Ready to embrace your small bedroom? Read on for tips on how to maximize your small bedroom with design, décor, and layout inspiration, complete with expert insights from Max.
“12 Small Bedroom Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space”
1. Keep the Layout Simple
There isn’t a magic trick to the layout of the small bedroom. “There’s usually an obvious main wall to put the bed, and I don’t like to get too clever as far as placement—like floating the bed frame in the middle of the room or at an angle in the corner,” says Max. The designer also suggests placing the bed in the center of the main wall, rather than pushing one side up against the adjacent wall. “Having room to walk on either side is key not only for room flow but also to give you space to make your bed, if you’re into that sorta thing,” he says
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Dark…
You’re not limited to whites or neutral color palettes when it comes to the walls of a small bedroom. “I don’t buy into that whole ‘Never paint a small room a dark color’ design dogma,” says Max. “I say embrace the size and moodiness of a small room and even play into it. Painting a room, a charcoal gray or navy blue or olive green can be chic and sexy.”
3. But Bring in Plenty of Light
Whether you go for a moody hue or stick to a crisp pale shade, adding plenty of light sources is key to keeping the room from feeling dark and claustrophobic. “Decorative overhead lighting like a pendant or chandelier (instead of ceiling cans), bedside table lamps, a floor lamp, and even reading sconces will add to the ambience,” he says. “Like Andy Warhol said, ‘I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.”
4. Choose Accents That Add Color
“I know people think it’s calming and minimalism is all the rage now, but I don’t think I could sleep in an all-white room,” says Max. “I generally like cooler colors in a bedroom—blues and grays as opposed to warm tones. Black-and-white always worksm and can be a good foundation—like in a patterned area rug—to layer in some color. I think everyone would be a little happier if they had some pops of color in their bedrooms.”
5. Ditch the Shrunken Nightstands
A smaller space doesn’t mean smaller furniture. “One of my pet peeves is miniature bedside tables. Especially next to a larger bed frame and mattress—tiny nightstands can look so dorky,” says Max, who advises his clients to buy normal-size furnishings for small spaces. “It can actually make a small room look bigger and will be more useful and functional,” he adds.
6. Create the Illusion of Space
Another one of our favorite small bedroom ideas is to create the illusion of space. “Hanging drapery as close to the ceiling as possible is a design trick that actually works,” Max says. “It’ll bring the eye up. While we’re at it, a good trick for picking curtains is to match the fabric to the wall color. It’s modern and can be nice in a smaller space, because your eye won’t be distracted by contrasting colors.”
7. Cut Out Clutter
All the square footage in the world won’t make a difference if it’s crowded with stuff. “Another trick that won’t cost you any money is to keep your room clean,” he says. “You can still accessorize like you would a larger room, but keeping out the unnecessary clutter is a no-brainer.”
8. It’s Possible to Go Big
Max advocates mixing it up when it comes to scale. “I also like to use the largest area rug that will fit,” he says. “A canopy bed can be a cool juxtaposition in a small room. It’s unexpected, and playing with scale (big bed, small room) can be a fun way to stick it to the design purists.”
9. Bring the Outdoors In
Don’t forget to add some life to your space. “There’s no reason houseplants should be kept out of the bedroom—I’ve even used potted indoor trees in small rooms,” he says. “Having something vertical like a fig tree can bring the eye up. Plants can make a stuffy room feel fresh, too.”
10. Give Your Bed a Second Job
Between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m., your mattress is for sleeping. The rest of the time, arrange the pillows against the wall so it becomes a makeshift daybed for lounging and working on your laptop. If you happen to have some room, a small-scale coffee table makes this setup even more convincing.
11. Choose Mounted Lights Instead of Table Lamps and Floor Lamps
Just say no to table lamps and floor lamps. We know, this is turning into a Marie Kondo expedition, but those light fixtures are only going to take up the tiny bit of floor space you do have. Instead, choose a space-saving sconce to hang on the wall above your bed, ideally one with a swinging arm that can be adjusted to direct light downward (for reading) or into the rest of the room (for dance parties, et cetera). If you’re partial to pendant lights, one of those would work too.
