39 Small Master Bedroom Ideas

Small Master Bedroom Ideas

Not everyone can be lucky enough to have a large master bedroom in their home. When you have huge ideas but are limited on space, it can be a challenge to design and decorate a small master bedroom. However, there is no reason that even the tiniest master bedroom cannot be every bit as stunning, comforting, functional, and full of personality as a much bigger space.

The trick to creating a lovely master bedroom where the square footage is lacking is to make smart and deliberate use of all the available space. Knowing how to decorate a small master bedroom to its full potential can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. With a bit of creativity and our list of 39 small master bedroom ideas, you’ll be able to create a space that you’re truly proud of.

From smart storage furniture and built-in bookshelves to dramatic curtains and extended headboards, the rooms outlined below show that small spaces can be huge in style.

39 Small Master Bedroom Ideas

1. Extended Headboard

By choosing a headboard that extends from wall to wall, you can completely transform your small master bedroom and make it look intentional. Something as simple as the right headboard can make a world of a difference in your room. There are also numerous extended headboard options available, from polished wood, to linen, to the upholstered off-white headboard pictured above.

2. All-White Everything

Choosing a color palette that is nearly all-white is a foolproof way to make your small master bedroom appear much wider than it actually is. This technique works especially well if the space receives a lot of natural light throughout the day. To boost this light and airy effect, layer tonal soft furnishings throughout the space.

3. Large Area Rug

As with any other room in your home, choosing a large area rug will certainly make your small master bedroom appear wider. Pick a rug that covers almost all of the floor space, leaving approximately six inches of flooring on each wall. If you’re on a budget, you can try layering a large natural fiber (sisal) rug with a smaller vintage rug over top. Sisal rugs are notoriously inexpensive so you’ll be able to purchase a much bigger size for a lower price than you would the vintage rug.

4. Choose a Light-Colored Rug

To achieve an even more spacious feel in your master bedroom, you can swap out your patterned rug for one in a light color. The rug pictured above is a soft oatmeal color, with a delicate interconnecting diamond and tassel pattern. It works similar to a bounce light used by photographers, moving light around the space. Natural light from the windows enters the room and reflects off of the light-colored rug and shiny pieces of furniture, making the room feel more light and airy.

5. Let Outdoors In

If your master bedroom has access to an outdoor space or floor-to-ceiling windows, maintain the connection to the exterior using panels and window treatments that frame the view rather than take away from it. Opt for window materials that are made out of light fabrics with delicate textures and details and make sure that you have the ability to pull drapery panels all the way back.

Also, make sure that the drapery just barely touches the floor, as when window treatments puddle on the floor it creates a division between the indoor space and the outdoor space. Connecting the outdoor space with the indoor space gives the illusion that the interior is much larger.

6. Accentuate Height

If you’re fortunate enough to have high ceilings in your master bedroom, you’ll want to take advantage of them by opting for a tall bed frame. The height of the bed will anchor the room, drawing the eye to the height and volume of the ceilings. For best results, choose a delicate bed with quite a bit of visual interest. More specifically, a bed without a footboard visually marks the end of the bed while still helping to open up the space.

7. Opt for Cool Colors

You may already know this by now, but cool hues make walls recede and offer the effect of enlarging the space. Warm colors, on the other hand, always yield a much cozier space. Believe it or not, white paint even comes in both warm and cool hues. Using a cool white on the walls of your small master bedroom will make it look sleek, crisp, and spacious. Pair white walls with cool blue tones for a light and airy beachy aesthetic.

8. Go Bold

While pale furniture and light-colored walls will naturally make a room feel larger, it doesn’t mean that you can’t implement big, bold pieces into your small master space. In fact, many argue that infusing drama with both color and oversized furniture can give the illusion of spaciousness. The idea is that the bold colors and textures distract the eye from how small the room is.

9. Smart Storage Furniture

Nothing makes a space seem smaller than clutter. With that said, it’s very important that you keep the surfaces in your small master bedroom clear to allow room to breathe and a place for your eye to travel. Smart furniture with hidden storage is a wonderful way to keep your space neat and tidy. However, opt for a bed with built-in storage drawers underneath rather than a large leather storage bench so you’re not visually overwhelming the space.

