The latest design trend is minimalism. In an increasingly stressed and miserable generation, the appeal of minimalism is that it aims to reduce our reliance on material objects and to introduce simplicity to our lives.
Getting rid of our material clutter is a good way to also reduce “mental clutter” and helps us focus on what is really important in life.
Read on for ways to transform your home to have a minimalist design!
- Declutter First
A key tenet on minimalism is to always have clear surfaces and as little visible as possible. For most of us, we have drawers (maybe entire rooms!) devoted to clutter. The first step to a minimalist space is to get rid of all that clutter!
There are many different methods for decluttering, such as the KonMari method, or the one-in-one-out method- do some research and find a method that works for you.
- Keep A Neutral Color Palette
Colors have a substantial impact on our mood- for example, red can make you feel hostile, and blue can make you feel calm. Too much color in one space can be confusing to your eye and to your emotions.
The minimalist way is to stick with a basic color scheme. This doesn’t have to mean going entirely monochrome- many minimalists still incorporate pops of color into their homes- but it does mean you can simplify all the colors in your home. Once you’ve chosen the palette, stick to it diligently throughout the entire house to create a sense of continuity and peace.
- Focus On Storage
Even after you’ve decluttered, you will likely still have too much stuff to keep all your surfaces entirely clean. This is where storage comes in!
There are thousands of creative and unique ways of using your furniture as storage. Try using the space under your bed, or investing in multi-purpose chairs with storage under the pillows- the options are endless! Keeping your possessions organised and out of sight is a great way to achieve the minimalist look. If buying all new furniture is too expensive for you, try renting furniture through a company like Fashion Furniture Rentals.
- Textures Over Patterns
When decorating, most people use patterns to add visual interest to a room. They might use bright pillows or embroidered blankets to spruce up an otherwise boring room.
Although your entire house might conform to one simple color palette, this doesn’t mean that your house has to be visually boring. Playing with textures will add depth and vibrancy to a room without becoming too overpowering or ruining the color palette.
- Consider Function
As you find furniture to fill your minimalist home, the most important aspect you should consider is the function of each piece. Every item should serve a specific purpose, and if that purpose is already fulfilled than bringing it into your space will just add useless clutter.
People commonly have too much furniture for one purpose- for example, how many chairs and sofas do you have, and how many do you actually use? Thinking in terms of function will help you avoid these pitfalls and have a truly simple, functional space.
- Leave Empty Space
Even the most ardent minimalist sometimes feels the need to add items into their home for more personality or more interest. However, the foundational idea of minimalism is “less is more”.
Don’t be afraid of leaving empty space around your home on the walls or in between furniture. Sometimes the lack of distracting objects can make the strongest statement.
- Let There Be Light
Not every room is enormous, so sometimes creating the open-space feeling can be tricky. Every minimalist wants to create the illusion of space, and using light to your advantage is the perfect way to do that!
If your home has natural light, let as much of it in as you can. If you don’t have as much natural light, investing in some simple lamps will help your home feel expansive without adding clutter.
Hopefully this article gave you some inspiration for how to incorporate minimalism into your home design!