How to Choose Paint for Your Tiny House Interior

Tony 03/05/2024

A little over a decade ago, some people began choosing to live simply in small homes. Today, the Tiny House Movement is still on the rise; more and more people are experimenting with decorating a small interior. If you’re curious about how to choose paint for your tiny house interior, we’ll help you select the ideal color and type of paint. Additionally, we’ll share techniques that’ll prevent you from adding visual weight to your space.

Why Paint Your Tiny Home’s Walls?

When you buy a “normal” home, you make it a mission to express yourself through interior design. Your tiny house should be no different—it’s a living space that should make you feel proud. If you want to change your home’s interior, don’t be afraid to go ahead and paint it! A coat of paint dramatically changes the way your furniture and fixtures interact with the space around them.

When you paint your tiny home’s walls, you’ll cover up the bare wood underneath. While you might be fond of the natural wood grain, it can make the space look busy. The paint provides a clean slate for your future furnishings. Plus, it’s easier to patch holes in painted walls than wood walls.

Before you paint the walls, don’t forget to paint the ceiling and trim—this will make it look as if you hired a team of professionals. Paint the ceiling and wall trim in a lighter color than your walls, as this makes the room seem larger than it really is. Once this is done, paint attached rooms the same color to visibly enlarge the space. This creates continuity.


It’s no secret that tiny houses are, well, small, so you’ll want to create the illusion of a bigger, brighter home. You’ll need to select your colors carefully, as certain choices will narrow your space.

The trick is to use a lighter-colored paint. Light colors reflect light, amplifying the natural light in your living space. In order to visually expand your space, you’ll need to take advantage of the light coming in. Plus, light paint colors are airy and gentle on the eye. Dark colors don’t encourage your eyes to travel continuously throughout the room. You may feel tempted to select a bold color for your tiny home, but it’ll overwhelm the space. On the same note, dark colors close in your space and make it feel smaller.

Instead, it’s best to opt for neutral colors, such as grays and off-whites. They may seem boring, but they’re soothing and act as a solid foundation for wall art and other fixtures. Cool colors, such as blues and greens, are receding colors, and like neutrals, they’ll help complement the small amount of space you have. If you simply can’t resist vivid shades, use them sparingly—a pop of color is all you need.

There’s an abundance of paint colors out there, so just be sure that the colors you choose tie in with your home’s theme. The majority of tiny homes go for a rustic look, but how your home looks is up to you and your imagination.

Coverage and Quality

You’ll need to be mindful of the amount of coverage you receive from your paint. In a paint, you want both quality and thickness—the more coverage the paint has, the better it looks on your walls. When your paint doesn’t cover well, it can be a little irritating. At ECOS, our VOC-free* paint spreads further than conventional products; you can relax knowing that you’re covering more space with a single coat of paint, all at an affordable price.

A low-quality paint looks and feels chalky, and this chalkiness is more apparent than you might think. You’re sure to see a difference in your paint’s appearance over the years, too—more fading and imperfections. Low-quality paint simply isn’t durable enough to withstand the test of time. Additionally, due to its formula, you’ll also have to buy more of the cheaper paint in order to properly cover your walls.


When you live in a tiny home that moves around, you’ll frequently find yourself in a new place. Whether you’re in a forest or among the mountains, the outdoor conditions can have a significant impact on the way your paint settles into your walls. That’s why you’ll want a paint that offers plenty of protection and applies without issues.

A gloss finish is very durable and resists moisture. It also reflects light the best, so your walls will have a beautiful sheen to them. Other ideal choices include eggshell or satin finishes. Paints with these finishes open up your space and last for a long time. Plus, they’re easy to clean; all you need is a little soap and water. A flat finish paint, on the other hand, isn’t the best for high-traffic areas, as it’s not very durable, meaning that you’ll have to carefully clean it.


Feel like getting creative? Paint a pattern on one of your tiny home’s walls. Stripes are a common choice—vertical stripes fool the eye and make walls seem taller, so try your hand at neutral stripes or stripes in contrasting colors.

Keep in mind that small, repetitive patterns are best for tiny spaces. While large shapes look busy, small shapes create texture.


When your paint dries and you can no longer smell it, you’re in the clear, right? Not necessarily. Chemicals from paint can linger in your home for years after you apply it.

Because you live in a tiny space, it’s important to forego toxic paints. In such a small area, you’ll inhale fumes faster. That’s why you need to be aware of what’s actually in your paint.

ECOS Paints develops odorless**, non-toxic paints for living spaces of all sizes. We take the time to choose quality ingredients that won’t trigger allergies and chemical sensitivities. Indoor air quality is of the utmost importance to us, and you’ll be able to feel relief from the moment you brush our non-toxic paints on your walls.

Our health-focused paint is the world’s best, and it’s within your reach. Purchase VOC-free** paint for your tiny home today.*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 14 days).

*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 14 days).

**No traditional paint or polyurethane odor

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