10. Ditch Table Lamps

Ditch table lamps completely in favor of sconces. Lamps installed on the wall will free up space on your bedside table, which is crucial when you’re dealing with a small bedroom. Put simply, if you don’t have the room for big nightstands, you certainly shouldn’t be cluttering them with lamps.

11. White Bedding

Something as simple as opting for all-white linen bedding can keep the textures in your small master bedroom very basic. To layer the space, you can add in some natural textures like warm wood, rattan, or jute.

12. Headboard in the Wall

A headboard set into a wall, or headboard “nook” makes excellent use of a small space. Depending on your particular bedroom, this may also be a great way to take advantage of the existing architecture.

As you choose your headboard, you may want to consider: Wood vs. Upholstered Bed: Which One Is Better For Your Bedroom?

13. Accent Wall

Even if you have a small master bedroom, you can still have a stunning accent wall. Bold wallpaper can serve a purpose even in the tiniest of spaces. However, be sure to stick with just one wall and, ideally, the wall that is at the head of your bed. When you create a bold accent wall in a small space, you also want to keep the rest of the room relatively subdued in terms of pattern and color.

14. Greenery

Regardless of the color palette, you’ve chosen, adding in a bit of greenery will do wonders for your small master bedroom by bringing the outdoors in and adding visual interest to the space. Where you want to position your plants will determine the best type to buy, as some thrive in direct sunlight while others prefer shade.

15. Built-In Bookcases

Small bedrooms are generally lacking in terms of storage space. If possible, adding built-in bookcases with both closed and open shelving is an excellent way to maximize the space on your walls.

16. Low Profile Bed

Opting for a low-profile bed is a great way to make your small master bedroom appear much larger than it actually is. Since the bed sits low on the floor, it increases the distance between the ceiling and the bed, which gives the illusion of more space. This technique will work well in virtually any master bedroom, but especially in a loft space where the ceilings are much lower than average.

17. Small Accent Chair

Even if you are limited on space for accent furniture, a luggage rack or simple chair can add tons of function to your master bedroom. It provides a surface to rest your bag when you get home in the evening or a spot for storing books or magazines.

18. Four-Poster Bed

Contrary to popular belief, a canopy or four-poster bed can work incredibly well in even the smallest of bedrooms. The reason a bed like this works is that it takes the attention away from the length and width of the space by drawing the eye upwards.

19. Hang a Chandelier

If you prefer a more traditional bed and headboard, another way to emphasize high ceilings is to use lighting. Installing a chandelier will accentuate the height of the space and make it feel larger. Like a four-poster bed, chandeliers draw your eye up and allow your gaze to travel around the room. To make the biggest impact, opt for a fixture with simple, sleek lines.

20. Above Bed Storage

A smart way to take advantage of the space in a small master bedroom is to use the area above the bed as storage. You can hang floating shelves, create recessed shelves, or install a large shelving unit above the bed.

21. Wire Furniture

Consider adding in a couple of black wire furniture pieces. Wire legs take up far less space and are delicate enough that they won’t visually clutter your small master bedroom. However, they can create a stark contrast, adding visual interest to the space.

22. Mirrors

Using large-scale mirrors is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make a small space appear larger. Hanging one or more mirrors on a wall will reflect your bedroom and its light, instantly making it seem bigger.

23. Vertical Stripes

Wearing a vertically striped shirt can make you appear taller and you can apply this same principle to your small master bedroom. Implementing a vertical design on your walls can draw the eye upward and make the space seem taller. It also takes some of the focus off of your furnishings and the size of the room and places it on the walls.

This effect can be achieved whether you decide to paint stripes on your walls, install wallpaper with vertical stripes, or add vertical shiplap. Additionally, you can cover all of the walls in vertical stripes or choose one wall to serve as an accent wall.

24. Bold Horizontal Stripes

Just because your master bedroom is small doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your décor. Opting for bold striped walls in an otherwise traditional bedroom adds some charm to the space. This technique works best with an extremely neutral color palette and lack of clutter on the room’s surfaces. As with vertical stripes, horizontal stripes can make the room appear larger, while also adding flair to your small master bedroom.

25. The Corner Bed

Add a dramatic touch to your small master bedroom by positioning your bed in a corner, at a slight angle. While this room has a traditional bed frame, you can use a folding screen behind the bed to act as a focal point and also provide hidden corner space. Folding barriers are a nice trick that many folks who live in studio apartments use to maximize their space.

