Tiny homes have been gaining popularity for years now. Many people have embraced tiny home living as a welcome reprieve from the work and cost of keeping up on a larger structure.
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However, when you have so much less space to work with, it can be hard to plan beyond the basic functionality of your home. Things like proper decor and atmosphere start to sound like the unattainable luxuries reserved for the owners of bigger homes.
Except, that’s not really true. Tiny homeowners may have to work within a restricted space, but that’s hardly a disqualifying condition. In fact, when the limited space is treated as a creative challenge, rather than an inhibitor, it opens up the doors to a variety of different decorative options.
Here are a handful of the simplest ways that you can go about making your tiny home feel comfy, cozy, and utterly relaxing, regardless of the amount of space that you’re working with.
Control the Lighting
Lighting is a critical aspect of a room’s environment — in this case, a tiny home. Bright, natural light will make a space feel larger. Darkness with warm pockets of light will make an area feel smaller, yet still inviting.
If you’re going for a relaxing vibe, it’s wise to set your tiny home up to embrace several different lighting options. For instance, you can:
- Use warm white light bulbs to bring a yellowy warmth to your living space.
- Hang blackout curtains so that you can control how much natural light you are and aren’t allowing into a room.
- Use candles to increase the lighting relaxation factor.
As an added recommendation, you can also use candles with relaxing scents such as lavender or chamomile for aromatherapy. You can even splurge on candles with CBD oil in them in order to tap into the calming effects that CBD oil offers.
Control the Climate
If you want to feel comfortable, it’s important to avoid an excessively hot or cold home. When you’re sleeping, the best temperature is typically between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, that doesn’t account for when you’re awake. Comfortable waking temperatures tend to fluctuate more significantly depending on individual preference.
Either way, if you want to embrace a relaxing atmosphere, it’s essential that you take control over the climate of your home. Install a good AC unit or a tiny-home-friendly ceiling fan for warmer weather. You’ll also want those blackout curtains for hot sunny days.
When cold weather rolls around, make sure that you’ve properly insulated your home and have blocked up any drafts. You may even want to invest in a smart thermostat to maintain the climate for you regardless of the current temperature outside.
Choose Your Colors Wisely
The overall look and feel of your home environment can have a significant impact on your mental health. In other words, something as simple as the color of your wallpaper or the hue of your couch can significantly impact the relaxation (or lack thereof) in your tiny home.
With that in mind, if you want to relax, look for cozy, comforting colors. Reds, yellows, and oranges are classically warm colors, while purples, greens, and blues inspire calmness and serenity. From paint to floors, furniture to decor, make sure to choose relaxing colors whenever possible.
Stay Neat and Tidy
One of the simplest (and most affordable) ways to encourage relaxation in your tiny home is by keeping it clean, neat, and tidy. There are many different reasons that messes can stress you out, and taking the time to clean up on a regular basis can go a long way towards establishing peace on the home front.
You may even want to go the extra step and regularly schedule in decluttering time. Rather than simply cleaning and neatening, go through your possessions with a minimalist fine-tooth comb and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or serve another purpose.
Candles were already brought up as a way to utilize the olfactory senses, but they’re not the only option. You can also use an essential oil diffuser — oils like valerian, jasmine, and even sweet basil are well known for their relaxing properties — to help promote relaxation.
Opening a window can also let in fresh, clean air. If you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone, you can even use an essential oil bath bomb to unwind in the tub and fill your place with a nice aroma. Just make sure that the bomb doesn’t clog your tiny house drain.
Surround Your Home with Comfort
Finally, you may have limited space inside but you can always utilize the outside as well. There are many ways to set up the exterior of your home in order to promote relaxation. Keeping a neat and tidy porch, landscaping, and including mood lighting can help to keep things calm.
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can even add a wood-fired hot tub into the mix. The combination of the natural wood fire, the clean outdoor air, and the warm water can be incredibly relaxing.
Finding a Tiny Bit of Relaxation
From pleasant smells to gentle lights, decluttered spaces to a pristine climate, there are plenty of small-yet-effective ways to make your tiny home a relaxation hot spot. The real challenge is choosing which of the above items fits your own unique style best.
Fortunately, that’s where the creativity and fun really kick into gear. Happy decorating!