You already know the many benefits of tiny homes. Tiny homes are affordable, minimalistic, easy to maintain, and eco-friendly. But can something so small relative to a standard home still make a big and bold statement? Absolutely! Here are eight ways to make your tiny home stand out.
Give it Color
With a tiny home, tradition flies out the window! Unlike with a standard-sized home, you don’t have to follow convention when it comes to choosing exterior colors. Tiny homes give you a lot more leeway with color choices. Feel free to go bold or bright. Nothing is off limits here! Bright blues, rich greens, cheerful yellows, and even fun shades of pink and purple can really make your tiny home pop. Pour all of your personality into your paint color and have fun with it. One nice thing about a tiny house—if you get tired of the exterior color, it is quick and relatively cheap to change it up.
Play With the Window and Door Design
Windows and doors are a great way to add some depth and personality to your home. You have a lot of choices in your window design. A projecting bay window creates depth and adds sophistication to your home. Large picture windows make tiny homes appear bigger, in addition to offering magical views. Awning windows are popular choices for the sleeping loft. Transom windows are an excellent source of natural lighting and ventilation. Your front door is also a great place to add some style. Every front door should be centralized, attractive, and welcoming. Choosing an ornate or brightly colored door will create a homey and inviting ambience. Popular sliding barn doors save space and allow the living space to double as an open-air seating area. And vintage screen doors offer an old-fashioned feel.
Use Unique Materials
Once again, with a tiny home you are not limited to a few standard building materials. You have the flexibility to push design boundaries and explore unique textures and hues. Reclaimed wood is a fun, green option. You can always go for mismatched wooden siding or utilize eco-friendly bamboo or even steel. Many tiny houses feature repurposed materials in fun and creative ways, such as one tiny home that boasts a front terrace made entirely from recycled soda bottles. Once you know the general feeling and design style you want to incorporate, choose unique materials from a variety of sources that will help foster that style.
Hardscape Your Yard
Hardscape elements can expand upon your available living space. A paved driveway and patio will provide parking, an outdoor seating area, and will help your tiny home stay cleaner. Paved walkways are a fun way to show off your gardens and nearby natural flora. Consider using concrete to pave your hardscape, as opposed to asphalt. Asphalt paving has higher maintenance costs than concrete paving. It is also more attractive, blending more easily with the natural beauties surrounding your home.
A tiny home is the perfect centerpiece for a highly landscaped yard. Because the house is so little, the yard can take center stage. Plant large trees, varying heights of shrubbery, flowers, and ornamental grasses. Include window boxes, raised beds, and decorative pots. Running water features promote calm and relaxation. A well-manicured landscape helps tiny houses look more purposeful and substantial. It increases curb appeal and provides a soothing, peaceful environment to spend time in. As you consider your landscaping, find ways to incorporate extra living space. An outdoor kitchen will allow you to own a tiny home and still entertain. A built-in fireplace will be the perfect gathering place on cool, fall evenings. A shaded seating area will call to you on warm, summer days. And a well-placed hammock might become the best napping spot on the property!
Add Outdoor Lighting
Accent lighting will give your tiny house the spotlight it deserves. String lights are growing in popularity, and there are many varieties, including solar powered versions. Pathway lights will highlight your garden and create a safe walkway at night. Fence lights are great for illuminating exterior walls and patios as well as fencing. Solar table lights look like festive lanterns and create a vintage look wherever they are placed. Solar lanterns are a great way to add an artistic element to your outdoor décor. Ground lights are bright, trip-free accent lights that lie flat to the ground, and they come with solar options. Finally, consider placing a few spotlights to shine on your house and larger trees.
Maximize on Trim
This is especially important if you have chosen a stained wood exterior. While you want your tiny home to fit in with the environment around it, you don’t want it to disappear altogether. Choosing a highly contrasting trim color will keep this from happening. For example, popular trim colors on lightly stained tiny homes are black and dark blues, greens, and reds. For a darkly stained wood color, choose a light trim. You can’t go wrong with white for dark homes. If you match the trim around the door and windows to your roof, the contrasting colors will catch the eye of passersby and really stand out.
Remember, the Inside Matters
With a tiny home where windows make up a large part of the wall space, the inside will reflect on the outside. If the inside is tight and cluttered, that will show through and affect how your home looks on the outside. However, a well-designed and functional indoor space will also reflect on the exterior. Remember, your windows are like frames that surround a picture, the picture being whatever is inside. Choose attractive window treatments and make the spaces immediately in front of the windows look nice.
A small house can still make a big impact. What you sacrifice in space, you can more than make up for in functionality and design. With a few careful selections, your tiny home can be as beautiful and inviting on the outside as it is on the inside.
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