Microdwellings are readily gaining popularity throughout the states. However, our American taste for vast space has spawned planned communities with 3,000 sq ft homes on large lots, McMansions in suburban subdivisions and a thirst for more garage space, storage space and in essence, stuff.
So, let’s face it. Although microdwellings are on the rise, the process to downsize from several thousand square feet to 600 to 1,000 sq. feet bodes some serious consideration. What will you keep? How can you have great style in such a small space? How does your day-to-day life function? My biggest question, where am I going to store all of my shoes? Answering these types of questions require a clear, intentional plan.
It can be done. From personal experience in choosing to downsize to researching hundreds of microdwellings, you can live in less space and with less than you might first think. In my recent Big Style ~ Small Space presentation, I shared the following tips for planning your smaller space for functionality while retaining your personal style:
A change is physical dimensions requires a different set of objects with multiple functions. My tips include:
- Reduce the size of furniture in relation to the scale of the space.
- Select multi-functional pieces like nesting tables, ottomans that serve as tables and convertible furniture that can adjust to your needs as necessary.
- Pop up furniture (my term), like the blue chair below, is crafted by an Amsterdam firm and provides sturdy support with gorgeous contemporary lines and is easy to assemble and stack.
- Incorporate lucite furniture to add what you need with no visual weight. Tables, chairs and desks in lucite are fantastic solutions for room and style. The Kartell Ghost Chair is one of my absolute favs.
- Break the rules! Traditionally, living rooms feature a sofa, loveseat, a few chairs and tables. You can have chairs vs. sofas; loveseats vs. couches. Think differently and try new options.
- There is a resurging interest and need for murphy beds. The new ones are smart and clever such as the one below that serves multiple functions within a space maximizing every square inch.
Mirrors and reflective surfaces such as lacquers are two great secrets to adding more light and thus the illusion of space to any room in any size of home. The example below makes this mirror area a focal point. It could hide a Murphy bed or serve as a storage or wardrobe unit. Oversized mirrors such as the image below are perfectly fine in a small space. Try bold looks.
Use your wall space and functional space like stairs for storage and to add design details that won’t work on the floor of your space. And, for any home, there are many beautiful and creative ways to hide your junk in plain sight by making the storage boxes a part of your décor. You can add them to a dresser, console, desk or shelf. You can consider hanging baskets as art and storage as well.
These tips are just a few ways to individualize your microdwelling interiors.The exciting thing about microdwellings is that once you define your style and space functionality, the existing and customized design solutions make the process very, very fun.