ASK THE DESIGNER- Small Home Design; 16 Bloggers Tell All

Ask The Designer: SMALL HOME DESIGN TIPS AND TRICKS, 16 Bloggers Tell All

SMALL HOME DESIGN TIPS AND TRICKS, from our very owner Tiny House Resident? I think so! This weeks Ask The Designer featured Question comes from: Susan Kuc @ Tiny House Giant Life

Hey Susan I think you are the expert since you have a cute Tiny House! What are your SMALL HOME DESIGN TIPS AND TRICKS?

 SUSAN- After 7 years of small home living we have tried just about everything! Here are my SMALL HOME DESIGN TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Think about storage pieces, but remember to compromise some storage space for beauty. We used to buy huge chunky storage furniture and it always felt so crowded in our home. Now, I pick pieces with some storage that have feet and some open space underneath. It makes everything seem a bit smaller and lighter when you can see the floor underneath.
  2.  My favorite answers is from Emy Flint “be ruthless about what comes into your house“, YES! YES! This can be very difficult with children and family and friends that want to purchase presents for children. You have to keep in mind that even if you have all the things, it will be no fun without room to use them. Outsiders won’t always understand (especially if they have more room than you), but you make the house rules and ultimately decide what makes the family happier : all the stuff with no place to really live, or limited stuff that is used and loved with room to interact as a family. Which sounds better for your family?
  3. Have a home for everything, and do a quick pick up every night. We are still slowly working on having a home for everything in the house, but when I created a pantry in our mudroom and reviewed where everything was with the hubby, it made a drastic change in the clutter of the household (and questions asking me where things were).
  4. Everything doesn’t need to be in the exact room its used, sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Our China is actually store in the dresser located in our entry. If I  tried to store in in the dining where it is used, another storage piece would have overwhelmed the room and then entertaining would be no fun.


My Answer: 

To get proper form and function you must first decide what the room will be used for. Some areas have to pull double duty, example office/guest room. Once you clearly determine the room use the design form will come easily. Never over crowd a room that is the first way to ruin good design. Give the space proper lighting for the tasks to be done. Lightening plays such a large role in design, not only can it be attractive it will set the tone of the room, example: ambient lighting used for a guest room, but task lighting needed in the office. Also feel free to creative when square footage is in short supply maybe you use a Murphy bed where the back could double as a bookcase, or you could build a desk for your home office inside a closet and remove the door.


For more small home tips from myself and our 15 expert bloggers, be sure to check out the link below:

Susan Kuc Small Home Design; 16 Bloggers Tell All


Jessica Devlin Expert Bloggers Top Home Decorating Ideas

Sam Hay Expert Bloggers 16 Best Decorating Tips

Susanne Stewart Decorating on a Budget, 16 Design Bloggers Tell You How

Sarah Foote Making those Teeny-Tiny Spaces Look & Feel Larger; 16 Bloggers Share their Best Advice

Pam List Expert Bloggers Top 3 Decorating Items

Sam Franklin Home Decor Style & Trends; Design Experts Favorites

Susan Kuc Small Home Design; 16 Bloggers Tell All

Yami Platero How to Keep a Stylish and Organized Home with Small Children

Nicole Corr Design Experts Tell Us What Their Dream Outside Relaxation Space Looks Like

Emy Flint How 16 Bloggers Use Color In Their Homes

Jennifer Gainer Ask the Designer-What is Your Style?

Christy Harper Grey Paint Colors – Top Bloggers Favorites

Tina Bousu Top Tips for Decorating Tough Spaces from Expert Bloggers

Kimm Boes Ask the Experts:Favorite Paint Colors for Furniture

Liz Elliott Design Bloggers Top Design Tips


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