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5 Decoration Ideas to Help You Fall in Love with Your Tiny House

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This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s spring editorial intern Megan Pavek. Find her on Instagram at @megan.pavek. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at

Tiny houses defy America’s long internalized mantra of “the bigger the better” and can show us how to live a simpler, happier life. Through a call to action; to declutter, place less value on materials, save money, and spend more time in nature. However, just because you want to downsize doesn’t mean you must also skimp on style. How you decorate small interior spaces is critical to avoid feeling cramped. Here are some of our favorite tiny house decoration ideas that are easy to incorporate and can make your space feel more open.

Floating Shelves

Since you have less floor space to work with in a tiny home, it’s critical to utilize as much wall space as possible. Floating shelves are typically cheaper than a full shelf as well- so it’s a win-win! While you can’t go wrong with the classic floating shelf, if you’re looking for something to make your space more unique we recommend checking out a floating wine shelf or mug rack. There are also great options for hanging pots and pans, or hanging drying racks to help save counter and cabinet space.

Light & Neutral Color Palettes

Interior design 101: if you’re trying to make a space feel lighter or more open, ditch the dark color schemes. Neutral colors help reflect light and make it easier to decorate your home as you can change the accent pieces whenever you want or depending on the season. Neutral colors also go well with everything so you won’t have to worry about repainting walls or trim.

Statement Pieces

To stay consistent with the neutral-based color palette and size constraints, allow yourself one or two statement pieces to add more personality to your space. Whether it’s a bright-colored rug, a piece of furniture, one large art piece, or a little wallpaper- this is the time to let your creativity shine and have fun with it! We personally love funky-shaped mirrors, shag carpets, and large abstract artwork.

Dual Purpose Furniture

Dual-purpose or multi-functional furniture is also a must when downsizing! Simple solutions include a murphy bed, pullout couch, or under-bed storage that can double as a night side table. All of these can help your space be more functional without clutter. If you have a loft or small upstairs area, staircase storage is a must!

We’re currently obsessed with this 3 in 1 table, desk, and vanity! The simple design, materials, and color make it a perfect addition to the list of tiny home decoration ideas. While it’s on the more expensive side, this versatile piece of furniture may be worth the investment.

Natural Light

This last idea is more involved with the structure and exterior side of things, but is a must when it comes to tiny house living! Bringing in as much natural light as possible is essential, and will work together with your neutral color palette to open up the space. More specifically, skylights are the ideal choice because they still offer some privacy and add more unique character to your home! More options for the best skylights and additional information can be found here.

If you’re looking for more decoration inspiration, we recommend visiting your local Ikea for other ideas. Ikea has always been skilled at appropriately styling small spaces, and its products align well with the tiny home lifestyle! Especially when it comes to functional and chic storage options, you can’t go wrong!

Whether you own a tiny home, rent a small apartment or are simply looking to downsize in general, smaller living is the reality for many people. This doesn’t mean you have to be deprived of a well-styled home, and we hope this article gave you some realistic ideas on how to decorate more efficiently and work with what you have.

Do you own a tiny home or are you downsizing? Have any tips for smaller living or decorating small spaces? Let us know in the comments below!

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