Shows like ‘Tiny House Nation’ and ‘Tiny House, Big Living’ have captured the attention and imagination of a new set of homeowners; those who are adventurous enough to downsize their living space to less than 500 sq. ft. Tiny homes promise to declutter, cut down on your cleaning time and offer greater savings which in turn can greatly enhance your quality of life. Of course, many of us don’t choose willingly to live in a small house, but have to, out of necessity. So how can we make our tiny house not feel SO tiny? Here are some tiny house tips to get you started.
Break down the walls (if you can)
The key to making a small space feel bigger is to get rid of any unnecessary walls (i.e non- load bearing walls) and open up the space to let the maximum amount of light in. Walls can be replaced with glass dividers, or a similar material that still allows light to travel through. The dividers will give you the traditional ‘room’ feeling without cutting into the space. Of course, we would not recommend glass dividers for the bathroom wall, unless it’s frosted.
White-out your space
Darker colours absorb light while lighter colours will reflect and bounce light all around a room. This works wonders for a small space by making it feel airier and larger. Paint walls and cupboards in a white or off-white hue and you can trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it is.
Let your lights shine down
Continuing with the theme of maximizing lighting, opt for overhead lights to avoid dark spots. When the sun goes down you need lighting that won’t take up valuable square footage in your home. Under cabinet lighting in the kitchen and overhead lighting in living areas and bathrooms go a long way in creating that roomier feel when natural light is unavailable.
Sort out your life
No amount of white paint or light bulbs can help you if you don’t maintain a very organised and clutter free home. Even large houses can feel cramped when they are messy and disorganised. Cutting down on the amount of ‘stuff’ you really need is a good start. But sorting and storing what you do have in creative ways can make a world of a difference. For example, utilising the space behind closets, cupboard doors and under the bed keeps things off counters and tables. You can even create magnetic boards to hold metal cups and store toiletries in the bathroom.
Don’t cut out corners
Corner shelving is one of the most overlooked, but impactful ways to create more storage space in tight rooms. So start storing your possessions there instead of gathering dust.
Get out more
Extend your living space outdoors. A patio is great for another living or dining space. Make it feel like a part of the home with comfortable yet weatherproof furnishings and light it just as you would your interiors. You may even find you prefer life on the outside more!
These are just a few of the tricks you can use to make your home feel ten times larger. Well, maybe not ten times larger but more comfortable, brighter and much easier to live in. So now you know that you can make that tiny house of yours, your castle after all.