12. Go for Decor That Does Double Duty
Max also picks pieces that can do double duty, and makes room for essential pieces. “In my own (small) bedroom I don’t have room for a dresser, so I have large nightstands with drawers that hold my clothes,” he says. “And even if it’s a tight fit, I always want at least a small chair in the corner (dining-size can work in a pinch) or a bench at the end of the bed as a catchall for clothes, pillows, or whatever garments get flung around before bed.”
Dining Room Lighting Ideas To Set The Mood
Dining room lighting helps you add a sculptural element to your dining area
To make sure you and your guests always get an Instagram-worthy picture, you have to ensure the dining room lighting is just right. And that is exactly why we are here with the best dining room lighting ideas. Mirror round dining tables with round dining room light fittings and for long tables, go for linear dining room light fittings that provide uniform light across the table. Get a glimpse of the latest dining room lighting trends from this list and give your dining area an instant uplift. Make sure you maintain the standard distance of 36 inches between the dining table’s surface and the fixture.
Mason Jar Dining Room Lighting
Pendulum lights for dining rooms are often a popular choice in dining room light fittings as it’s the one place you can liberally suspend a light fixture. Pick this cluster of mason jar-shaped lights from the pendulum lights for dining room collection to give your dining area a modern look.
Black And White
This set of oversized, industrial-inspired dining room pendant lights in black and white will complete the black and white theme of your dining area. Since it’s always going to be above the dining table, it’ll never come in the way of movement.
Simple Glass Dining Room Lighting
Those who like to keep it simple, but not boring, will appreciate this set of glass pendulum lights for the dining room. The loop-in-loop chain suspension look makes for rustic dining room lighting.
In some more simple hanging lights for the dining room, there is a set of inverted cone-shaped pendulum lights for your dining room. White lights pair well with the while partition with lattice work on one side that complement each other.
Red Black And White
Give your dining room a pop of colour without going overboard with this three-piece set of hanging lights for your dining room in solid red, black and white. This set matches perfectly with rectangle dining tables.
Lights With A Weave Pattern
When you have ornate dining room furniture, it’s best to go for a modest dining room light fitting. From the drum lights for dining room collection, this one with a simple weave pattern will be a good choice. Cylindrical in space and with a shade made from fabric it is subtle and classy.
Drum In Drum Lights For Dining Room
On the other hand, simple furniture gives you the opportunity to be creative with the dining room light fittings. Go for this drum-in-drum fixture if you’re looking for drum lights for the dining room.
The latest in drum lights for the dining room is this oversized drum light fixture which helps you make a statement in a simple dining room.
Contrast a white dining table set with a black light fixture. The laser-cut pattern adds character to the otherwise solid colour dining room light fitting.
In sophisticated drum lights for the dining room, this white drum light with crystal beads will add a touch of understated elegance to your dining room.
For living dining room lighting, install a statement piece to help your dining area stand out when you have a combined living and dining room.
Chandelier Lighting For Dining Room
Chandeliers never get old! Chandelier lighting for the dining room is the easiest way to up the glam of your dining area. Luxury at its best!
Dining room crystal chandelier lighting adds effortless sophistication, especially when suspended over a simple round dining table.
When you’re looking for both chandelier lighting for your dining room and rustic style lighting this is the piece you want.
Crystals And More Crystals
There’s nothing like dining room crystal chandelier lighting to give the room a royal feel. This all-crystal piece is as luxe as it gets. Want the feels of a royal palace at home? This is your chandelier.
Candles For A Touch Of History
For some more rustic dining room lighting ideas, check out this chandelier lighting that adds a touch of history with its candle-like bulbs. Soft glow of its bulbs brings warmth to spaces and are ideal for homes with young couples.
For those who like the latest in everything, be it gadgets or restaurants, this contemporary dining room light fixture will help you be ahead of the times. You know it’s contemporary dining room lighting when it has an eccentric shape. The irregular sphere of this dining room light fitting surrounding open bulbs will lend a truly modern look to your dining area.
This piece stands out in modern dining room light fixtures for combining a cluster of classic bulbs with a contemporary design. It’s the perfect choice for an otherwise simple dining area.
Glass bubbles are the most popular design in contemporary dining room light fixtures. The branching metal framework ensures even distribution of light across a large dining table.
