Big Dreams On a Budget: Here’s How to Make That Small House Into Your Dream Home

Does your current small house meet your expectations, but you still find yourself pining for your dream home? Believe it or not, you can turn your small house into the home of your dreams. Your home is a reflection of who you are, and you don’t have to limit your dream because of your small space.

If you want to transform your small home into the home of your dreams, keep reading to learn how.

Study Your Living Habits

Dedicate a whole day to tracking down the time you spend in each room. Map out how you use your house and figure out what you value most about your home’s current layout. Also, look for changes you could make to the layout to make it better. Mapping out your house (and how you want to use it) gives you a better idea of where you want to prioritize your budget. Doing this will also help you know which parts of your small home you feel you can spend less money.

For example, you may realize you don’t cook as often as you do, so you don’t need to go all out when renovating your kitchen. Or you may feel that you may want to spend more of your time in cooking and want a kitchen that makes this goal possible.

Remember to ask yourself, “What activities are most important to you and your family?” and go from there.

Color Appeal

Use light-colored neutrals like a soft white, light gray, or barely beige to create the perfect backdrop for almost any color scheme of your choosing. Light colors also make a small house feel more spacious and bright. If you have any low ceilings, paint them two or three shades lighter than the existing wall color to increase their visual height.

Add fun elements to your home’s exterior to increase its curb appeal. Add some window boxes, modern lighting, oversized house numbers, or even a new mailbox.

Something as simple as a bold paint color for your front door can update the look of your home.

Transform Your Space

When it comes to increasing a small house’s available living space, it helps to get a little bit creative. Transform an unfinished basement or attic into an extra bedroom for guests, your dream home office, or a play area for your children. Tear down non-load-bearing walls in between areas like your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Removing these walls will help open up your space and give you that coveted airy open-concept floor plan.

Note that you may need to get a home remodeling expert’s help with this part.

Brighten and lighten a small house with a natural source of light by adding a skylight, French doors, or additional windows. This will give your small house a “big house” feel without breaking the bank and physically increasing its size.

Light Up Your Space

Speaking of affordable ways to transform your space, let’s talk about lighting. There are endless options for affordable and varied lighting. So it’s time to say goodbye to basic and boring fixtures. With a vast amount of affordable lights on the market, you can have a room looking like a brand new space in under an hour just by swapping out an old light fixture.

Switch out your light bulbs as well if you want to go one step further and add some ambiance. Look for bulbs labeled “warm white.”

Warm white light mimics the natural sunlight from the afternoon sun and promotes relaxation. We also all look better in warm white light.

Swap Out Your Fixtures

Swapping out small fixtures like hardware/doorknobs is an easy and budget-friendly way to change the look of your home. They may seem small compared to big renovations, but it makes a huge impact. Find fixtures like doorknobs, handles, hinges, outlet covers, faucets, and other hardware in styles and finishes you love and swap out your old and outdated ones.

As the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

Get the Most Use Out of Your Space

Invest in furniture pieces with more than one function. Look for couches that convert into a bed for extra guests, an ottoman with hidden storage space, or any other multi-use furniture that saves space in a tiny home. Many small homes have plenty of empty space for storage. This extra storage space is hidden underneath beds and furniture, in the top parts of closets, and inside our cupboards.

Get the most use out of your small space by maximizing the use of every nook and cranny of your home. Invest in storage solution pieces like bins to keep things under your bed or a lazy susan for the inside of your cupboards to avoid items never seeing the light of day.

Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor decks, patios, and covered porches help expand your small house’s living space to the outdoors.

Add some weather-resistant furniture for comfort, a barbecue grill or fire pit for entertainment, or large pots of colorful flowers for aesthetic appeal.

If you have some room to splurge, create a backyard oasis for your dream house with a small inground pool or hot tub.

Add Art

Art doesn’t have to be an afterthought. Hanging up beautiful pieces of art is something you can easily do now to help you transform your small home.

Art is easy to both place and move. If you decide to change things up in the future, all you need is a little spackle for the tiny hole and a dab of paint.

Go Green

Add plants to any room in your small house for a touch of natural beauty. Plants are fresh and pretty to look at, and they transform and brighten up any space.

Plants are also known to improve the air quality of any room and help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Use tension rods throughout your home to help get your foliage off of tabletops, counters, and other valuable areas for storage.

A great way to add greenery to a small house is to grow plants you can eat. Consider adding a wall-mounted herb garden for some edible and natural beauty in your home.

Small House, Big Dreams

Your home is a reflection of who you are, and you don’t have to limit your dream because of your small house.

We hope you found this guide helpful. If you did, check out our interiors page for more articles on all things interior design.

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