When it comes to tiny living, minimalism is key. Not only do you have little space for your belongings, but clutter can certainly make your tiny house feel even smaller.
Naturally, you know that minimalism means less. But what does it mean when it comes to your home’s appearance? Think light colors, thin chairs, and multi-functional furniture.
While you don’t want your home to look un-lived in, you also don’t want it to feel claustrophobic. Let’s take a look at some minimalist decor ideas for your tiny space house:
1. Use Floating Nightstands
When you live in a tiny house, every unoccupied square foot of floor space is a godsend.
If you’re currently using a traditional nightstand next to your bed, consider changing it up: A floating nightstand can provide you with the same amount of storage, but it frees up some floor space. Since they’re fastened to the wall, you can put your nightstand virtually anywhere.
2. Frame Windows With Lights
If your tiny house aims to be eco-friendly, then you likely have a number of windows to let in natural light. Instead of using curtains, which can close off a room, try framing the window with a string of white lights.
This will not only brighten up the room, but it also keeps in line with the minimalistic theme. During the day, take advantage of natural lighting, and at night you can turn on your lights to illuminate the room.
To make your home more eco-friendly, you can use lights powered by solar panels. They’ll be able to acquire enough sunlight through the window just in time for sunset.
3. Potted Plants On Each Side Of The Couch
If your couch area is looking a bit sparse, consider accentuating it with large potted plants. By placing one on each side, the eye will naturally draw to the sitting area.
If you’re low on space, try placing smaller potted plants on side tables, one on each side of the coach. Not only do the side tables add much-needed storage space, it makes your home nicer too, with the plants!
4. Use Simple Picture Frames
When hanging photos on your wall, it’s best to use simple picture frames such as plain black or white. This is because bright colors or patterned frames can be distracting.
Another minimalistic approach is to hang pictures in just one corner or section of the wall in a symmetrical formation. This works best if you have a lot of photos you want to hang. Spreading them out would make your tiny house appear much smaller.
5. Dark Bed Sheets
Having a dark comforter and accent pillows will provide a nice contrast against your white painted walls.
The same goes for your couch. If you have a white or light colored sofa, use dark pillows and vice versa. This trick will ensure that your tiny house a unified and has a sensible flow.
6. Paint Your Walls A Light Color
When you think of minimalistic decor, white walls probably come to mind. While white paint certainly works the best, most light colors will work as well.
This new color will immediately attract more natural light to the room and make it seem more significant. This tends to be a goal when you’re living in a tiny house: doing whatever you can to make it feel larger.
7. Skip The Couch
Instead of having a couch, try putting a large chair in a corner. It’s perfect for those living alone, and takes up a lot less space.
If you have the room, you can even consider placing a second chair in the other corner. Since space is so limited in the tiny house community, this decor selection could end up saving you a lot of room. And, you can always keep folding stairs tucked away somewhere if you’re worried about your guests not having a place to sit.
8. Hang A Wall Mirror
Hanging a mirror on the wall, whether it’s small or large, is the perfect minimalist addition. Why?
First of all, a mirror is something you can use regularly anyway. Even better, if it gets placed properly, it will give the illusion that your tiny home is larger than it really is.
The bigger the mirror, the greater the illusion. Understandably, you might not have a lot of wall space in your little house on wheels. This means you’ll likely have to pick and choose which decor items make the cut.
9. Declutter By Adding Storage
Storage is essential in a tiny house. Since there isn’t much space for a closet or dresser, you have to make due with what little room you have. Fortunately, this isn’t very difficult to do.
There are lots of areas in your home where furniture can be optimized to make new storage space. And, you don’t even need to buy new furniture! Instead, look for areas already in your home where you can add storage space without creating clutter.
Start with the biggest pieces of furniture. If you have a regular couch, optimize the space underneath and behind it.
For example, something thin like extra folding chairs or books can find a home in these areas.
And if you’re buying a new couch, choosing one that holds storage and converts into a bed would be ideal. The space underneath your bed should also be optimized. It’s the perfect spot for storing clothes, shoes, and other bulky items.
10. Multi-Functional Furniture
There’s nothing that embraces minimalistic decor more than furniture that provides numerous functions.
In the tiny living community, this kind of minimalism is necessary if you’re going to squeeze all of your belongings into a small space, whether that be a small apartment or tiny house.
The goal is to have storage capabilities in each piece of furniture that takes up floor space, even if it isn’t meant for storage.
For example, instead of a basic coffee table, find one that has built-in bookshelves. Instead of a spare chair, use an ottoman with enough storage space for spare blankets. Choose a couch that converts into a bed, so you don’t need both.
With the popularity of tiny house living growing, the availability of multi-functional furniture has grown exponentially. Even with a small budget, there’s lots that you can do.
The Advantages Of Minimalistic Decor
Now that you have a few minimalistic decor ideas rolling around in your head, you should understand the benefits this would have on your tiny home.
Since the size of your house won’t let you apply all of these ideas, knowing their advantages might help you pick and choose.
Having a minimalistic approach to your decor will keep your home looking neat and clean. Less clutter is not only appealing to the eye, but it’s also known to reduce stress. It’s a win-win!
Your Home Will Look Bigger
When you have such a small space to work with, every trick in the book to make your tiny house feel bigger should be applied. That means less furniture, light-colored walls, and a ton of mirrors. One of the perks of minimalistic decor is that your place will look bigger and you’ll be left with more room for necessities.
It’s a known fact that when you own fewer knickknacks, you won’t have to clean as often. Without having as many things sitting around collecting dirt and dust your home will seem spotless. Not only can you go a few extra days without touching a vacuum, but you’ll find yourself breathing easy. Minimalism is a great way to reduce allergens that can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, and stuffiness.
You’ll Save Money
In line with the tiny house culture, minimalistic decor means you’ll buy fewer things and ultimately save money. Since many people who opt for tiny living are building homes on a budget, this decor option fits in perfectly with that mentality. There’s nothing wrong with saving a bit of cash when the opportunity presents itself!
Whether you’re just starting the building process or your tiny house is already up and running, it’s not too late to focus on minimalism.
The look will give your home a tranquil vibe and make it seem far more spacious than it is. Even if you spend most of your time outdoors, it’s nice to have a clutter-free place to return to.
Don’t wait! Take your tiny house to the next level with these easy to do minimalistic decor ideas and enjoy the benefits now!
About the Author: Rose Burke
Freelance writer and art enthusiast, Rose Burke, often writes humorous essays inspired by awkward dating experiences and life’s cruel sense of humor. When she’s not doing that, she’s typically writing entertainment articles on women’s issues, politics, feminism, and other trending topics her readers love.
Not-so-shockingly, the most noteworthy moment of her childhood occurred at the Scholastic Book Fair where Jon Scieszka signed her very own copy of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and labeled her his “favorite stinker.” Author of the popular feminist blog series Writings of the Satirical Feminista, Rose is currently focusing on a collection of humorous personal essays while she travels the world.