Twisted For Fun
Set your dining area apart with this contemporary pendant light for the dining room in a twisted design. See how the slender twirls of this light hangs so gently from above?
Wood is usually not a material that comes to mind when talking about light fixtures which is exactly why this piece in a skewed frame is the perfect choice in contemporary pendant light for your dining room.
A Geometric Lantern
These geometric lantern light fixtures for the dining room is one of the best modern dining room lighting ideas.
TRADITIONAL DINING ROOM LIGHTING IDEAS
Check out these traditional dining room lighting ideas if you’re old school at heart and want your dining room to reflect your personality.
Traditional Style Lighting
This is the ideal dining room light fitting design for those of you looking for fuss-free traditional dining room lighting ideas. Its classic design offers ample illumination and matches well with a round table.
In traditional dining room lighting ideas, this cluster of classic lampshades is a popular choice. It is classic, refined and for those who don’t want to go overboard but require a brightly lit space as well.
Keep coming back to this list of fancy dining room lights every time you are tempted to do something new with your dining area. After all, changing the dining room light fittings is a convenient way to give your dining room a makeover rather than an all-out renovation.
35 Outstanding Home Bar Ideas and Designs
Home bars have been part of home plans for a long time. Some homes need huge rooms for their extensive bottle collection and entertainment needs, others prefer the hidden bar designs and then there are single dweller homes with mini wall bars. Home bars do not only provide a safe and organized storage for your collection of wines and spirits, but it also helps you prepare drinks quickly, easily and efficiently by having all bar accoutrements in one place. Here are some impressive home bar ideas and designs to inspire your next home renovation;
1. The Bar
This vibe is all about great conversations, amazing companions, good times. All you need for a barn-inspired home bar is a chalkboard wall, a wood slab counter, a few vintage wire lighting and bar stools. Perfect for basements or man cave settings.
2. Bar in a Cabinet
This home bar is kept away from plain sight but is nearby and handy when situations call for a celebration, a party or just a relaxing sip before bed. The cabinet is already complete with a bar cooler, a wine rack and shelves for storage.
3. Grey Elegance
Modern, elegant and posh. This well-designed home bar takes only about two meters of your kitchen wall space, it is well-appointed that it already includes a couple of coolers, ample wine racks, storage drawers, shelves and service countertop. The understated light grey tone highlights the luxurious marble splash back.
4. Floating Bottle Storage
Amazing and interesting! A perfect wine bottle storage for the modern minimalist home. This great design also doubles as a room divider. The silver or chrome bars give an edgy look. You can also use wood bars for a more rustic vibe.
5. The Pallet Bar
You don’t need to spend a fortune for a home bar. This DIY recycled pallet bar is easy to assemble and will only cost you the pallets, a few nails and a weekend to work on. Simply clean and sand the pallets, put them together, add some colourful lighting and the drinks. You’re ready to party!
6. Pull-Out Drawers
This mini home bar gets a big plus for its convenient design. Making up for its size, the pull-out drawers optimize the available storage space without sacrificing convenience. The bottom drawer for the tall bottles, the top drawer for shorter ones and the upper shelves for glasses, carafes and other bar implements. It even has a service and prep counter!
7. Under the Stairs
Put that awkward space under your stairs to great use. A home bar is just perfect! The black granite countertop sets the moody vibe, while the red brick wall brings the rustic and charming look. Completing the bar are shelves for the bottles, mood lights and a spacious cooler.
8. Chic Nook
Why go out when you can enjoy your favourite drink from your own chic home bar? Bring your friend over instead and have the party in the house! Chic and modern, the look includes a brick wall, a marble counter, a couple of black metal bar stools and an amazing and impressive customised metal wall storage.
9. Marbled Opulence
For those who aren’t afraid to party in the light, this bright and magnificent home bar is for you! The white, grey and several shades in between complement the luxurious marble wall and counters. Complete the posh look with chrome bar stools and crystal pendant lights.
10. Tuscan Cellar
Peaceful, charming and pastoral. Just like the warm air where the best wines come from. The cool chamber recreates the Tuscan air with its cement slab walls, wood shelves and the rustic wine barrel stand. The open ceiling provides the light. The ceiling wood slats, metal bottle holders and clean carpentry give the room a modern look.
