There is nothing harder than trying to decorate a really long and narrow space, especially if it happens to be your bedroom. A long, narrow bedroom can give off a foreboding vibe, with a bedroom experience that is similar to that of sleeping in an underground casket.
However, there are some clever ways in which you can decorate a narrow bedroom space without making it look narrower or cluttered. Here are some of those tips that can come to your help if you are stuck with a narrow, long bedroom space.
Focus on the bed first
The bed is the focal point of any bedroom. So focus on it first. There are two ways in which you can arrange the bed in a narrow bedroom. One option is to place it perpendicular to the length of the room, making sure it touches the walls on both sides. A bedside unit can then double up as a small workstation, giving you room to move around it when you want to get into and out of bed.
Another option is to line the bed parallel to the wall. This works well if the room is exceptionally long. In this case, you can place the workstation against the same wall right after the foot of the bed. The opposite end of the wall will now have enough room to move around and probably accommodate a dresser, storage unit or even a shelf.
Demarcate the zones
A long narrow room can look seemingly endless. One way to avoid this is to separate it into different functional zones. In addition to helping you allocate different areas of the room for different purposes, this helps divide the available space creatively so that the sense the feeling of narrowness is curbed. You can also decorate the zones differently to make them visually more different from each other.
Draw interest to the walls and ceilings
Another way to take off the attention from the narrow bedroom space is to draw the viewer’s interest upwards towards the wall and ceilings. This can be done by coloring the walls and ceilings in visually bright colors, or decorating them with design elements to create an accent wall or ceiling.
Create visual interest with paint
Painting a narrow space in bright colors can make it look brighter, thus taking off the cold, foreboding vibe of the space. White paint in particular, can make any space look brighter instantly. SO consider painting the bedroom walls white. If you don’t prefer the color, consider going monochrome as a single, light color can make the space look brighter, airier and bigger.
Another way to play with paint to make a narrow space look bigger is to paint the smaller end walls a dark shade. This shade should be darker than the shade you use for the longer walls. This will give the appearance of the end walls coming closer together, making the room look squarer inside of narrow.
Focus on vertical lines and stripes
Horizontal lines will make a narrow space look narrower. Vertical lines on the other hand will help draw interest upwards to the ceiling, thus making the room look more expansive. The vertical lines need to be incorporated on all the visual elements of the room, including the paint, drapes and even the furniture.
Raise the height of the bed slightly
You will have to work with limited storage options in a narrow bedroom space. Given the amount of floor space you can work with, you can choose vertical storage options like a shelf rising above the bed. Better yet, you can raise the height of the bed ever so slightly to utilize the space underneath for storage. The added height will also help create the illusion of a wider space.
Furnishing and decorating a long, narrow bedroom space can be hard. However, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can decorate a narrow space efficiently while making the latter look wider in the process as well.