These past few years, many Americans have chosen to downsize from a multiple bedroom house to an entire home consisting of less than 300 square feet and only one room, commonly called a Tiny House. This lifestyle trend is on the rise, so why are people making the choice to live in one room while you’re still searching for space in your studio loft, three-bedroom home or 1,200 square foot apartment? It’s puzzling. But we’d like to look at these tiny houses and take inspiration in using décor to turn a small room into a spacious living area. Read on to find what we found.
1. Take Advantage of Stripes
WHY? Stripes have the power to elongate. Most are familiar with the rule of thumb on stripes in the fashion world. Floor to ceiling stripes add height and left to right stripes add width. In other words, when it comes to your clothes: vertical stripes good, horizontal stripes bad.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TINY HOMES: Ever think of using this trick for your home? A striped rug can be just what your studio apartment needs to feel less crammed. Take inspiration from Tiny Home designer, Paige Morse. Based out of Dallas, Morse renovated century-old sheds into a two-bedroom home. She used stripes in rugs, a sink skirt and the left the horizontal wooden planked stripes in the walls. See Paige Morse’s century-old tiny home for yourself!
WHAT CAN I DO? In your own space, consider adding horizontal and vertical stripes on walls, floor, and furniture to make the room seem taller and wider. Your studio apartment could double in size.
2. Try Minimal Color Palettes
WHY? Many tiny homes are adding space by showing bare neutral walls of white, wood, or gray and using two or three colored color palettes. When making a small area spacious, there’s something to be said about not being afraid of white space. Tiny Homes with seemingly large living areas tend to be decorated with lighter color palettes.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TINY HOMES: Richardson Architects took advantage of the white walls and home accessories and added small pops of yellows, oranges, and blues to their Dairy Farm Cottage. Tiny Heirloom Homes, a custom tiny house building company, used similar color palettes on their Farmhouse Getaway. The team decorated their 192-square foot house with dull shades of orange, mustard yellow, and powder blue. The famous Tom’s Treehouse in Camp Wandawega gains much of its fame from the vast history the camp holds. However, we love the Treehouse for it’s warm, inviting atmosphere. With wood as the “white walls”, The Treehouse has been decorated with dark and dull yellows, purples, and a pale blue.
WHAT CAN I DO? Check out all three small houses and then try experimenting with color palettes consisting of a just a few colors in your own small space. Choose two or three colors and find a few decorations. Keep open space and blank walls and focus on using decor for color pops. Decorating your white walled tiny kitchen with only a few hues is sure to open the space up.
3. Ditch the Chaotic, Say Hello to Plants
WHY? While decorating a small space, the most challenging part can be finding pieces that aren’t too large or chaotic. Many small houses and rooms recently are being decorated with plants. Plants are simple and versatile. They look well against white walls, wood, and almost any fabric. Also, a mix of flowers and plants can add a variety of shapes of leaves and petals. These natural decorations work well serving as the organic shapes in your space.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TINY HOMES: The Fox House, built by Emily and Sloane Southard, features plants in each and every room of the 100 square-foot house. This beautiful Nashville treehouse uses a variety of plants.
WHAT CAN I DO? Use this treehouse as inspiration to add plants to your own home! Put away some of your old decorations and replace the space with a few plants. See for yourself that your small space will appear beautiful without looking bare.