11. All in the Wall
This home bar also doubles as wall décor. With smaller homes, home bar ideas and designs have become more creative. Save up on floor space by installing your home bar on the wall. Great idea for bachelor pads and smaller mancaves. Box shelves serve as storage, counters and lighting base. Use your creativity to design the best wall home bar fit for your taste and personality.
12. Rustic Industrial
Combine the rugged vibe of the Wild West with the warmth of rustic charm. The bare concrete floors, brick walls and wood panelled ceilings all give strong impressions of bucolic hospitality and good times. The vintage wood and metal bar, vintage light and old-school bar stool drive in the industrial look.
Modern, opulent and striking. This in-wall cabinet home bar is well-designed for efficiency and style. When the inside lights are lit, the bar is bright against the matte black wall, turn off the lights, the bar is obscured by the tinted glass walls. The lower portion of the bar is a cooler, while the upper shelves serve as storage and a prep counter.
14. Ice Bucket Add-on
Nothing like an ice bucket filled with ice and drinks proclaims a party! Don’t bother transforming your bathtub or kitchen sink into a party ice bucket, just install one in your home bar. This modern and space-efficient home bar setup includes a mirror splashback, a cooler, a few box shelves and edgy black drop lights.
15. A Garden Bar
Bring the party outdoors with this cool garden bar. Perfect for pool parties or just lounging in your deck or garden and enjoying a few drinks, alone, with your significant other or with friends. Complete with coolers, box wine shelves, a bar and a pair of barrel buckets, one for ice and the other one used as a planter for your favourite cocktail herb or spice.
16. The Great Divider
Compact and accessible. Enjoy your favourite drink quick and easy with this kitchen island home bar. Bottle slots on the bottom half and a spacious shelve on top for all your bar accoutrements. One of the best home bar ideas and designs for apartments or smaller homes.
17. DIY Wall Bar
This mini home bar has everything you need to fix and enjoy your favourite drinks, but without eating off precious floor space. Ideal for a second and more convenient home bar – in the bedroom or game room. You’ll need a few wood pallets, some sandpaper and nails and a day to work on it.
18. Lounge with a View
Turn your balcony, window room or verandah into this amazing home bar. The bar is installed on one side of the room – complete with a sink, cooler, shelves and storage cabinets. The dark wood and black combi contrast the white overall theme and the brightness coming from the wide glass window. With the sofa set against the wall and nesting tables, space is maximised.
19. Party in a Barrel
Cool, novel and fun idea! This bar in a barrel is best for smaller homes or apartments, and for bigger homes but would want several bars around the house. As is, the rustic barrel is an interesting home accent, open it up and the party begins.
20. The Racks
This minimalist bar is functional, attractive and well-designed. Choose a good nook for your bar and change your mind or your home design, you can relocate this bar easily. Just move the wine rack bar to where the party is.
21. Between Planting and Wining
This garden-inspired home bar is refreshing, trendy and fun! Build a home bar that will satisfy your need for both gardening and enjoying your favourite cocktail. Equipped with a sink, a cooler, lots of counter space and a chic black metal shelving. Your guests will enjoy just lounging in this beautiful room.
22. A Nook Bar
Bright and charming, compact and accessible. Turn an awkward corner or a nook into this very practical and cosy home bar. It includes a wine cooler, a drawer, a cabinet, a small counter and a couple of shelves. More than enough to provide you and your guests the refreshments you’ll need all day.
23. The Cocktail Pantry
For people who love to entertain at home, this huge cocktail pantry is a must. You can build this in the kitchen, in the basement or game room and even in the hallway. Wine coolers below and storage shelves above. The middle shelf serves as the prep counter. You can close up the pantry with sliding glass doors.
24. Kitchen Wall
No space for a home bar? No problem! This mini home bar is just a kitchen wall. With a wood counter you can fold down when not in use and in wall shelves for storage, the home takes zero floor space and very minimal shelf space. You’ll love its accessible location too!
