INTRODUCTION ABOUT MINIMALIST DESIGN
To put it simply, minimalist design is simplicity of style when it comes to interior design. This simplicity is achieved by using only high-quality essentials with simple lines for an easy but elegant style.
It can be a concept that’s hard to imagine, and it certainly means something different to different people. But it’s not just a trend or home décor, it’s a way of life.
Let’s take a look at nine practical tips that will help you to achieve the simple, elegance of minimalist interior design in your home.
1. "Less is More" - The Basic Rule of the Minimalism
While there isn’t a formula to achieve a minimal home design, less is more is the mantra to keep in mind. This not only means less furniture, but less distraction; keep the lines of the furniture and accessories in your rooms simple, practical, and straightforward.
If you embrace this style for your home, you’ll need to choose your pieces wisely, not only for practicality, but also for quality and style. Fewer pieces of furniture will have to do more. Also, the arrangement of your furniture should leave plenty of open space in the room. Keep the counters, tabletops, walls, and floors clear of clutter. Keeping your environment clear of clutter and distraction will help foster a calm mind.
The goal of minimalist design is, to create a clean, open, and airy environment that fosters peace of mind.
2. Keep it Neutral
Start with a neutral base, keeping your wood, fabrics, and surfaces in neutral colors. A modern palette of neutral greys, tans, and whites won’t overwhelm the room. This will go a long way to creating a fresh, calm home environment. Small accents of color can easily be added in the form of throw pillows or a floral arrangement. Moreover, accent colors can easily be changed seasonally.
Likewise, keep your patterns simple and neutral. Fabrics and flooring should be solid neutral colors or small patterns. Avoid things like large, colorful floral prints. Texture, such as a furry pillow or sisal rug, can add some warmth and interest to the room.
3. Quality Over Quantity
If you are keeping your home furnishings and décor to a minimum, you’ll also be able to afford better quality. Invest in classic, modern furniture that won’t go out of style. High-quality furniture will stand up to daily use for many years.
Quality also applies to the bedding, rugs, and accessories you choose for your home decor. For example, a quality, down quilt in simple white not only keeps you warm at night, but it also accentuates the clean aesthetic of your furnishings. Choosing quality over quantity is always a good choice in every aspect of life.
4. Keep the Purpose of Each Room in Mind
While you strive to simplify your home’s design and décor, also keep the purpose of each room in focus. For example, your bedroom should be calming and comfortable, and your office should have a more active and awake feel. Likewise, while you want to keep your kitchen simple, it also needs to be functional.
5. Simple Window Treatments
Heavy drapery and ornate valances have no place in minimalist design. Simple, neutral-colored curtains, wood blinds, or shades are perfect for a sleek, clean modern look. If you have a gorgeous view from a window, you can even consider keeping it bare. Remember, be sure to let the sunshine in wherever you can.
6. Add Personal Touches
A minimalist home should reflect your personality and the things you value in life. This could include family photos in simple frames, a few books, or a memorable collection of things from your travels. A few indoor plants will also add life to a room. The goal is, only choose a few things that not only invoke warm memories, but also spark a lively conversation.
7. Plenty of Discreet Storage
To keep clutter under control, you’ll need to have plenty of storage. It’s important to have a place for everything you own, and to keep those things in their place. Sleek modern cabinets, or under-bed storage can go a long way in reducing clutter. Try to keep as much of your stuff out of the way and out of sight as you can.
In addition to sufficient storage space, you’ll also need to reduce the amount of stuff you have. Go through your belongings, and ask yourself, “do I really need this? How often do I really use it?” While some things evoke memories, curating those memories is valuable too. Only keep the most used and most valuable things in your life.
8. Only the Essentials
If you don’t absolutely need, rethink it. Whether it’s the furniture or anything else, ask yourself if it is truly essential not only to your home décor, but to your lifestyle. If you can live without it, get rid of it. Aim to leave only the essentials in a room. This exercise is not only valuable to achieving a minimalist design, but it also leads to simplifying your life in more profound ways.
9. The Right Lighting
Use all of the natural light that you can; open windows are the ultimate in light and airy. Once again, keep the window treatments minimal and light.
Lighting fixtures should be sleek and simple in design, and strategically placed to provide task lighting, as well as to highlight the room’s design. Track lighting works well in a modern, minimal space. Floor lamps, pendant lights, and table lamps all have their place too, as long as the design is simple and sleek.
By reducing the distraction, minimalist design is not only a way to simplify the look of your home, ultimately, but it’s also a way to simplify your life.