Small houses have become more and more popular with each passing year. They are great options for those out there that want to build a new home, yet don't wish, for any number of reasons, to make a huge investment in it. Due to the higher cost of living, and the ever increasing lack of space, architects and designers from all around the world have become very diligent when it comes to creating charming and cozy with just a few square meters at their disposal.
With these limitations in place, architects have now started to use styles like minimalism more and more, sometimes only focusing on things that are absolutely needed, and making sure that they're the best that they can be, in order to ensure many more comfortable days to come.
Proving that great things come in small packages, these five mini-homes that you will now see below are perfect examples of how who can have a cozy, comfortable and stylish home, without having to own a mansion.
Taking its cue from the rustic styles of mountain huts, this small home shows off a lot of character and personality. The combination of wood and soft colours achieves a beautiful composition. The elegant textures and deep shades of brown are not dwarfed by the small dimensions of the house, and in fact, they powerfully stand out, giving the whole place a unique feel.
These designers have unlocked the perfect way to balance between materials and coats of paint, managing to find the best combination to provide you with a lovely looking rustic home.
It's always good to have a sense of the property around the home, in this case a rather spacious garden, as it allows you to properly plan the style and colour in detail for both the outside and inside of your home. The house above is a great example of what good planning can lead to. It copies the simple style of its surroundings, and uses some natural materials, such as a wood and slate facade, to properly match the colours and style of the garden.
What's more, the best way to connect a house with its garden is through a good porch. Just like in the picture above, the use of wood as the main material of the porch is the best way to achieve a connection, as both materials are very natural and mix together nicely.
No material says cozy quite like the classic combination of dark wood with a reddish coloured tilled roof. While these elements, when combined, very often create a colonial aesthetic, they can also be very easily modernized and adapted to the trends and styles of today, if you so choose to.
This home looks immaculate, with its white facade and elaborate wooden structure, that supports the tilled roof which covers not only the interior, but also the lovely porch in front of the house. All of this, combined with the large window doors, will make this home the envy of the neighborhood.
One of the great ways of highlighting a home is by using bright and pastel colours, which makes the facade stand out amongst larger buildings. This house also has a lot of green areas, and the leafy green goes well together with the aquamarine exterior of the house, creating a colourful and relaxing area.
Overall, to truly achieve a cheerful home, you don't really need any silly little ornaments in your living room or kitchen. All that is really needed is just the right combination of colours, saving you both money and space.
There is a trick to making small rooms seem bigger, and that is to use white as a background. It will immediately open up the room and turn the place into a canvas of possibility. Luckily the same trick can be applied to the facades of small houses. The white will make them seem cleaner and wide, while also give them a pleasant shine during sunny days.
However, when using a single colour things can become a bit monotonous. Luckily, the house above is a perfect example of how that monotony can be avoided, as it combines different materials, including brick, iron bars and tiles, all of which is carefully done, so that it doesn't come off as too busy or overdone. Finally, the large windows are a great way of inviting plenty of natural light to your home, which will help the interior to expand and, due to its colour, the front door stands out really well. With just a few changes in material, a minimalist home is within your reach.
If you're done with the exterior of your home, but still need a bit of motivation for the interior, this guide will help you with just that, showing you some great ways of how to use dressers and closets in small spaces