25. Coolers and Dispensers
A very practical and efficient home bar setup. Built into a cosy corner, the bar includes a couple of coolers, some shelves, a bottle opener, a wood slab counter and a wall-mounted liquor dispenser. These home bar ideas and designs have all you need.
26. Sleek Minimalist
Modern, sleek and striking! This edgy and trendy home bar doesn’t need much décor to captivate. A black island, sleek wood panel wall that hides cabinets, edgy dome pendant lights, metal bar stools and a mirror-backed display shelf. Simply impressive!
27. Glassed in Wine Room
Bright, ultra-modern, arresting and posh. When you want a separate wine room but still want it very much part of the house, this glassed-in wine room is for you. The wine racks on two sides of the room screen off direct view, while one wall serves as the counter and storage area.
28. Party Lights
This corner home bar is well-appointed, complete and efficient. The open box shelf serves as storage and showcase for your bottles and glassware. The counter below includes a couple of coolers, while the one in front serves as the bar and includes a sink. Complete the look with amazing party lights!
29. Enduring Classic
This classy home bar is sophisticated, graceful and timeless. This style will endure trends, go across home styles and fit into many people’s personalities and tastes. The black nook includes X box bottle shelves, shelves, a prep counter, some drawers and a cooler. To brighten up the look, decorate the bar with wine glasses, decanters and silver buckets and trays.
30. Outdoor Pallet Bar
Complete your backyard party scene with this outdoor pallet bar. Made entirely of wood pallets, the small yet extensive home bar includes a sink, a beer dispenser, a wall-mounted liquor dispenser and shelves for glasses and more bottles. You can easily close up shop when the party is over.
31. A Secret Stash
Hidden home bar ideas and designs are popular. This is a very accessible yet discreet home bar. Easily hide your home bar with a fake wall that doubles as a cabinet door. This fake wall hides a complete handy home bar that includes an elegant service counter, dozens of your favourite drinks and enough glasses for you and your guests.
32. Modern Side Bar
A modern side home bar is best for the dining room, hallway and for smaller basements and party rooms. The home bar features a counter, a cooler, bottle rack and a couple of bar stools. Very notable are the wall accents of wood cubes and a black panel, highlighted by several spotlights. Cool!
33. Patio Party Room
Turn your patio into a party or chill zone by adding a home bar. This glass-encased patio includes a mini bar that can serve your favourite drink without you running to the kitchen. The geometric design of the bar is picked up by the very interesting floor detail. Add some vintage glass dome pendant lights, a couple of mid-century modern chairs for the refreshing outdoorsy vibe.
34. Portable Minibar
This personal mini bar is big enough to hold your favourite stash of drinks and small enough to for you to move it as much as you want. Bring it with you to the bedroom, the living room and even to the bathroom! Convenience is served!
35. Rustic Mancav
Urbane, rustic, impressive. The wood panel walls, massive wood beam, vintage bar stools and the galvanized iron sheet enclosed lights deliver a strong, active and vibrant personality. While the tile collage splash back and anchor décor show a creative side.
Hair Salon Design and Plans
Here is a technical guide for a hair salon design
space planning and furniture arrangement, a practical example with 3D model.
A hair salon design requires technical and organizational factors that make the project a real challenge.
Hair Salon Design and Plans
That’s why it is necessary to consider design rules but also to adopt the proper marketing techniques to achieve effective solutions in terms of furniture and space arrangement.
Some important aspects to consider to correctly design a hair salon are:
· interior space planning
· furniture arrangement
Hair salon design: interior space arrangement
Interior spaces arrangement is fundamental when planning a hair salon and will require that certain regulations and standards are met, especially regarding plant installation systems (hydraulic and electrical). In fact, a correct planning should guarantee customer’s comfort and wellness as well as facilitating work activities.
A hair salon can be divided into 3 main areas:
1. entrance – reception / cash desk /waiting area
2. work area – hair wash /hair cut-styling
3. services – wc / salon storage
Space should be organized in order to accommodate the reception area, the cash desk and the waiting room. The cash desk area should also be conceived and organized for displaying and selling hair products with proper shelves. this is usually accomplished by placing a shelf dedicated to displaying the products behind it. Waiting room is a very important space that creates the image of the whole hair salon.
