Trending topics like minimalism and going green are inspiring people to learn how to live large with less. If you’re thinking of downsizing your home, or if you already have and need some tips for living with less space, these books are filled with great examples and are available at your local library:
Tiny Homes: Living Big in Small Spaces by Country Living – A coast-to-coast showcase of sustainable dwellings which maximize function and style, filled with full-color photos, hundreds of decorating tips, smart finds and storage solutions.
Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by House Beautiful – Shares strategies for decorating small spaces, showcasing rooms that have been adorned with repeat patterns and textures, multipurpose furniture, fake views, or bold colors.
Micro Living by Derek Diedricksen – Showcases 40 homes that are 400 square feet or less that are equipped for full-time living and presents real-life stories of residents who share the challenges and pleasures of day-to-day living.
Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials by Ryan Mitchell – Features profiles on tiny house owners with photographs and floor plans of the homes, ideas on where to find materials, and what to look for and avoid when selecting reclaimed materials.
Small Space Decorating by Better Homes & Gardens – Provides tips and tricks for transforming small, dull, confining, or cramped spaces into stylish and cozy living spaces without sacrificing organization or comfort.
Tiny House Living by Ryan Mitchell – Explores the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle, and provides guidance for the transition to a smaller space, including practical strategies for paring down possessions and design tricks to maximize function in available space.
Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn – 75 builders share their knowledge of building and designing artistic, practical, and/or economical homes for people thinking of building or modifying their own house.