Living in a tiny home does not mean you have to sacrifice style. We’ve compiled tips and tricks from our favorite tiny house interior designs to help you create both a functional and stylish tiny home.
Accentuate Areas of Light
Natural light is a tiny home’s best friend. The more natural light that pours in the larger your home will feel. Do not block windows with furniture, but highlight them and use the light as part of the space. Install skylights and enjoy the extra sunshine and stargazing views!
It’s time to Marie Kondo your life. In tiny home living, there is no room for clutter. Ask yourself what items you really need, and rehome items you can live without. Removing clutter from your home will make your space feel bigger. Additionally, removing unnecessary items from your living space is a key element of embracing the tiny living minimalist mindset.
Be Clever with Storage
One of the fun parts of tiny living is finding unique ways to store and hide belongings. For example, if your tiny home has a staircase, turn the bottom into storage cubbies or cabinets.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Many of the most successful tiny home designs include introducing a large outdoor deck space. A deck is a solid way to expand both your living and hosting space. Install French doors or glass windows to give a feeling of continuity between the indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite tiny home decks here.
Convert a Closet
Use your closet space to hide appliances. If you have room in your wardrobe space, place an appliance like a vertical washer/dryer unit inside to avoid taking up real estate in your living area. Plus, you can close a door and cover up the eyesores of day-to-day living!
Whether you have a 200 square-foot home or a 800 square-foot home, it’s important to separate your space into zones. Use curtains, artwork, plants, or space dividers to differentiate your home into “room zones”. Creating a difference between your bedroom and living space will help you establish a routine that is easily done in full-size living. No one likes walking in the front door and seeing your bed!
Decorate with Plants
If you’re living in a tiny home you probably already love being a plant parent. Plants are a unique way to decorate your home, and even start an herb garden to go with your “off-the-grid” style.
Invest in High-Quality Furniture
Living in a tiny home naturally cuts down on expenses such as utilities and mortgage payments. Use this saved capital to invest in high-quality furniture. Nice furniture will keep your tiny home from feeling like a cheap dorm.
Install Floating Shelves
Bringing a chunky bookcase or dresser is probably out of the question. Floating shelves are easily re-arranged, and don’t take up a lot of room.
If your mobility allows, install a stylish ladder to your loft or second floor rather than stairs. This will free-up more living space on the main level.
Loft Your Bedroom
Placing your bed loft-style is an excellent tool for saving space, and looking hip. Plus, it helps you separate your home into zones. Save the floorspace and put your bed in the air!
Another interior design secret is hanging mirrors to create a feeling of space. Mirrors look great and easily trick the eye.
A tiny home can mean tiny appliances. Well, not actually tiny, but proportionate to your home. There are lots of miniature versions of stoves, refrigerators, washer/dryers, etc. that are extremely efficient yet small enough to match the size and aesthetic of your home.
Mount Your TV
TV’s take up a good amount of space. When you mount a TV to a wall you eliminate the need to purchase a space-filling TV stand. If mounting a TV isn’t desirable to you, place it in a cabinet that can be closed and hidden. This allows you to promote an aesthetic in your home that does not make the TV a focal point.
Find furniture that can serve multiple uses in your home. For example, find a table that can be used as both a work space and dining area. Or, a coffee table that moonlights as an ottoman. If you like to host, cubes can serve as guest seating and as end tables when you’re alone.
Need vs. Want
Before clicking “buy” ask yourself if you need an item before purchasing it. Try to wait 24 hours from seeing an item before buying it to avoid clutter-inducing impulse buys.
Neutral Color Pallet
It’s a not-so-secret design secret that neutral colors make spaces feel open. This is because these colors reflect light well, and leave rooms feeling spacious and airy. Choose light neutral colored paints like white, gray, and beige.
Pocket doors are sliding doors that disappear into a wall when fully open. Using these over traditional doors opens up the opportunity to utilize every corner of the home without having to consider the width of a doorspan.
The golden rule of tiny home interior design is to think vertical. Layout your home in such a way that your storage and decorations go upward, not outward. This is both a space-saving and design technique to lift the eye up, and create an illusion of space. Since you want visitors to be looking up, invest in a beautiful ceiling light or fan to add some eye-candy to your ceiling.
If you’re one of the thousands of new remote workers you know the importance of a dedicated office space in your home. Create a desk that can be pulled out from a wall or closet space. This helps keep your “office zone” from your relaxation zone.
Tiny house interior design can be fun, and allow you to express your personal style in ways you’ve never imagined. Remember to decorate vertically and think about what you need before you buy it. These two schools of thought plus these interior design tips will ensure you have a beautiful and comfortable tiny home interior design.