Having minimal space doesn’t mean that you need to limit your creativity when it comes to décor and upgrades. A tiny home can be as beautiful, homey, and maaliwalas as its larger counterparts—it’s simply a matter of planning, having a vision, and seeing it through.
Whether you’ve found a new rental, are moving in your own investment, or have been living in your property for years, these tips can help you create and reinvent your space, one nook at a time.
Consider your theme
With so many pegs on the internet, it’s now easier to decide what kind of style to apply to your space. Common picks for those with a small floor area are the bright Scandinavian and the clean minimalist, but, don’t box yourself in—when planned right, you can go industrial, eclectic, and even maximalist.
Tip: When thinking of a look, you’ll also want to consider what a specific area will be used for. Professional organizer Mica Santayana-Canto explains that zoning could help in keeping spaces organized, and aesthetically pleasing: plus you’ll also be able to fully utilize every nook and cranny!
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Break out your measuring tape! Before you start on anything, it’s imperative that you know exactly how much space you have so that you can plan furniture and appliance purchases well. While there are a lot of really great and economical picks that you think may look great in your home, buying without measuring (or through “tantya”) often ends up with a purchase that’s not 100 percent utilized, or worse one that eventually becomes an eyesore, so best be organized and exact about it!
Purchase with purpose in mind
Having a tiny home means you really have to be critical about each and every piece you bring in. In an interview with Real Living, architect Angelo Siochi has said that one of the most common mistakes that people make when decorating a small space is jumping the gun when it comes to furniture: “[They] tend to get excited with buying furniture. [But] you have to consider its function."
Look through what you already have
With the reminder of being efficient with your purchases, it’s also important to first check what you already have prior to heading to a store and buying more stuff. The last thing you want when you have in a tiny home are several pieces of the same thing—especially if they’re space-consuming.
If you can’t find furniture that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, you may want to consider having pieces customized. Folding and multi-tasking furniture (such as a bed that has storage) can go a long way in keeping things sleek and organized in your space.
Architect Angelo Siochi highlights the importance of investing in the right furniture; after all, you'll be using them every day.
Storage, storage, storage
Probably one of the most important things in creating a tiny and functional space is storage. You’ll have to be smart about positioning them (this is where your multi-tasking furniture comes in). Moreover, you have to utilize your surfaces as much as you can. Your walls can easily become additional storage space. Installing floating shelves add a personal touch to your home while keeping things neat, tidy, and visible.
Play with mirrors
Mirrors, when positioned correctly, can quickly make any space look bigger. Cabinet doors can easily double as mirror panels—that’s storage plus décor in one. If you’re not too keen on going big, you may want to check out these unique picks that you’d love to hang in your home.
Make neatness a habit
Cleaning up and decluttering regularly is a must when living in a tiny home. You’d also want to be more mindful about your purchases, and practice a bit of minimalism along the way. Every time you’re tempted to buy a new item, think first if you already have something similar at home. If you’re still tempted, ask yourself, “Do I need it? Can I live without it?” Doing so can help you prioritize your purchases and allows you to look at material possessions in another light
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.