to use then you are more likely to use it going forward.

The best thing is that there is now an abundance of accessories out there that you can use in your wardrobes or drawers, so take a look around and look at some of the innovations out there. In most cases you do have the space, it’s just poorly managed. Creativity is the key here, and there are many DIY possibilities as well!

3) Don’t Give Up!

To finish, I think my number one tip is to stay on in there and persevere. Even though it might get a bit frustrating, there are often some ingenious ways to make the most out of the space available in your home.

For example, our company recently added some much needed drawers by installing them along the entire width of the wall under the stairs. Not one area was wasted despite the unhelpful angles. This allowed the homeowner to move items in from other rooms and store them, helping to open up more space elsewhere.

Often the biggest limitations is your imagination! If you are struggling though open up your mind to some new possibilities!

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About the author: Tom Key works on a behalf of WOW Interior Design, who have over 20 years experience working in the interior design industry. For more information or a free design quote on fitted bedrooms, kitchens or libraries, please contact


November 7, 2013 9:17 am

Make a Small Bedroom Appear Spacious

Small Bedroom

In a dream world, we’d all have lavishly large bedrooms, but in reality that isn’t the case. Whether you rent or own your own home, your bedroom may be smaller than you’d like. Although we can’t magically give you a bigger room, we’ve gathered a selection of great tips that you can use to make your bedroom seem more spacious.

Light & Dark, Cool & Warm

One of the most useful rules to keep in mind when decorating and furnishing a small bedroom is that light, cool colors will make the space look bigger and dark, while warm colors will make it seem smaller. You can use this knowledge to trick the eye and create the illusion of space. A good way of bringing this trick into play is to paint an accent wall in a pastel shade of blue or green on the wall facing the bedroom door, and painting the remaining walls in white or cream. This will make the darker wall seem to recede away from you.

Another idea which works well is to select three tones of the same color. Use the darkest to paint skirting-boards and trim, the medium shade for the walls, and the lightest shade for the ceiling, which will make the ceiling seem higher.

Choosing Furniture

Getting rid of clutter always makes the dimensions of a room seem greater, so take a good look at your bedroom and decide whether there are any non-essential items of furniture that you can do away with. Aim to literally create space by not having so many items in the bedroom. If you plan to invest in new furniture for your bedroom, select functional pieces which have built-in storage, and that will help you keep clutter to a minimum. You might also want to think about removing rugs from the floor, as these break up the space into smaller sections, making it look less expansive.

Bedding & Other Accessories

Although clutter will make a room feel smaller, carefully selected accessories aid you in getting a more spacious look for your bedroom. Mirrors, with their light reflective properties, are the number one tool for designers who want to make a room look bigger. Place a mirror opposite your window to pick up light and bring it into the room – but don’t stop there. You can also use curtains and bedding which has a slightly reflective sheen : think soft metallic gauzy drapes for the windows, and Egyptian cotton sheets for the bed.

Author Bio: Gabriel Luis is the founder of Just Bedding and believes the path to the perfect bedroom is in the details.