Apartment dwellers are used to thinking inside the box when it comes to interior design to maximise their space and now there’s a groundswell of enthusiasts for tiny houses (not Lego!) with similar issues to address.
The Tiny house movement is changing the way many people live. A tiny house – rarely exceeding 500 square ft (46 sq m) – saves a lot of unnecessary costs, whether it’s maintenance, heating, building or repair expenses. Popular furniture manufacturers, such as IKEA, are taking a plunge into “small living” idea, even taking inspiration from NASA.
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However, one of the trickiest parts when it comes to making tiny house livable is solving the puzzle of layout and interior design. Most of the furniture has to be multi-functional, and design has to be very well-though-of, using the right colors, textures and shades.
Planner 5D, an interior design platform, has recently organized a tiny house design competition, looking for the best small space solutions that would blend aesthetics with functionality.
The winner presented a creative solution not only for the interior design, but also for the exterior, creating a balanced contrast between furniture and surroundings.
The key to success was a thorough analysis of a small space in order to find place for each piece of furniture, but also to ensure the overall functionality. Furniture, decor and lighting – they all match together and complement each other.
The designer of the project chose to divide the space into two floors, to use a couple of colors and to install a staircase.
A fireplace was another interesting solution – as fireplaces are usually more common in bigger spaces; but in this case, taking a risk paid off, as the fireplace contributes to the uniqueness of the home.
Now turn to page 2 for seven big ideas for making the most of a small space. And for more information about the winning project, visit the competition page