Slightly Coastal: How To Make A Small Bedroom Feel Special

One of the big challenges with this house has been room size.  Every secondary bedroom is a small bedroom.  Our house is about 1800 s.f. and the builder packed 4 bedrooms in it.  I would have preferred 3 larger bedrooms, but the choice was not mine.  Luckily, my kids are not “hang out in their room” kind of kids.  They both prefer to be out in the common spaces with everyone else.  I still wanted to make their small bedrooms feel special.  I recently finished my oldest son’s room and you can see that HERE.  I focused on 5 ways to create a special space for my younger son even though he has a small bedroom.

Make A Small Bedroom Feel Special

Tip # 1:  Use Color!

When I asked my little guy what color he wanted his room to be he told me green.  I knew he meant green green.  Not mint green.  Not apple green.  Not hunter green.  He wanted bright primary green.  I wanted to give him his green room in a way I could live with also.  By painting his dresser green he immediately had the green he was looking for.

Kelly Green Dresser

Carrying the color around the room helps make it a main player in the room.  I used the green again by lining the back of his bookcases with green fabric taped to poster board.

Fabric Lined Bookcases

I also used it on a planked wall treatment behind his bed, in one of the pillows on his bed, and in his bedding.

Planked Wall Treatment

Green chevron pillow

By using the color at least 3 times, I reinforced the idea the room is a green room.

Tip #2:  Pattern and Texture

They’re only little for a little while…why not let them have that crazy bedding?  They have their whole life to live with neutrals.  This truck bedding was his older brother’s bedding.  He couldn’t wait to have it on his big boy bed.

Construction Bedding


The hounds-tooth rug brings in another fun punch of pattern.  Luke likes to “walk on the water”-a game I love to play too.

Houndstooth rug and rick rack bed skirt

The planked wall treatment behind his bed also gives some great texture to the space.

Tip #3:  Make It Personal

Little ones like to see pictures of themselves and those they love.  Here, I created a small gallery wall where I can easily change out pictures.  I also displayed pictures of his grandparents, brother, parents, and dog around the room.  These items make it a really personal space for him.

Gallery Wall Rules of A Southern Gentleman

Tip #4:  Use Cool Lighting

Kids need a light to read with.  If you have a large enough area for a reading nook, congratulations!  You can do some awesome lighting and design.  I knew his reading area was going to have to be his bed.  I wanted good lighting for reading, and a hanging plug-in pendant light fit the bill perfectly.  To make it cozy, I created this planked wall and valance as the backdrop.  I added grosgrain ribbon to a simple white lamp shade to make it extra special.

Hanging Pendant with Planked Wall

Hanging pendant light on planked wall valance

Tip #5:  Organization That Works

Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you have something, but you just can’t find it.  It’s no different for a 3 year old.  I created loads of storage by flanking his dresser with tall bookshelves that are secured to the wall.  Everything I want him to reach is on the lower shelves.

Luke's green dresser 8Dresser flanked by bookcases, hounds tooth rug

Nothing drives me crazier than doing the laundry, folding it, and putting it away only to pull it out of an unorganized drawer a wrinkled mess.  I’m kind of obsessive about not wearing wrinkled clothes.

Luke's Green Dresser 9Luke's Green Dresser 10

I can easily find matching pieces and everything stays organized.

 Here are a few more shots.  I so love how his room has turned out.  It is such a bright and cheery place in our house.

Kelly Green Dresser
Hanging Light in Front of Planked Headboard

Kelly Green Dresser

I just love his room and the most important part is, he does too.  Have a great day!



  1. Ronnie Gunn Tucker

    May 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Great results! Lucky little boy. 🙂

    1. Debi

      May 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Very nice and so organized!

      1. Nancy

        May 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        Thanks Debi. Organization can be so tough, but fingers crossed, his drawers have held up for almost a month now. I think it is something we can keep going.

    2. Nancy

      May 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Ronnie! Your shop is looking awesome! I love all the new pieces you have found.

  2. carolyn | homework

    May 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

    What a great space. I love the colors and all the fantastic details. I’d like to invite you to share your projects on The Inspiration Board at my blog homework. I’ve been hosting my party for over 4 years and it’s going strong. I would love for you to add me to your link party list.
    carolyn : homework

    1. Nancy

      June 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Carolyn. I’m adding your party to my list. This girl like to party!

  3. CoCo - the crowned goat

    May 29, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    nancy, what a creative use of color and texure! i bet your son loves this room. it rocks! hope you guys have a fantastic weekend, coco

    1. Nancy

      June 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks CoCo! He does love the room and is excited about picking up toys to keep it looking nice. Keep your fingers crossed that the enthusiasm lasts. Have a great week!

  4. the cape on the corner

    June 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    i love the fun headboard/lighting treatment, truly original.

    1. Nancy

      June 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for the original comment. I do have a little truth to tell though. I saw a fabric valance done in a similar way in Architectural Digest quite a while ago and knew someday I would use that idea. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Linda@Coastal Charm

    June 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this darling room at my party today…going to show it off on my FB page.


    1. Nancy

      June 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Linda! I had so much fun using all of the bright colors.

  6. Brooke Riley~Re-fabbed

    June 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Love the room! I especially love the green plank wall and light fixture over the bed. Everything just looks so great. I will also be implementing the organized drawers! Great idea.

    1. Nancy

      June 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Brooke! The organized drawers have been so easy to keep up…surprisingly. Thanks for reading!

  7. brett

    September 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Fab! Love the green and blue color pops in the space – I’m sure the little guy loves this room! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Preppy Party. xx, b

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