Furnishing and Designing Bedrooms for Students Part IV
How you can achieve an optical illusion with a clever choice of colors that positively influences the overall effect of your bedroom – problems and solutions:
Student room with a small area
Small bedrooms can quickly become cramped and overwhelming. You can prevent this by optically enlarging the room. You can do this easily if you opt for a light color design (ceiling and walls). Pastel tones are best for this, ranging from a charming vanilla yellow to fresh sky blue to charming mint green. If you opt for a silk-gloss color, you can increase the optical magnification effect even more.
Narrow-cut student room
Narrow spaces can quickly become overwhelming. A two-tone wall design is recommended to give a narrow bedroom with a rectangular cut or in the shape of a tube optically more width. Choose a darker color or wallpaper for the shorter walls than for the longer walls of the room.
In no case should all walls in a narrow or small bedroom be designed with dark or very dark colors, because this would give the room an even narrower and more oppressive effect.
Student room with a low ceiling
If the ceiling in the bedroom is low, it can get on your mind. In order to visually give the room more height, the ceiling should be designed in a lighter shade than the wall. When painting the ceiling, make sure that there is a clear demarcation in which you let the light paint end exactly at the edge of the ceiling. To ensure that the end edge is clean and precise, it is recommended that you mask the wall with a wide masking tape (painter’s mask) before painting the ceiling.
Another “trick” to visually give a bedroom with a low ceiling more height is a wall design with vertical stripes (lengthwise stripes). You can achieve this very well, for example, with appropriately patterned wallpaper.
Student room with a high ceiling
A room with a high ceiling initially offers a higher volume of space, which is fundamentally positive, but in such bedrooms you usually perceive a certain uncomfortability and coldness. To counteract this, the height of the room should be optically reduced. You can easily achieve this by choosing a darker color for the ceiling than for the walls. In addition, in the case of a high room, you should not stop painting the ceiling immediately at the edge, but also paint about ten centimeters of the upper wall area in the chosen dark color. The dark color gives the ceiling more dominance. In addition, it no longer looks that far away, which creates a more comfortable atmosphere in the bedroom.
Of course, you can also “hang” a high ceiling, for example by pulling in a new “lower” ceiling in the bedroom using plasterboard. Or you can choose to hang the ceiling with fabric. If you drape the fabric loosely / fluffy, you can create a very special spatial effect and also make the bedroom more cozy.
Student rooms with short sloping ceilings
In bedrooms with short sloping ceilings, the homogeneous or harmonious overall impression is disturbed because the view is automatically drawn to the slope when entering the room. To counteract this, short roof slopes should be designed in the same color as the ceiling. In this way, the ceiling and slope (s) optically form a unit and the dominance of the slope (s) is reduced. Whether the walls should be painted lighter or darker than the ceiling and the sloping ceiling (s) depends on the height of the room: in higher rooms you should paint the walls lighter and in lower rooms darker than the ceiling (or wallpaper).
Student rooms with long sloping ceilings
If long slopes protrude far into the bedroom, the whole room appears narrower and smaller. The room is dominated by the sloping roof and it also constantly reminds the viewer of how difficult it is to set up furniture due to this spatial peculiarity. Here you should ensure that the slope is perceived as part of the wall. To do this, design the slope in the same color as the wall. Choose a lighter color for the ceiling than for the walls of the room. Thanks to the uniform color design of the long sloping roof and wall or walls as well as the lighter colored ceiling, you give the bedroom more height and take away the dominance of the slope.
Bedside tables for student bedrooms
A general bedside table recommendation cannot be given for the student bedroom. If the room is equipped with a regular bed, you can orientate yourself on this. Hanging bedside tables, for example, which do not require any floor space, as they can simply be hung on the bed frame, are very space-saving. If additional storage space is required, it makes sense to choose a bedside table with drawers. So that the storage space on top of the bedside cabinet can be optimally used, this height of the bedside table should match the bed height. In the drawers, for example, laundry and hosiery can be stored “invisibly” and quickly accessible.