The minimalist approach to interior design has grown immensely popular around the world in recent decades, and not only because it looks amazing in a home or the office, but because it has profound effect on your emotional and psychological well-being as well. Once nothing more than an aesthetically pleasing fad, and now a true way of life for millions of homeowners, minimalism aims to create synergy between timeless charm, and peace and positivity in your home.
Through the use of carefully panned elements such as light, greenery, colours, and furniture, you can eliminate any extraneous details from your living environment, and thus bring clarity to your mind, body, and soul. Here are the essential steps to help you achieve a minimalist style in your home.
Create a clutter-free environment
First things first, a minimalist approach cannot work in a cluttered environment, hence the name. In order for the design to come to life and imbue your home with peace and positivity, you first need to declutter thoroughly, throwing or giving away all the things you don’t need or haven’t used in more than six months.
You can go room by room, slowly working your way from the bedroom to the kitchen and the living room, finally ending up with a barren, almost naked space. This is perfect, as you now have a canvas upon which you can start painting your new, picture perfect home. When everything has been cleared, you should turn to sorting. Make piles of things that belong together, throw away the unnecessary and carefully organise everything into bins, baskets, drawers, etc. You can even neatly label your bins and files so you can always know where everything is. You can either make your own DIY labels, or use the help of a handy device Dymo LabelWriter 450 Duo and create the needed labels fast and without any trouble.
Vivid, yet limited colours
The positive, serene feeling that permeates a minimalist household starts to radiate from the walls, or rather, their colour. Colours play a key role in bringing the minimalist design to life, and rather than going all-out with your choice of hues, you want to stick to a restricted colour palate consisting of pure white and its variations such as champagne and light beige, various greys and contrasting blacks, adding natural elements to complement the ambiance.
Think white walls and window treatments with light grey furniture (which we’ll get to in a moment) complemented with light wooden flooring and table tops.
Create focal points
All this talk about simplicity begs for a dash of variety and spunk in every room, in order to break the monotony, catch the viewer’s attention, and create a focal point that will tie the elements together. Whether that’s a vibrant painting above the fireplace, a three-piece quote art in the kitchen, a red coffee table or an out-of-place free-standing light next to the bed, you needn’t worry too much about the shape and colour of the piece – just let your imagination run free.
Once you have established your focal points, it’s time to move on to the furniture and other necessities around the house.
Pick the right furniture
Your choice of furniture can make or break your new undertaking, so you want to be careful not to disrupt the order you have created with the aforementioned elements and introduce only the necessary furniture and appliances. And try not to break the defined colour palette.
For the bedroom, you can get rid of the bulky bed frame and place a comfy mattress right on the floor and cover it with beautiful pastel bed sheets. This is perfect for people who love simplicity and can’t stand headboards. As for the living room, think grey couch and lounge chair with fluffy sheepskin draping over the sides complemented with various throws and blankets.
Add variety, light, and personality
Finally, you want to add a personal touch to the setting and add variety into any area where monotony might have dared to settle down. First, you want to use the power of the white walls to invite plenty of natural light into the room with big window schemes and French doors.
Second, in order to preserve the minimalist ambiance, you want to carefully introduce decorative elements that are near and dear to your heart – preferably some greenery as well. Gently now, as you don’t want to overdo it; the minimalist setting can easily turn into something completely different if you give yourself too much freedom while placing the cherry on the proverbial cake.
Minimalism has become a way of life for many homeowners across the globe in recent decades, as its timeless aesthetic appeal and the psychological benefits it brings create a truly serene, peaceful living environment. Be sure to follow these steps in creating your very own, timeless minimalist home.