If you’re a fan of small home design and you have spent some time browsing through small home designs on social media or design blogs you know that smaller homes can make a decorative punch and still have the function that homeowners need. When you are choosing design elements for a small house you need to find a balance of form and function. Of course you want design elements that look great, but they also need to function well and allow for a seamless flow in the home. Many homeowners find that having a small house allows them to use high end design elements and finishes that wouldn’t be cost effective for a larger home. It’s also smart to find well designed pieces that can do double duty to help eliminate clutter. Here are few innovative ways that the owners of small homes can bring style and function to their homes:
Changing The Siding
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If you want to create a dramatic change in the appearance of your small house changing the siding of the home is a great way to totally transform the look of your house. There are lots of innovative new choices when it comes to house siding. One of the most popular choices when it comes to new house siding is fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding gives homes the gorgeous look of natural wood but is much more durable. It comes in a range of gorgeous colors that will let you really customize the look of your home. And it’s very durable and will last for a long time with just basic maintenance. Fiber cement siding is a sustainably produced product too, which is important to homeowners that want to maintain a smaller carbon footprint.
Real wood siding is also a good option for smaller homes. Wood siding does require more maintenance than other types of siding but if you want to give your home a vintage look or if you want to be able to totally customize the look of your small home wood siding might be the best option for you. Wood siding allows homeowners to be a little more creative with the exterior look of the home because wood siding is easy to paint and it’s easy to change if you decide to change it later on. But just know that if you choose wood siding painting or staining often and other maintenance will be required to keep your wood siding looking great.
Adding Natural Stone Accents
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In a small home the fireplace is a huge focal point. You can transform the look of your fireplace and give the space a more indoor/outdoor feel by installing a stone veneer fireplace that will change the look of the fireplace and act as a focal point in the room. Light colored stone veneer fireplaces will make smaller rooms look more open and larger. Darker stone veneer fireplaces will make a small house seem cozy and warm, especially when paired with dark flooring. Stone veneer can be installed over an existing fireplace in just a weekend and it will completely change the look and feel of the room.
Add Some Green
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Bringing the outdoors in is a fantastic way to make a small home look chic and feel bright and airy instead of cramped. One way to do that is with some live plants. Another way to do that is to use bamboo panels. Bamboo panels are eco-friendly and add an elegant natural touch to a home. And in a small home these innovative natural panels can also be used for dividing space and providing noise reduction. They also can do double duty as headboard in bedrooms or used to create closet space in the entryway or in the bedrooms.
Change The Flooring
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If you have a small home there’s no reason not to splurge on some great flooring. High quality gorgeous flooring will pull the design of the entire home together. Engineered wood flooring is a fantastic choice for homeowners that love the look of real wood floors but are worried about spending a lot of wood floors that could be easily damaged.
Engineered wood flooring is real wood so it has the elegance and beauty of real wood floors. But it’s wood that has been covered in a thick layer of acrylic to give it strength and durability. So if you have kids or pets and you’ve avoided real wood flooring because you don’t want your floors to warp, crack, or become scratched you can get the look you want without the high maintenance by installing engineered wood flooring.
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