A minimalist home doesn’t mean cold and uninteresting. No, a minimalist home should be modern, uncluttered, functional, spacious, fun, desirable, interesting… and much easier to clean. So how can you create less so that it’s really more… design wise?
Over the past few decades, consumerism has been rampant and people have been filling up their homes with more and more ‘stuff’. However, over the past few years, there has been a fight back against this trend and a growing sense that a minimalist home is the more desirable option.
After all, seeing clutter build up all over the house can be a major cause of stress and anxiety. But a clean and simple home can help to leave us feeling calmer and more content. Not only this, the design trends that you do decide to implement are much more noticeable in a minimalist home.
If you are unsure how to create this minimalist effect in your abode, here is a bit of useful advice that you can put into practice.
Alter One Room at a Time
It can be overwhelming when you try to create a minimalist home in one go – particularly if you have been accumulating stuff for years. So, start with one space and work your way through the rest of the house room-by-room.
The living room is a common starting point as this is the place where you spend a lot of the time. You could also start with your bedroom as this is where you want to relax and unwind.
Begin with the Furniture
Since the furniture is the biggest thing to deal with in most rooms, this is probably where you want to start. Essentially, you are looking to get rid of anything beyond what is necessary.
If you need extra seating when you have guests over, look for double-duty items – such as lidded ottoman – that you can sit on but also store things in.
The minimalist style is all about being plain and simple, and you tend to want to stick to neutral items as much as possible. But do add texture otherwise your decor will look drab and cold.
Clear Floors and Surfaces
The whole point of minimalist living is that your rooms don’t look cluttered. So, clear your floors and surfaces of anything which is currently taking up space.
When you are going through the different items, you need to decide what is necessary and what you no longer have any use for. For the items that you want to keep, you should find some other storage for them around the home.
Alternatively, you could look into self storage options. You may have to be quite ruthless when it comes to getting rid of what you no longer need. If you haven’t used an item in the past year, it is generally a good rule of thumb that you no longer have any need for it.
Invest in More Storage Solutions
There are all sorts of creative storage solutions out there these days which you could look into getting. If you are looking for a motto to follow, the old line ‘a place for everything and everything in its place rings true.’
The whole point of storage solutions is that they make things easy to find and access. For the other things that you don’t need to access so readily, you could always create a secondary storage location in an attic, basement, garage or somewhere similar.
If you are looking for ways that you can create more space, you could always utilise height better with shelving, high bookcases etc.
Use Simple Artwork and Pictures
There is always the danger when you are creating a minimalist living environment that everything is going to look too bare. Of course, you want to add a few personal touches as well to make the place look like home.
You don’t want to go overboard with the artwork and pictures, but a few simple pieces will really help to bring your rooms to life. And it is always nice to have your own pictures from holidays and other happy occasions to bring back memories.
Choose Basic Window Treatments
The window treatments that you choose to have really depend on how the rest of your room is decorated. You could just go for a set of plain curtains or perhaps some Venetian blinds.
In the bedroom, you may prefer to try to keep the light out with some blackout blinds. In some rooms in which you want to encourage the most natural light, you could even choose to go for no window treatments at all.
Take it Step-by-Step
It is a great challenge to create a minimalist home in one go. The much easier approach is to take it step-by-step. When you look at a room the next day, you may see things that you want to add or take away which you hadn’t considered at first.
You could even take some pictures along the way so you can get a better idea of if you are heading in the right direction. Remember, the central idea of minimalism is that you simplify everything, so try your best to remove anything from the space which is not useful or beautiful.
Add Some Natural Elements
Just because a room is minimalist, it doesn’t mean that everything in there has to be artificial. You always have the option of adding some more natural elements into the space such as houseplants, flowers etc.
And you can even get a little more creative with branches, sand, stones and other outdoor features presented in clear glass containers. There is something quite appealing about combining indoor and outdoor elements together.
Creating a minimalist living environment is something which many people strive to achieve. If you are planning on creating this look in your own home, these are just a few of the main points which will help you on the way.
As I mentioned at the start, you are never going to achieve a minimalist home overnight. However, over time you should start to notice the benefits in living in a place which is less cluttered and consumed by stuff.
Not only is this calming for the mind, it is also a way of living which is kind to your household budget as well.