Having a Tiny House built may be a lot more manageable than a villa, but you still have to make a lot of choices. About anything and everything. 1001 choices from the smallest part (where in your loft do you want an outlet?) to the big choices (do you want to go off-grid or not?). Even if the design is largely finished, you are not there yet. Ha! No, that’s where the fun starts. I am now in the interior design phase and boy, do I have a lot to choose from! What a luxury indeed :)
The choice of building materials, choice of installations, choices of orientation of my house on the plot and so on, for the most part they are behind me now. Some decisions you can make quite easily because you have a clear preference; for other choices, expert advice is indispensable. Fortunately, I now have a broad network of experts in all kinds of fields and my designer Menno can also point me in the right direction.
In previous blogs I have already shared some considerations that I am making for tables and chairs in the greenhouse with you, and the choices for my kitchen. I am currently in the process of making a mood board for my bathroom. Some categories of choices transcend the residential functions, such as lighting, for example. To determine which lighting you want, you need to have a good idea of the style of your interior.
In my previous Tiny House, I had recessed spotlights only. Super practical and neatly concealed, but not always attractive. And you can never put up a different lamp and change styles. So, I don’t want that in my new house anymore. Recessed spots are great in some places, such as in the bathroom and under the kitchen cabinets, but this time I want to use beautiful hanging lamps and wall lamps in my house. A large hanging lamp in the living room and two in the greenhouse. A nice wall lamp on the wall where my couch will be (coaches, don’t get me started on the choices there! :)).
The choice of lighting therefore depends very much on the style that you are going to have in your Tiny House and the space you have. I’m still hopping on two legs when it comes to styles for the living room: oriental or natural. In the oriental interior I often think of blue and turquoise tones combined with natural wood and light curtains; for the natural style, more green tones with wood and many house plants. In the oriental interior, I would hang a beautiful openwork oriental hanging lamp, not too frivolous or flashy but subtle. In the natural interior, a hanging lamp in natural materials such as wood and rope, or a metal-colored industrial hanging lamp is a better fit. I’m not sure yet which style it will be.
Then for something completely different: this month I must make a decision about which bath, toilet and sink I want. That’s why I’m working on the mood board for the bathroom. Of course, if you want to be able to make choices like that, you also should know what your walls and floor will look like ,in order to know what style and color and materials you will use. It is wonderful to dream away on Pinterest at dream bathrooms and get plenty of ideas. But those bathrooms are usually a bit (much) bigger than my bathroom is going to be, so I can’t apply everything without it becoming chaotic. And I don’t want chaos.
I want a zen bathroom. A place where there is a hammam-like atmosphere and where I can completely relax. I am thinking of shades of green or blue, concrete circle combined with a beautiful tile. The bath and toilet will simply become white and I want a nice washbasin on a wooden bathroom cabinet. The image is getting a bit sharper, and it will undoubtedly be beautiful.
Would it be easier or more difficult to do this process in together with a partner? I have to make all the decisions myself, and I don’t always have someone on hand to spar with. But then again, I don’t have to make any concessions; my will is law. 😉 Those 1001 choices are definitely made faster on your own. I just have to do it… Chop chop, pick one already. Sounds easier said than done? It is. And it isn’t. Fortunately, I have a choice. Not everyone can say that. Count your blessings. And onwards!