Tiny houses are becoming more popular by the day, especially on rental sites like Airbnb. It takes minimalism to the next level, encouraging the idea that downsizing forces you to only have the things you need.
However, it can be easy for a tiny house to feel cluttered and claustrophobic if you don’t know how to embrace it. Whilst you want your tiny house to be cosy, it still needs to feel spacious. Your guests should enjoy the warmth without feeling squashed.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make smaller spaces feel bigger, so your tiny house can reach its full potential.
Pick a Colour Scheme
Having the right colour scheme is crucial for setting the tone of your tiny house. In smaller spaces, opt to use light colours to make the room feel bigger. These reflect the natural light to give the feeling of a bigger space.
Whilst dark colours can help to make a room feel cosier, when you are already working in a small space it can become claustrophobic. It’s better to stick to lighter colours and a simple colour scheme throughout the house. By keeping the colours similar, it helps to create a natural flow through the space.
Optimise Storage Space
When working with a small space, storage is key to reducing a cluttered feeling. Luckily, there are easy ways to create extra storage space that won’t impact the feel of the house. Furniture can often serve as a storage method. Get a coffee table with built-in drawers, or hollow out your stairs for extra space.
In a tiny house, you want to use all the space you have in the most efficient way possible. Lots of regular furniture can be adapted to also hold storage. You don’t have to fill every space available, but this creates an easy way to remove clutter and keep things out of sight.
Choose the Right Furniture
Picking the perfect furniture is always difficult, but it’s even harder when you don’t have a lot of space. The main aim is to make your space feel bigger than it is, without overcrowding it. Get sofas that are slightly elevated, and don’t position them flush against the wall.
Creating space around it gives the impression that you have excess space available. It also allows you to see more of the floor, making the room feel bigger.
You can also get floor-to-ceiling shelves, to draw the eye upwards and for extra storage. It makes good use of wall space and makes the ceilings look higher. This is a simple way to make the space feel bigger and optimise storage without losing the cosiness of a tiny house.
Windows and Mirrors
Light is one of the best ways to make a space feel bigger and airier. By pairing windows and mirrors, you can make the most of the light that your tiny house gets.
Place large mirrors opposite windows to retract sunlight and expand the feeling of the room. You don’t want to place mirrors by cluttered or confined areas, as that will only make the space feel smaller.
In a small space, the more windows, the better! Simple, uncovered windows can let plenty of light in to make the space feel bigger. Using sheer covers or blinds can be beneficial as they don’t take up much space.
If you have a little more room to work with, use drapes that go past the windows. If your curtains start higher up and stretch out further, it creates the illusion of bigger windows. This makes it feel like you are in a bigger room!
The easiest way to create more space is simple – have less stuff! The great thing about tiny houses is they force you to deliberate with your choices. It encourages you to remove any clutter to stop the room looking too busy, so you have to really think about what you want to keep.
One bigger piece of art on the wall instead of multiple smaller pieces can make the space seem bigger. If you hang it at the average eye height, the space above the art gives the illusion of a taller room.
Focus on simple décor that doesn’t take up too much space. You still want to include things that give your house a personality, but you have to edit and hone your ideas. The aim isn’t to show how much you can fit in your house – you want to emphasise how spacious your tiny home can be.
To Sum Up…
There are loads of great ways to make a tiny house feel bigger, without impacting the cosy atmosphere you want to create. Make sure you get creative, edit everything, and remember: less is more!
For more advice on how to manage your tiny house, contact the team at Keey today.