My Little Cottage: Decorating a Tiny Home

How Would You Decorate a Prefab Tiny Home?

Prefab Tiny Houses Gain Traction

Living Small

We have spoken in the past about the recent trend to downsize as a response to both the economic climate, the desire to live mortgage free as well as the genuine concern of many homeowners to leave a smaller ecological footprint.

Tiny houses are they are often known can range in size from 70 to 200 square feet, the size of a small trailer. Some of these homes have been purpose built from salvaged materials or by companies who specialize in building very small homes.

Prefab Tiny Houses Gain Traction

Prefab Tiny Houses Gain Traction, like this one from Tumbleweed Houses

Others have been renovated by their owners from a huge range of buildings or other structures such as stables, garages, old buses and even the parts of an airplane.

Airplane house - Benoit, Mississippi (CC BY-SA 3.0 Richard Apple - Own work via Wikimedia Commons)

Airplane house – Benoit, Mississippi (CC BY-SA 3.0
Richard Apple – Own work via Wikimedia Commons)

Some tiny homes have the added bonus of being mobile and their owners have the luxury of being able to move around their state or even their country with all of their home comforts surrounding them at all times.

Small House, Big Attention

Almost every owner of the tiny homes that have been featured in magazines, blogs and in the media have pointed out that it is crucial that their home has a bright and airy feel to it.  By adding a lot of light to a small home, the home will feel more spacious and less crowded. In some homes, the owners have achieved this by correctly placing large windows and in some cases French doors to let in plenty of natural sunlight. Another great tip for decorating a small space is to decorate using a lot of light colors. Light colors on the walls and floor create an illusion of more space.

Tiny homes are so popular that there are even Pinterest pages dedicated to furnishing and decorating them!

Follow Foy Update’s board Tiny House Interiors and Exteriors on Pinterest.

One of the most important rules to follow when furnishing a small home is to edit. This means an honest look through your belongings and a thorough de-clutter. The less overcrowded your home is and the more emoty surfaces there are, the larger your space will feel.

Mirrors are the classic way to create a larger feel in a small space. A cleverly placed morror will help your room feel twice as big as well as double the available light.

Orlando Mercury Finish from Bassett Mirror

Furnishing a Tiny Home

Aside from making sure that your furniture fits into your small home and is of course proportional to the size of the rooms, it is also useful to purchase or build furniture that can address a number of different functions. Some good example of this include a bed with room for storage underneath,

The Modus Upholstered 3-Piece Lucca Storage Platform Bed

small tables with flaps that open up for company or if you are really short on space a wall mounted table that can double as a bar or even a work station.

Design Trends for Summer

bamboo tropical flowers

bamboo tropical flowers

Although I try and stay away from presenting the latest trends or interior design craze, I found the bright and bold home design trends that are popular this summer to be so beautiful and inspiring that I have decided to share them with all of you!

1. Bringing In the Outdoors

Bringing in the outdoors is always a popular choice due to its natural beauty as well as a thrifty way to enhance your home.

Whereas past years have seen the emergence of bombastic and exotic floral arrangements and dried or artificial flower arrangements, a current trend is to fill your home with small bunches of readily available flowers, these can be dotted all around your home and they are available directly from your own garden or even from your local grocery store.

2. Patterns and Color for the Office and Home

Bold colors and patterns are once again making their comeback, and this summer in particular has seen the enormous popularity of brightly patterned wallpaper.

Digital technology has meant that wallpaper is now available in a plethora of designs and even fabrics.

Add artwork to color your living room.

In addition many people are purchasing a number of bright and stand out pieces of furniture and artwork to add life and color in an otherwise sedate and plainly decorated room.

 

3. The Vintage Look

Along with colorful has the come the vintage and shabby chic trend that has seen many of us spending long Sunday afternoons trawling through flea markets in search of a genuine vintage piece.  Vintage pieces and furniture are the perfect way to create a timeless atmosphere within your home. If you do not have the time or patience to search for original pieces, you can create a similar effect by purchasing vintage looking furniture such as this beautiful vintage style vanity desk and chair.