Home ownership is a staple of the American Dream. Yet, more than half of buyers surveyed by Trulia claim they regret the size of their home after they’ve purchased. Could you imagine such a large, life decision you’ve got to live with (on this scale)? Yikes!

Most of those surveyed say their home choice was too small.


It’s also very common to have a warped perception of grandeur here in the States. This quest of getting something bigger and better. Outdoing the neighbors. Yet, we also have those living in what some describe as “apartment coffins” completely at home and cozy with their decision.

It makes one wonder: How can you do more with what you’ve got?

Big and Insufferable or Small and Cozy?

There are several ways to form a smaller place into one that’s comfortable and cozy. A home that one may have thought to be insufferable because of the size. Now, something inviting and “home”.

Consider the following:

A.  Space with color. Use bold colors on accent walls to give your eyes something to notice. Contrast the space with a unique choice in color schemes. Color has the way of tricking your mind into thinking the space is larger than what it really is. Plus, it’ll set a tone for each room.

B.  Combine comforts. Futons aren’t just for college kids; they’re a great way to combine comforts without taking up space. One could consider the best lift chair sleepers if they prefer sleeping upright without taking up a whole room for a bed. A Murphy bed is becoming popular again, too, with its combo bed and table setup.

C.  Luscious Greenery. Indoor plants help clean our air; they’re also amazing for making us all-around happy. We gain a bit of joy having to care for something. They reduce our stress and even improve our concentration. Even fake plants will do this, too.

D.  Shifting Spaces. There’s been quite an interest in foldable, collapsible walls as of late. These turn open concept spaces into temporary private areas. It’s easily done using something simple like tapestries or with a small investment into walled dividers on wheels. Don’t like the look? Shift it around! The space will always stay fresh.

The smaller the space – the more you need to be creative. You’ll find yourself enjoying more of what you have rather than trying to fill a void.

Less Space means More Outings

Having a small space is an odd way of forcing yourself to get out more. The home is comfortable and cozy, but you don’t want to be in it all day. This is quite beneficial on two-levels: health and socializing.

We, Americans, lead very sedentary lives because we wake, usually go to an office job, then come home to lounge in front of the TV. A living space you want to get up and out of will have you active. You’ll move around, exploring the area, and generally socializing more.

This active lifestyle tends to lead to better dietary decisions, too.

Spending time exploring local markets or accompanying health-conscious friends out to eat will ultimately improve your health and wellness. This is a great departure from trapping ourselves in our homes, chowing on processed meals, and slowly developing problematic issues like MS or diabetes.

Comfort is How You Define It

A lot of people work hard to buy a home. Then, they’re unhappy with the decision. Usually because of the size (as we’ve found with the survey). Perhaps a lot of this is a misshapen perception. Or, a feeling to compete with neighbors – to flaunt.

Try being comfortable with what you have. Maximize the space you own. Doing so will transform those tiny living spaces into a cozy domain. And, you’ll likely get healthy at the same time.