26. Pops of Color

Oftentimes, a small space can be overwhelmed by bright and saturated color. However, just a couple of pops of eye-catching color can help to add some visual interest and warm up a neutral space. The bedroom pictured above features pops of red in the office chair and pillows, tying this cool space together. It’s also another excellent way to distract from the small size of the room.

27. Eclectic Mix of Styles

Combining a bunch of styles doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. This small master bedroom offers a mixture of retro, rust, and even Asian décor for a space that is full of style and personality. Pendant lights on either side of the bed were an excellent choice to save space, without sacrificing anything in terms of style.

28. Texture and Space

This master bedroom implements a muted color scheme and tons of texture, without taking up too much space. The use of weathered wood, an intriguing chandelier, and faux animal heads combined with a relatively subdued color palette creates a rustic style that looks fantastic, without being too overwhelming for the room.

29. Floating Nightstands

If you consider yourself to be particularly handy, consider mounting your nightstand and lighting fixtures either onto the wall or the headboard. This will save both floor and surface space. The floating technique, which keeps the floor, also makes the room appear larger.

30. Soft Textures

A low-profile bed with monochrome soft textures will help to blur the lines between the floor and the bed, resulting in an infinity effect. This means that your small master bedroom will appear much more expansive as a result.

31. Dual Purpose Furniture

You can maximize the space in your small master bedroom by making smart choices about your furniture. For example, use a small dresser in place of a traditional nightstand for storing clothing and knickknacks, or take advantage of a recessed nook by placing a china cabinet for holding sweaters, towels, linens, and other bulky items.

This bedroom also forgoes traditional bedside lamps and opts for chandeliers to free up the space on the surfaces of the nightstands.

32. Seamless Walls and Furniture

While it typically holds true that oversized furniture isn’t ideal for small bedrooms, there are some exceptions. For instance, the large king-size bed in this tiny master bedroom is almost as big as the room, but it doesn’t make the room feel or look cramped. The trick here is that the designer watched clean, sleek lines of a white bed with white walls. When layered, contrast is eliminated in the space and the room appears bigger.

33. Dark, Moody Design

Believe it or not, a small bedroom that is painted in a dark, moody hue can actually make the walls recede visually. The dark colors trick the eye into thinking that the walls are much further away, increasing the perceived dimensions of the space. Deep purple walls, as pictured above, are a great way to make a space feel restful, yet sophisticated and seductive.

34. Higher Wall Accessories

Hanging wall accessories higher is a quick fix to make a small master bedroom look bigger. Place paintings, shelves, and other wall hangings just a few centimeters higher than you normally would. This will create the illusion that the walls are just slightly taller than they actually are.

35. Combine Patterns and Light Colors

It’s widely understood that light colors reflect light and patterns attract the eye. Consider painting your small bedroom walls in a light, bright hue to make the ceiling appear taller and add in some patterns, with the paintings or in the furnishings, to add flair and make the space feel bigger.

36. Frame Your Windows

Consider styling your small master bedroom in a way that frames your windows. When you’re trying to make a small space appear larger, patterned curtains tend to be a bad idea. They can actually draw attention to how small the window is, which makes the room seem small in comparison.

Patterned curtains also cause a break at the wall, which makes the walls look smaller. The goal is to not draw attention to the window, but just to accentuate it. To do this, opt for curtains that are similar in color to your walls, or skip curtains altogether and use blinds or shutters to block unwanted light.

37. Add Depth with a Dramatic Wall Mural

Murals are an excellent way to add depth and make it appear like there is more going on in a room than there actually is. In this instance, one of the best types of murals to use are 3D murals. 3D murals add beauty, visual interest, expand a space, and open up the possibilities to what you can create in your bedroom.

38. Glass/ Mirrored Furniture

While this may be tricky if your children frequently come into your room, it is effective. Room furnishings often look chunky and cluttered, especially in a small space. Glass, or mirrored, furniture, on the other hand, is not only modern but the transparency will also ensure that it takes up less space. Light will reflect off of the furniture and move effortlessly about the space, making it appear bigger than it actually is.

39. Install a Murphy Bed

Arguably, the greatest way to maximize space in a small master bedroom is to install a Murphy bed. An age-old solution for small spaces, Murphy beds can free up floor space in an instant by easily and conveniently pushing it up into the wall. As an added benefit, traditional Murphy beds often feature cabinets on either side of the bed for additional storage space.

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Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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