The concept behind minimalism, often summarized in the “less is more” motto, has a deep meaning at its base. Eliminating the mess and reducing to the essentials in a space is a way to foster the same simplification in our mind. Removing mental clutter, concentrating only on what is essential, is what a “minimalist” state of mind would be. Pretty desirable, isn’t it?
A minimalist interior design (especially for those who are not used to it) can seem very limiting, but it doesn’t have to! With some planning, creating a minimalist design will be easier than you may think. The very first thing to do is a round of decluttering, which goes hand in hand with organizing what you have. Check out our previous post for some great organizing tips! Then comes the time to dive into the components of a minimalist interior design. So are you ready to get a breath of fresh air into your space and in your mind? Read through!
1. Think function first
The transition to a minimalist home interior design (as any other interior transformation really) has to be done with function in mind. In order for the space to foster calm and serenity in your mind, it has to be functional and easy to use in the first place!
Start then by assessing all the things that are not functional in your home and think about how you could solve them. This could entail moving things around to make them more easily accessible when you need them. Or it could bring you to establish a new habit. As an example, keeping a basket in your living room for all those items that should not live in the living room is a great help to keep the space consistently neat and clean.
2. Plan your storage
A minimalist interior design leaves no space to clutter. But our daily lives are full of objects that often end up in random places like the entryway console, the kitchen counter, the dining table and many others. To make the transition to minimalism easier and more sustainable in the long run, think about your storage habits. If the entryway console is an easy place for you to leave your things, prepare a box to store them. You will still get the practicality but, by simply closing that box, all the clutter will be out of sight.
The same principle applies throughout the entire home as well. Re-think your storage in a way that is both easy for you to maintain and can keep the clutter out of sight.
3. Details count
What is always a paradigm of interior design, holds even more true in minimalism. In a minimalist interior, there are very few items at sight and those have to be studied carefully to convey the exact message you want them to. It does take a bit of thinking, but the result will be very rewarding, as the items on display will gain even more importance with less visual clutter around them.
A great way to create an attractive minimalist interior design is joining décor and function. Think about a stunning light fixture above a dining table: besides being certainly functional, it will add tons of character to the space and may even become a focal point.
4. Be diligent on your color scheme
Minimalism means order, and this is true for colors as well. Many unconnected colors in a space do create visual clutter, which is as harmful as physical clutter.
Transitioning to a minimalist home interior design is the best moment to choose a defined color scheme and stick to it. This does not mean everything has to be beige or white though, you can totally choose accent colors as well! But once the palette is chosen, you need to commit to it diligently.
5. Texture is your friend
So, if you need to hide all the clutter and just have very few pieces at sight, is this not going to become a boring room? Not necessarily! Mixing different textures is a fantastic way to add visual interest and movement to the room while still sticking to minimalism.
6. Leave some empty space
In a minimalist interior, empty space is part of the design. Clean walls or free corners all contribute to make the space feel airy and light.
But empty is not a synonym of bland! A wall without anything hanging on it can still be extremely interesting when painted in the right paint color, while a free corner will highlight the beauty of your flooring.
Minimalism is simple. Incorporate this into your home design by simplifying your furniture, decor, and storage. Make sure furniture is chosen with form and function in mind. Only choose decor that is relevant. Finally, simplify your storage and make it easy to maintain.
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