Live tiny no matter how big your house is
If you’re in awe of tiny home living but don’t want to give up the square footage of your Denver-area home, here are 15 ways to help you home feel more palatial.
15 tiny home hacks that will maximize the space in your regular-sized home
Give your rooms an illusion of height.
You may not be blessed with high ceilings in your home, but there are a number of ways you can make your rooms feel taller. You don’t have to have a tiny home to do so.
- Install floor-to-ceiling windows or bookshelves. Floor-to-ceiling anything draws your eyes upward and can fool you into believing a room is much taller than reality. Windows let in more natural light, which can also make rooms more spacious. Bookshelves will help maximize your storage space and eliminate clutter around the room.
- Hang your window treatments higher. For those of you not ready for a major remodel, try hanging your window treatments just below the ceiling. This will draw your eyes upward and trick you into thinking your window is bigger than it really is.
- Lower your furniture. You change the scale of the room when you select furniture that sits low to the ground. It gives you the illusion that the ceiling is higher and opens up your views to the outside by removing anything blocking the windows.
- Change out your light fixtures. Eliminate any fixtures that hang down from the ceiling, which can make it feel lower and the room smaller. Instead, try recessed lighting, wall lighting, or lamps.
- Paint the ceiling color down onto the walls. If you opt for a ceiling color that’s not white, consider painting the top 5-6 inches of your walls in the same color. It will make you think you’ve raised your ceiling by a few inches or more. (White is the go-to color for making your rooms feel taller.)
- Use vertical stripes in your room. Vertical stripes draw your eyes upward, giving the illusion of height, especially when they’re on your walls. The bigger the contrast between the stripes—think black and white—the more dramatic the effect.
Maximize your storage.
Nothing makes a home seem smaller than having too much clutter. Eliminate the mess with a place for everything, no tiny home required!
- Use the space under the stairs. Add a closet to store large items like your Christmas tree or extra furniture under the stairs. Or store smaller things in tiny cabinets. Either way, it’s a genius way to save space. We’re not sure why it’s not part of every two-story home design.
- Let your furniture do double duty. Select ottomans and tables that have built-in storage to hide pillows and blankets you can use for extra seating.
- Add storage space between your studs. Instead of adding a cabinet that sticks out from the wall, use the space inside your walls for storing things like toiletries or cleaning supplies. Make sure you check for wiring before making any modifications.
Decorate for space.
Before you knock out any walls to open up your rooms, try these tips that will give you the illusion of a larger, more spacious room.
- Use light colors on the walls and floor. Darker colors may make a room seem cozy. But they can also make it feel smaller. Instead, opt for lighter colors on your walls and floor. They’ll reflect light around the room, which will make it appear bigger. You can try shades of the same color for a monochromatic look.
- Get creative with mirrors. Place a mirror across from the window or behind a table or chest to “double” the size of your room. The mirror serves as a window to an imaginary space beyond it.
- Choose furniture that enhances your space. In a small room, one large statement piece, such as a comfy sofa, makes the space seem bigger by eliminating the clutter of multiple small pieces. Speaking of sofas … pick one that shows offs its legs.
- Use translucent and semi-opaque materials to let light into windowless rooms—perhaps a clear shower curtain or glass bricks in place of a wall in the bathroom.
- Pull your furniture away from the wall. Even just a few inches can make your space look and feel more open.
- Open your home to the outdoors. Use a retractable wall or sliding doors that allows for a smooth transition from your indoor living areas to an outdoor sitting area or dining room.
No matter how you choose to “tiny-fy” your space, you’ll appreciate the results more when you consult with an interior designer or contractor who can help walk you through the process.
Contact Dahl House Design today to discuss ways to make your home look and feel more spacious.