by Rose Burke
The tiny house community is all about building a home on a budget, but when it comes to decor, you might not know where to start. Since you’re working with such a small space, the key is to ensure that anything you add doesn’t create clutter. Each piece should have a purpose, whether it be added storage or to create the illusion of a bigger room. Many tiny house owners choose to decorate with small furnishings made of recycled materials, as the movement is more in tune with the environment. If you’re feeling lost, here are a few budget-friendly decor tips for your tiny house to get you started.
Glass Cabinet Doors
When you live in a small space, having ample storage is key. To save floor space, a smart tiny house storage idea is to hang cabinets. While they’re a great storage solution, cabinets can sometimes close off a room and make it appear smaller. That’s the last thing you want when you’re only working with 700 square feet or so. Instead, use glass cabinet doors to give the illusion of more space. Repurpose old window panes by adding hinges and knobs, and you’ll pay practically nothing!
Whether you have drawers, cabinets, or a small dresser with knobs, changing them out can completely alter the appearance of your home. Go with something more funky and colorful to contrast against the piece, or go classy with something gold. If the knobs you already have are wood, you can get this look with just a little paint. Don’t be afraid to use bold colors!
Repurposed Containers For Decorative Light Fixtures
Light fixtures can be pretty pricey, even when they’re secondhand. Instead, use some funky containers you have lying around or spot at a thrift store. If you have pendant lights in your tiny home similar to those pictured above, you’ll only need to cut a small hole in the container to pull off this look. It works with any budget, and you’ll have the freedom to create any look you want.
Adding accents of color around your house is the easiest way to brighten it up a bit. There are infinite ways to do this. If you’re looking to steer clear from any DIY projects, you can achieve this look by adding some bright throw pillows to your couch or living room chairs. Another simple tip is to hang thick, brightly colored picture frames on the walls. You can add one bold shade or use every color in the rainbow. It all depends on what kind of style you want your tiny house to have. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, add color to your door frames, wall trim, or an accent piece of wood furniture with a little paint. Small tables and chairs tend to work the best.
Transform Old Chairs
If you have any outdoor or accent chairs, rather than replace them, you can transform them with slipcovers. A unique idea that won’t cost very much is to hang table runners vertically along the chair to add a bit of flare. Not only will this completely change the look of any old chairs you have, but table runners tend to be cheaper than slipcovers. Another perk is that this will help to keep the furniture looking clean and can be washed easily.
Working with a budget certainly doesn’t mean your decor needs to suffer. If you’ve built your tiny house yourself, then you already know how to repurpose old items and where to find recycled materials. With a little bit of inspiration and some helpful decor tips, you’ll see that there are many budget-friendly options to renew your home. Now all you have to do is get started!