30+ Small yet amazingly cozy master bedroom retreats

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When designing a small master bedroom, it forces us to be more creative, since there are fewer options for furniture placement and accessorizing your space. Small bedrooms can be difficult to design for, especially if you are not wishing for symmetry or the matchy-matchy aesthetic. So we have gathered together a collection of master bedroom retreats that will help you get inspired on your own bedroom design. Have a look below for some great tips and ideas!

Tip: In a small bedroom, you may have no other choice but to place your bed in front of a window. If this is the case, consider creating a nice focal point with your headboard and window treatments. A bed in front of the window can look fantastic, as long as the headboard does not block the entire window — try to keep to centered.

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1. This serene bedroom is in tight quarters, with only 30″ between the bed and the sliding closet door. Next to the bed is a simple mirrored finish side table. This works great for opening up the space and reflecting / adding additional light. The accent wall features Clarke and Clarke Wallpaper in the pattern Augustus and the colorway is Smoke (you can find it at Home Depot). The paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Seashell. (via LUX Design)

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2. A 1950’s era home features this cozy master bedroom that lacked character and space. The designers added some tricks to create beautiful aesthetics and spaciousness. They added crown molding detail to the focal wall behind the bed. Furnishings were kept to a minimum—replacing an existing closet and dressers with built-in cabinetry along one wall. The space caters to both masculine and feminine. Black painted furniture is softened with a pretty chandelier, delicate hardware and deep coral velvet cushions (switched out with the seasons). FYI: The bedroom furnishings are from the Louis Philippe Collection by Stanley Furniture. (via Simply Home Decorating)

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3. A small bedroom with a neutral color palette uses a layering of textures to give it a cozy, warm feeling. Small, simple artwork helps to not overwhelm the space. Drapery fabric adds color, texture and privacy. (via Darren Palmer Interiors)

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4. In Dallas, Texas, homeowner Jennifer Hernandez put her DIY skills to good use in this 13×12 bedroom. The ceiling fan was purchased from Home Depot. Above the queen bed, she framed fabric for an instant pop of color. It is a simple way to add art to your walls and very budget-friendly. The accent pillow with the yellow flowers is by Dwell Studios, available at Target. The duvet cover and euro shams are from West Elm’s organic line. The wall color is Benjamin Moore—Silver Fox 2108-50. (via Pinterest)

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5. This small bedroom was faced with the dilemma of placing the bed in front of a window. If you have this same problem, you can add some textural or patterned window treatments to help disguise the window, while at the same time adding some visual aesthetics. In this space, floor-to-ceiling window panels adds visual affect, while in the center, a roman shade conceals the glazing. Small side tables reveals there is just enough space on either side of the bed. (via Turquoise-la)

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6. Lighting Tip: Setting your light fixture to the right height can be tricky. Consider an overall height of 20 -24″ from the ceiling. Lighting can be distracting if your bedroom ceiling height is too low. You should also be mindful of the scale of the fixture against the size of your room. Consider asking your electrician to hold it up in the spot you would like it reside. This way you can look at the height and size of the fixture to see if it feels right in the space before hardwiring it in. FYI: The wall color is Benjamin Moore Whithall Brown. (Rachel Reider Interiors)

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7. In this Toronto home, the homeowners were seeking a cozy and romantic master bedroom. It is infused with soft feminine touches, yet with just enough masculinity to keep the space feeling grounded. This was achieved by intermingling luxurious fabrics into a light and airy palette with clean-lined furnishings and deep, rich wood tones. As for lighting in this small bedroom, the designer’s rule of thumb for an 8′ ceiling is nothing lower than 18″. However, if the fixture is directly over a bed or a table you can hang it lower. (via Laura Stein Interiors)

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8. This master bedroom in a cabin on the San Juan Islands appears spacious thanks to cathedral ceilings and a cozy window seat overlooking the woods. The bed was designed to fit the space. Interesting Fact: This bedroom is so tiny, to access the bathroom, you have to go outdoors to get to it. (via Hoedemaker Pfeiffer)

