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When you have a small bedroom, it’s hard to envision bringing many styles to the space. You have what’s necessary for your room, trying to cram everything in one tiny space. Just remember one key point: Every room needs a focal point. This means that your bed will most likely be that eye-catching spot in the room. Namely, the head of the bed will be what catches your eye. Below, you’ll find some more tips to make the most use of your small bedroom.
While it can be tempting to try and cram things into a small room, making the most use of every inch of space possible, you want to actually do the opposite. This means placing beds against the walls or near a window, buying a smaller sized bed, and finding furniture that’s not overwhelming. Other tricks are to eliminate the headboard and footboard or use more see-through options for the furnishings.
Keep It Bold And Unique
Just because you have a small bedroom doesn’t mean that the space needs to be bland. Don’t be afraid to either make the room bold with color or rich with texture. Choose your color palette wisely. Don’t be afraid to express yourself or whoever the resident of the room is. Is the small bedroom a nursery? Keep it light and fun. Don’t make the room too stuffy. If the bedroom belongs to a sports fan, hang lots of favorite sports memorabilia photos. Often, if a room has a lot of expression, it distracts from the small size of the space. The idea is to make your bedroom special, no matter what size it is.
Everything Is Potential Storage
In a small bedroom, storage can be a problem. There’s many creative solutions to solve this space dilemma. You can put the bed up on blocks for more under bed storage. Use a storage chest as a bedside table. This will help you to have the furnishings you need, yet they will double as storage units.
Combat A Low Ceiling
The brighter a room, the less attraction will be drawn to a low ceiling. Slanted ceilings are often a problem in smaller bedrooms, but bright colors can combat the closed in feeling and leave the bedroom feeling more open.
When shopping for furniture for your small bedroom, try to find pieces with rounded corners. This will help keep your limited walkway space in the room clear, as it takes up less space than traditional angled corners. You can really add character to a room using rounded nightstands, ottomans, and more accents.
You'd have to take out a four year student loan to get a hint of how much is involved in buying a house. And this only applies to the financial side of home ownership. In fact, depending on the college, buying a house could be like taking out a student loan every year.
Money isn't the only reason why you don't want to buy a house
But, that doesn't mean that you won't think twice before you postpone buying a house. It is hard to turn away from a house that you really want, a house that you feel is meant for you to live in. Yet, buy a house at the wrong time and live years in regret.
Already being in the hole for steep student loans is just one reason why you don't want to buy a house right now. Some of the other reasons why it could hurt to buy a house now have absolutely nothing to do with money. For instance, you could regret buying a house right now if you:
- Are seriously thinking about making a life change that will require you to relocate or downsize within three or less years. Plans to start a business, return to college and get a graduate degree or move to another part of the country could all lead to significant life changes that call for you to alter your living arrangements.
- Recently started to deal with a significant physical or mental health issue. The last thing that you need right now is to take on the weight of owning a house. This doesn't mean that you can't buy a house and make it work. It means that you could add pressure to your life if you buy a house now.
- Own another house in an area where housing prices are dropping. If you wait until house prices stabilize or increase where you currently live, you could sell your house for a profit or break even when you sell your current house.
- Don't have a lot of home repair and home maintenance knowledge and experience. Buy an older house and you could save on the overall price of the home only to get stuck with steep repair bills months or a few years down the road.
- Are working to repair your credit. The better your finances are, the more likely you are to secure a quality mortgage from a reliable lender.
- Have just gone through a divorce and were left with child support payments or other financial payments that have left you with next to no disposable income.
You could go ahead and buy a house even if you know that you're not ready. But, you'll end up paying more than a monthly mortgage. As you struggle to stay current in your mortgage payments, you might end up losing sleep. The appreciation that you once had for the your house might vanish, going the way of savings and peace of mind.
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