When designing this area, it is necessary to take into consideration at least 2 specific pieces of furniture known as “backwashing” and, in case, a platform or a raised part, which facilitates staff work. Furnishings should be completed with shelving for storing various products, such as shampoos, lotions, tools and towels.
Lighting is also very important to facilitate the work of the staff: an ideal solution is a spotlight system.
Cut/hair styling station
This area is the core of the salon, where the hairdresser shows off his skills and the client checks the results in the mirror. That is why when designing this area, special attention should be paid to the electrical installation system. Direct lighting should be avoided and you should rather opt for a diffused lighting, which does not create unpleasant shadows.
This area should be provided with at least 3/4 styling chairs and as many mirrors and furniture:
· wall -mounted furniture (recommended for smaller environments)
· island units (for very large environments and more refined and sophisticated customers).
This area can also be used for complementary activities such as beauticians, cosmetologists, manicurists, etc
It is an area that must be compulsory provided in a public place.
Sizes depend on the number of people who can be present at the same time in the salon and by national regulatory requirements. It should be accessible from the inside and a washing facility should also be provided.
The ancillary rooms are environments used to store work tools and equipment, treatment products, cleaning tools, etc. This is sized also according to working needs and in respect of the various national and local requirements.
Hair salon furniture
Furniture plays a key role and it is the element that better represents the character and style of the owner/hairdresser. In addition, it is determined by addressing a specific target customer and to guarantee well-being and comfort.
Furnishing elements should be divided according to the functional areas.
Waiting room: waiting chair, waiting couch and coffee table
Customers who are waiting their turn, should be “treated” with special care. This means that furniture must be designed not only to match the style of the whole place but also that seats must guarantee a sense of comfort. Also, you should find space for a small coffee table for drinks and magazines.
Cash desk/reception: counter and display shelf
The cash desk area is to be considered not only an area for payment, but also for reception. Furnishings should therefore be chosen in order to make a good impact on the customer and at the same time encourage purchasing. That is why it is useful to provide also a counter or wall-mounted display shelves and the proper accent lighting to draw the customer’s attention to the salon display.
Washing points and shelves
It is an extremely functional area, for this reason, it should be extremely organized and it is necessary to install hair washing furniture and shelves for treatment products and towels to allow smooth activities and flows.
Work area (styling station area): wall-mounted or island furniture, mirror and seats
Another functional area that represents the identity of the place and enhances its aesthetics. The wall-mounted or island furniture should be arranged to help staff working without obstacles. Lighting can enhance every single step of a customer journey (especially in presence of mirrors) and daily tasks.
Hair salon design: a practical example
Our practical case study describes a hair salon of around 100 m² designed to have a vintage style and having old barber salons as reference. The floor plan includes the following environments:
reference. The floor plan includes the following environments:
· storage room
· separate toilets
European regulations for hairdresser lead to the following guidelines:
· rooms with constant height ≥ 2.70 m
· hygiene services room height ≥ 2.40m
· hallways height ≥ 2.10 m
· surface for ventilation ≥ 1/10 floor area (if not possible, mechanical ventilation should be envisaged)
· a service room that envisages a single employee should be at least 15 m² and it will increase by 5 m² for each additional employee
· facility floors must have a homogenous and washable surface
The entrance is divided into 2 areas, one for the cash desk and the one for the waiting room. The first one is furnished with a reception desk designed both for arriving and for leaving customers; behind it there is a display shelf for products. The waiting area gives a sense of relax and comfort to the customer. In the middle, we can find two couches with a coffee table.
The salon is also divided into 2 main areas, providing separate services to female and male customers. Each section is divided into 2 other areas: one for washing and one for cutting / styling.
A raised platform has been mounted in the shampoo area for the staff to better perform their tasks. Furthermore, 2 partition walls have been arranged orthogonally together with a product dispensary.
The area for cutting / styling has been set up with 3 workstations.
Toilets and washing facility are separated by gender. A great attention was paid to meet the needs of disabled people.
4 things to keep in mind for a hair salon design
1. Divide the environment into different areas, arranging them in a functional manner
2. Define the functions for each different area
3. Size areas according to standard provisions
4. Ensure that certain levels of comfort are met