There are so many benefits to living in a smaller home – cheaper to build, more economical to heat, and quicker to clean, for a start. But people often wonder how to make their small space look uncluttered and roomy, and where they’ll put their things. Here are five great tips for styling your tiny home to make it feel bigger and still accommodate your possessions.

Divide the space creatively

Often tiny homes have one living area that combines kitchen, dining and living in an open plan style. An interior design trick is to use furniture and accessories to define the different spaces. A large statement rug is a great way to make the room look bigger and create a focal point for your living area. Corner lounge suites save space and can create a border between the living and dining areas. You can also use low bookcases, cube shelving units, or small tables to separate each space. If you don’t want to use furniture, then colour-zoning is a useful technique that employs paint or wallpaper to create separate visual zones without adding clutter.

Think about how you will move around

When you are placing your furniture, think about how you will move around your home. Which are the most common routes you will take between different areas? Don’t block these routes with furniture that will be frustrating to walk around all the time. It can be hard to imagine the layout by looking at printed floorplans. A good trick is to find a large, clear space and mark out your walls and furniture on the ground with masking tape, giving you a to-scale feel for how everything will work.

Be clever with storage

Having enough space to store your possessions is often the biggest challenge of moving into a smaller home. Look for clever storage opportunities, such as beds with drawers in the base, hollow ottomans, pantry organising racks that increase the amount of available shelf space, and vertical storage solutions such as clips to mount things inside cupboard doors. Don’t forget to make use of the often-forgotten space between the tops of your cabinets and the ceiling, where baskets or cubes can come in handy for items you don’t use every day.

Think about decor

Have you ever wondered why real estate agents turn on all the lights for open homes? The brighter a room, the larger it looks! Achieve this in your tiny home with carefully placed lights and mirrors. Neutral toned rooms trick your eyes into perceiving a space as larger than it really is, so keep your paintwork and furniture light to maximise the feeling of space. Then use accessories and textures to add interest. It might seem counterintuitive to have a large item of furniture in a small home, but often having one large statement piece will look less busy than several smaller things grouped together. Furniture that you can fold up and tuck away is also a great idea – like extra seating for guests.

Declutter before you move

Clearing out your excess stuff is a good habit to get into before any move – there’s no point packing and transporting things you don’t use! But paring down your possessions is even more important when you’re moving to a tiny home. For anything that you don’t absolutely need or love, consider donating or selling it, then using the funds to buy a few beautiful items that you’ll treasure.