Tiny home design competition: Secrets of layout and interior design


Planner 5D, an interior design platform, recently organised a tiny house design competition, looking for the best small space solutions that would blend aesthetics with functionality. The winner - pictured below in an interactive lookarount - presented what they call "a creative solution not only for the interior design, but also for the exterior, creating a balanced contrast between furniture and surroundings, dividing the space into two floors."

Planner 5D suggests these tips when working on a tiny house design:

1. Be wary of stark contrasts. It’s advisable to use monotone materials, choosing a principal color, as opposed to a mixture of colorful textures. This way the room will look bigger and not so overcrowded. The same goes for the walls - the lighter the walls, the bigger the space will look. Darker colors swallow the light and the house might look smaller than it actually is.

2. Pay extra attention to lighting. Daytime light, as well as lighting during the night are very important to the interiors. It’s important not only to select a beautiful light fixture to match the interior design, but to choose an appropriate size and brightness.

3. Be inventive with storage spaces. For example, a kitchen countertop can serve for eating, but can be folded when dinner is over. It’s important to acquire furniture that can be put away or folded when it’s not used. It’s also smart to take advantage of every extra space available, such as under-the-bed storage boxes.

4. Choose the right amount of decor details. Some competition participants tried to squeeze in as many things as possible, but this is not always the best solution, because the overall aesthetics suffers, and it is not clear what is the focal point of the room. However, it’s not advisable to go overly minimalistic either, as the decor can look unfinished.

5. Consider including a staircase. Staircase can be a very functional way to gain more space, and can also become a centerpiece of the house. For example, in the Planner 5D competition, the winner created a staircase that became a storage space, decorative element and a centerpiece that helps save more space.

6. Be creative. Small spaces require more creativity, where original ideas can have a huge aesthetic or functional payoff. It could be a fireplace or a stairwell, as long as it enhances the tiny space decor and/or serves a function or two.

7. Safety win-win. When a tiny home is divided into two floors, it’s important to make it safe, especially for children. It’s crucial to use a stair rail, to cover the sharp corners of the stairs and make sure the space is generally safety-friendly.

For more information about the winner’s project, please visit the competition page.

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