Any time you find yourself wishing your home was just 20 feet bigger, take a look at the tiny houses on Instagram. These spaces only have a few hundred square feet to work with, yet they’re full of inspiring design ideas. Incorporate a few of these creative ideas into your home to make your space feel bigger and look amazing.

From weekend projects—like installing a sliding barn door—to simple ways to maximize your walls, these tiny home decorating ideas ideas deliver big style in small spaces.

Install a Sliding Door

This adorable tiny home created by Handcrafted Movement is full of genius decor ideas, but the one that truly caught our eye is the sliding barn door. Not only does it add farmhouse-inspired charm to the space, but because it doesn’t swing out, it saves valuable living space and lets the homeowners arrange furniture closer to the door. This tiny home inspires us to add barn doors to every room in our homes.

Use the Corners

In a tiny home, even the corners of the room are an opportunity to add more storage and decorative details. In this debut house by Habeo Tiny Homes, corner shelves hold books, flameless candles, and knick-knacks. If you love collecting decorative accents but don’t want them cluttering up your coffee table and TV console, adding corner shelves (like these from Etsy) is the perfect solution. You’ll gain extra space to display your collections while taking advantage of an underutilized area.

Bring on the Bench Seating

Browse through the tiny homes of Instagram and you’ll notice some common features, like cozy bench seating, as shown in this home from Aussie Tiny Houses on Tiny Living. Benches use space more efficiently than individual armchairs, and they get bonus points when they have hidden storage underneath. Consider adding a storage bench (and don’t forget the comfy throw blankets and pillows) to your entryway, living room, or kitchen.

Set the Bar

Similar to how benches maximize seating space, bar tops maximize the eating area. In this home from Tiny House Basics, a live-edge wooden slab adds visual interest and texture and provides space for several people to eat. If you think you don’t have room for a dining nook in your kitchen, consider installing a bar top with slender bar stools that can tuck underneath. Wish you had room for a home office in your living room? Think about installing a bar top instead of a desk.

Let the Walls Do the Talking

When space is tight, it can be difficult to fit in décor that shows your personality. To keep the room clutter-free, use wall space to express yourself. In the tiny home shown above by New Frontier Tiny Homes, featured on Tiny House Movement, the walls hold quirky art and eye-catching hanging planters. To infuse your home with style—without sacrificing floor or shelf space—adorn the walls with art you love, houseplants, and meaningful messages.

Aim High for Storage

Rather than storing your accessories on a rack, nail hooks to a wall (above a window) for easy hat storage. In this space, also by Tiny House Basics, several hats form a border above the window, staying out of the way while still retaining their shape.

Try Loft Living

This space, as seen on Tiny House Nation, feels light, bright, and airy—and that’s due in large part to the loft living area. Here, the bedroom is on ground level while an added loft above houses a comfortable pair of chairs and a fur rug. Creating zones within a tiny home allows for more free movement.

Mix Materials

When you’re living in what is essentially one big room, you can carve out spaces by mixing materials. In this tiny home, as featured on Tiny House Pics, the kitchen utilizes a black ceramic tile, which contrasts from the white shiplap used elsewhere in the space. The result makes the space feel larger and makes it appear as if the kitchen is in its own dedicated room.

Go Floor-to-Ceiling With Cabinetry

When it comes to decorating a tiny home, making the best use of the space is key. In this kitchen, designed by Fritz Tiny Homes, cabinetry is paneled in wood and spans floor to ceiling. The result is a spacious but still minimal feel, in which all of the appliances are easily accessible.

Make Use of the Great Outdoors

It’s important to think beyond a home’s walls, whether it’s tiny or not. One prime example is this tiny home, designed by Uber Tiny Homes. Here, design isn’t relegated to the interior. An expansive porch area serves as an outdoor living room, providing ample space in which to relax.


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