A master bedroom doesn't have to be the size of an amphitheater to embody excellent design. These 50 small space bedrooms prove that it's not accumulated square footage that counts toward supreme style. It's great textures, wise furniture selection, and not an insignificant amount of ingenuity. Here are 50 inspiring small bedroom ideas to try.
In a pre-war New York City apartment, a rich sapphire wall accentuates the expansiveness of a relatively small master. Osborne and Little’s butterfly pattern upholstery—seen on the lampshades and chair—inspired the bedroom’s overall color scheme. The custom headboard in a Schumacher fabric is flanked by hand-painted vintage Korean chests; the settee at the end of the bed is vintage and custom upholstered.
“I’m a huge fan of platform beds with dressers underneath,” Bobby Berk says. “There’s so much real estate under your bed that can be maximized with proper storage.” To optimize that space, Berk recommends using vacuum-sealed bags for clothes you don’t wear, storing them in stackable, organized boxes.
“When you’re working with a small space, a neutral palette is ideal,” Bobby Berk advises. Go for subdued, natural colors, and stick with them throughout the space. In a bedroom, for instance, opting for white cotton sheets, a white linen duvet, and a neutral quilted throw can achieve a layered look without relying on bold pops of color, which can feel cluttered
In this Brooklyn Heights apartment, a West Elm dresser is repurposed as a roomy nightstand to house bouquets, books, and beauty products.
In this rental treehouse in Florence, a chalkboard doubles as a headboard and an overturned milk crate works as a bedside table.
In a guest room in a sunny bungalow on the Adriatic coast, a purple accent wall takes center stage along with a headboard designed from a woven screen from Burundi. Adding to the interesting textiles in the space are a bedcover of a West African kente cloth and an Indonesian floor mat.
In some cases, an oversized light fixture like this grass beaded pendant in a room by ., can actually create the illusion of more space.
A wall-mounted bedside table in the bedroom of designer Raquel Garcia makes sure every square inch is used, allowing a little extra room for a showpiece custom headbaord.
In the master bedroom of this West Village apartment , the bed and side tables are custom designs, the walls are sheathed in a custom grass cloth by , and the sconces are by .
In a Canadian lakehouse, the guest bedroom’s custom bed is by Sabrina Albanese Interiors, the bedside table is by Made Goods, the art is by David Edwards from Saatchi Art, and the light fixture is by Found Vintage.
An incredibly tall canopy in gray linen with trim highlights the vertical space in the master bedroom of this renovated 400-square-foot East Village apartment. The coverlet is in a , and the carpet is by .
The beam-ceilinged master bedroom of Amanda Seyfried’s rustic Catskills retreat includes a bed, a bench from , and a rug from . The pendant light is by , and the beadboard walls are painted in .
For a graphic punch that's still playful, one petite bedroom of this kid-friendly Manhattan duplex features a bed by and a womb chair by . The futuristic pendant light is by , the map decal is by and the felt rug is by .
Light-catching white makes the small guest bedroom of this San Miguel de Allende, Mexico retreat feel open and airy. The four-poster bed is custom, and interior designer/owner Rela Gleason painted her mother’s vintage vanity table white; the basket is from Oaxaca and the throw is an antique suzani.
Spanish supermodel Eugenia Silva's breezy Portuguese beach house features clean white walls with bold accents of color. The beds in one guest room are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the multicolored tile floor is original to the house.
For a Silicon Valley family's woodland retreat - sans the rustic implications of a cabin in the woods - architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush conjured a completely new take on the country house that brings urban cool to Sierra, Nevada. The minimally-decorated bedrooms feature built-in wooden closets and a desk to keep from eating into the floorspace with hefty furnishings.
In the bedroom of textile-designer Kathryn M. Ireland's Santa Monica home, a Barley Twist bed is topped with Indian bedding from her collection. The pillows and curtains are in her fabrics, the chair is by , the lamp is from , and the rug is by .
Retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky's West Village townhouse maximizes the impression of space by keeping the use of color low to the floor in the master bedroom. A bed by Christopher Ostafin and a 1990s bench by Campion Platt fill out the space along with a circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso from Hostler Burrows.
In the master bedroom of this colorful Upper West Side apartment, a Hästens bed is dressed in linens by and , the circa-1970 side tables are by , and the lamp is by Taylor; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose, and the photographs are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
In the master bedroom of this San Francisco art dealer's warehouse-turned-apartment, the broad headboard is covered in a fabric, the bed linens are by , the bedspread is antique Belgian linen, the walls are painted in ’s , and the artwork is by .
In a contemporary farmhouse in Los Angeles, the petite Italian seashell bed came from the owners’ former house in Europe, the mirrored side table is from , and the chandelier was found on .
An intimate guest room in the poolhouse of a 19th-century farmhouse contains a bed dressed in , a Swedish painted chest and a rug by ; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
Tucked into a tidy alcove in Steven Gambrel's Art Deco apartment, this custom bed is upholstered in a fabric, while the houndstooth pillows are in a fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
In John Robshaw's country home, the cozy guest room’s headboard, bedding, and curtain fabrics are all by Robshaw, and the walls are painted in Dark Lime by Benjamin Moore.
In Ninni Ryott's diminutive rural cabin, a tiny sleeping loft is fitted with a bedside stool from , and the white linseed-oil paint on the walls is by Kulturhantverkarna Färg.
In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and is dressed with pillows in Robert Normand and Lelièvre fabrics. The light fixture is a 1940 plaster bird sculpture, and the curtains are of a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
Inside a historic house in upstate New York, the grey-and-white guest room downstairs makes a case for the less-is-more approach. The bed is dressed in linens by , the side chair was found in India and the stool is from . The lithograph is by .
In Northern France, the daybed in this guest room is Louis XVI, and is the perfect, small-space alternative to a large bed frame. The side table in the same style is from the 19th century.