Coloring Inside The Box — 5 Tips For Painting Your New “Tiny House”

When designing your "tiny home," you will be making a lot of important decisions. And by its very small nature, there's not a lot of room for error when it comes to building and decorating a tiny home. Paint can be one of the biggest — but least planned — aspects of tiny home preparation. To help you make the right decisions, here's a 5 step guide to painting your new tiny house.

Know That Light Colors Add Size. If you're trying to make your tiny home seem larger (and what tiny home owner isn't?), try using a lighter or neutral color palette as a base. Lighter colors — especially ones with warm undertones — tend to add visual dimension to any small space and make it feel more airy. It doesn't all need to be the same neutral color, though. You can use shades of colors, such as lighter and darker beige or pink shades, to accent trim, paint the ceiling, and differentiate between zones.

Decide Between Gloss vs Matte. Moisture can be a problem in a tiny house because of how confined it is, so you should choose a moisture-resistant paint. You may want to choose a "bathroom paint" that's designed to deal with humidity, or you can go with a glossy paint instead (which tend to protect better than matte). However, glosses can be off-putting visually, so experiment a little before you decide on a particular level of glossiness. 

Avoid Chemicals. Aside from the fumes of a fresh coat of paint, few people think about the chemicals that are in most paints. And, while they may not be a problem in a regular size home, these chemicals and toxins can cause problems for someone living in a "tiny house" over time. For this reason, be sure to choose paints that have no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). 

Create Focal Points. Just because you are using a more neutral base color scheme doesn't mean you shouldn't add some color pops. A bold accent color — such as purple, red, rose, or earthy green — followed through with some other decorative accents like pillows or a rug can tie a room together nicely and give the eye somewhere to focus on. 

Use Perspective. There are a few painting tricks that can help open a room up, as well. For example, painting the foreground area (such as an entrance) a lighter color and then using a darker color in the background can make the visitor feel like the background is farther away. Stripes are a good painting trick, too. Vertical stripes tend to make a space feel taller, whereas horizontal stripes often make it feel wider. 

By choosing the right paint and the right color scheme, you can help make your tiny home a larger space in which to live, laugh, and love for years to come. For more information, contact local professionals like APC Services of New England.