Decorating tiny homes has its challenges. You want to imbue it with personality without creating visual clutter, and fill it with appliances and furniture that will add comfort to your life without ending up with a cramped space.
Fortunately, with careful planning and the use of an interior design that leans more toward minimalism, you can decorate your tiny home in a way that looks cozy, spacious, and above all, functional.
- Create lots of storage space.
Visual clutter is one of the most common problems of people living in tiny homes. For this reason, make sure that you have sufficient storage space around the house to keep everything organized.
The space below the kitchen sink, the stairs, and even built-in benches can be turned into a storage space.
Cover up built-in storage shelves to avoid the cluttered look. However, you may keep a few shelves open if you want to display some travel souvenirs and art pieces (just don’t overdo it).
- Keep the floor clear.
You can do this by opting for sofa, bed, and other furniture with exposed legs and floating pieces such as nightstands and shelves. By allowing light to pass through them, the space looks more airy and bigger.
- Opt for multi-purpose furniture.
The use of compact seating, transforming tables, wall beds, sofa and ottoman with storage solutions, and stool-cum-nightstand-and-center-table can help you maximize your space.
- Choose normal-sized, statement furniture.
One of the most common mistakes when designing tiny homes is filling them with too much small furniture, creating visual clutter and interrupting the natural flow of space.
A good rule of thumb is to invest in statement pieces and normal-sized furniture that have multiple functions–just make sure that you use fewer pieces per room. Also, displaying large-scale art is better than filling your home with small knick-knacks.
- Use a unified, subdued color palette.
A unified color palette can make small adjacent rooms look bigger. This is particularly true if you opt for subdued hues and minimize the use of dark tones and patterns.
However, this is not to say that you can’t use darker hues and vivid patterns. Just make sure that you only utilize them as your accent color to create more interest and drama in your tiny space. For example, the use of large-scale patterns can serve as a focal point.
Nevertheless, the use of bold wallpaper can also work in smaller homes provided that they are used to connect small adjacent spaces.
- Maximize natural lights.
Stay away from cumbersome curtains and opt for sheer privacy windows and woven blinds to let in the natural light. To further create more illumination, place mirrors on opposite walls from the windows.
- Add plenty of light fixtures in every room.
From table lamps, chandeliers, ceiling lights, and LED strip lights, the strategic placement of artificial light sources can also make tiny homes look bigger and more spacious.
- Use a larger rug.
A larger rug covering at least a good portion of the sofa, the center table, and chairs can create a unified look and even open up the space. By contrast, smaller rugs can make the furniture appear “floating” awkwardly and divide the already limited space.