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9. This bedroom emulates a luxurious boutique hotel style, although tiny, it does not feel so due to the beautiful decoration. Tricks includes a padded headboard, plush throws and multiple pillows. Small bedside tables just fits the space for added storage. If space does not allow, small shelving can also work. (via Cochrane Design)

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10. This Chicago condo features a master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling book shelves comprised of painted maple, doubling as storage. The built-ins creates a visually pleasing focal point surrounding the headboard. This bed was sourced from Ethan Allen, it’s the Jensen headboard and rails. In front of the bed are the Xanadu benches also from Ethan Allen. (via Normandy Remodeling)

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11. This compact bedroom showcases a feature wall painted in black, adding drama to the space. The wall color is Sherwin Williams Inkwell—SW 6992. The paintings on the wall were sourced from Homegoods. (via Krystina Bushnell)

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12. A boutique Boutique Mews House in London features walls covered in a Vescom wallpaper. Behind the bed is an antiqued. bespoke mirror from Patrick Ireland Mirrors. The mirror helps to make the room feel more spacious and reflects light.(via Zephyr Interiors)

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13. When your space is small, try creating an accent wall like this clean and crisp master bedroom features. This white stone wall feature can be emulated by installing ErthCoverings Ledgestone panels or Stone Selex Quartzite panels. Additional highlights to this space includes custom woodwork—such as the floating nightstands and dramatic accent lighting. (via Paul Lafrance Design)

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14. This simplistic bedroom has some great ideas for limited space. The first is the freestanding clothes rack. It saves floor space and it’s an eye-catching element. Weight is the only worry in this venture: you will need a strong wood dowel, rope that will support your clothes weight and strong hooks for the ceiling. Another interesting feature is the focal wall behind the bed. The uneven height of the brush strokes creates an intriguing aesthetic. (via INT2architecture)

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15. A minimal Scandinavian style bedroom can feel cozy when you have limited space. This room features a limited palette of black, white and gray. Plants adds a nice touch of green to the space. (via Kronfoto)

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16. An industrial style loft space features a clean lined master bedroom with a wood accent wall. The addition of a library wall is clever for those who love books. Sliding glass doors closes the space off for privacy, but also allows for natural light to illuminate the small, windowless space. (via semple brown design)

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17. If you live in a studio apartment, where your master bedroom shares your living room, than this unfolding bed is the perfect solution. This space saving piece is by Italian furniture manufacturer, Clei. The murphy bed fits together with the sofa and shelves. There are varying models you can order to customize to your space needs (this modification was around £6000). The area rug is from Habitat. (via Black and Milk)

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18. This gray and moody bedroom features the Larsen Feeling Wallpaper, adding an accent to the space. The tufted headboard was sourced from Horchow. The bed is covered in a Frayed-Edge Quilt from West Elm and a chunky tassel throw, also from West Elm. The bedside tables are from Z Gallerie and the table lamps are from Room & Board. (via Faiella Design)

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19. This simple master bedroom features a reclaimed wood headboard, budget-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Light gray walls keeps this space feeling bright and airy. (via Corey Klassen Interior Design)

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20. The headboard creates an eye-catching feature in this small Aussie bedroom. It is a DIY project comprised of pressed tin panels from Heritage Ceilings. The panels are approximately 6′ high x 24″ wide. Instructions on how to do this project are on the homeowners blog: House Nerd. (via Twinkle and Whistle)

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21. Behind the bed in this Vancouver loft is a grayscale world map wall decal by artist Patrick Pepin. It is a pre-pasted wallpaper, available in two sizes: 12′ wide x 8.5′ high or 16′ wide x 10.5′ high (printed in 24″ wide sections for easy installation). It was sourced from Canadian company NumérArt. The modern wall and ceiling lamp is the 265 from Flos. On the bed, the Mega Dot Quilt designed by Hay was sourced from Vancouver Special. The Vancouver accent pillow was sourced from Parliament Interiors.(via Gaile Guevara)

