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Living Small: The Psychology of Tiny Houses

Making it seem more spacious

While living in a tiny home may feel cozy and comfortable, others might consider the living space cramped and claustrophobic. 


  • To make it seem more spacious, a light colour on the walls, like light sage green, can make a room seem larger and more relaxing.
  • Maximising natural light will improve a person's mood while wood grains will have a calming influence. 
  • Ensure to add sound-absorbing surfaces, such as rugs or curtains.
  • Curvy patterns in towels or a rug on the floor can also feel comforting.
  • Keep the space not to complex visually by tucking things out of view.

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