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22. A cozy shabby chic style bedroom features some stylish furnishings and decor. Magnolia Farms carries the bedside tables. The bedspread and decorative pillows are in the Legacy Essex Collection from Horchow. The paint color is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray. (via Magnolia Homes)

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23. A wonderful farmhouse style bedroom uses all available space with built-ins on either side of the bed. The cabinets are 36″ wide x 24″ deep x 96″ tall. The recessed headboard / shelf is 1′-0″ deep. The bedding in the Sereno Blue Hand-Blocked Full/Queen Duvet Cover sourced from Crate & Barrel. The wall and trim color is Benjamin Moore Cloud White. The walls are flat finish and the trim and ceiling are semi gloss.(via Marcus & Willers Architects)

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24. This small Scandinavian bedroom features a limited color palette of black, white and gray. The graphic artwork above the wall adds a nice visual touch in place of a standard headboard. (via Emma Melins)

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25. This small bedroom in a beachside apartment in Sydney, Australia features vibrant tropical hues. All of the stylish furnishings and decor in this space were sourced from the flash sale Australian store called The Home. See the full home tour we featured here: Vibrant and breezy beachside apartment in Sydney. (via Emma Blomfield)

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26. This 166 square foot college studio apartment in Chicago has a configuration that limited the furniture layout. This square footage does not include the bathroom and walk-in closet. Furnishings and decor are from West Elm, CB2 and The Container Store (the bookcase). The artwork was the first piece purchased, setting the color scheme for the rest of the room. The walls were painted in two slightly contrasting shades of gray. (via Orange Interiors)

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27. In a Cape Cod Farmhouse is this shabby chic style, cozy master bedroom retreat. The use of mirrors on either side of the bed not only act as art, they also help to reflect light—making the area feel more spacious. (via Cathy Kert Interiors)

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28. This cottage style master bedroom is light and cozy. The knitted throw on the bed is from Laura Ashley, while the duvet cover was sourced from Harrods. The headboard was made using Laura Ashley fabric. The wooden chair was picked up at an auction. The Burford painted bedside table is from The Cotswold Company. Lastly, the bedside lamp is the Arstid wall lamp from Ikea. (via Whitstable Island Interiors)

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29. Try painting an accent wall in a small bedroom to give it a little something extra. Window treatments can also add some drama and visual texture. Notice the interesting lighting hung a two different lengths, it adds a fun, asymmetrical twist. (via Tracce Design)

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30. To decorate this long, narrow master bedroom, the designer used accessories in shapes that go against the linear grain. Circular elements will help to make the space appear wider. Do not use stripes, as it will only enhance the narrowness of the space. (via Henry Woide Photography)

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31. A small master bedroom was transformed into a restful retreat. The space is filled with a layering of linens and plenty of comfy pillows. Most of the accessories decorating this space are antique store finds. The wall color is Ralph Lauren’s Canvas Natural. (via Jennifer Grey Interiors)

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32. Most of the furnishings and decor in this small bedroom were sourced from Williams Sonoma Home. The wall paint color is Benjamin Moore—Sparrow-AF 720, the finish is flat. The trim is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45. (via Brian Dittmar Design)

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33. This master bedroom in a tight attic space took advantage of built-ins for functional storage. If you have a slanted ceiling like above, you can have the legs of the headboard cut down to make it fit. Another option is to go to an upholsterer, select a fabric and have them custom design one to fit your space. See the full home tour featured here: Transformation of Victorian maisonette creates ultimate London sanctuary. (via Wilding & Wolfe)

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sabrina Riccius
3 years ago

Thanks for actually showing small master bedrooms. Before yours, all of the “small bedrooms” were 2x’s, 3x’s bigger than mine. I’ll be telling my friends & most of the mother’s on my cul de sac to check out this sight, so helpful! I’ve saved it & know I’ll be using this for ideas, for years to come. You did a great job & went beyond paint & furniture!!!
Thanks, I would love to see more ideas & examples. Could you please do Small bathrooms 😉?