Do you sometimes feel that your home overwhelms you? Instead of it being a place of comfort and retreat, it becomes bloated with tried-and-abandoned experiments, unneeded items, and projects that you started but never completed. Now and then, you can carry out a good spring-cleaning, but it just won’t do a great job of turning your home into a streamlined abode designed for your style and taste. Whether you have gotten to a point where you realize that minimal is best or just want to start fresh from the bare minimal design, here are ideas that you can use to simplify your home.
What is a Minimalist Home Design Style?
Just so we are clear, a minimalist home is not necessarily holy-white walls, sleek furniture, and modern plain décor; any home design can be minimalist, no matter the style. What makes your home décor style minimalist is more about what you do not have rather than what you have. This means everything you have is what you need, and nothing that just weighs you down. To come up with a minimalist style, you must first figure out your stylistic stand and create a mood board for your home.
There are many places to seek inspiration—from blogs and TVs to friends’ places and magazines. You cannot have a minimalist design unless you have a style. You will then strive to make your style simple, focusing on the uniformity of color, texture, furniture, accessories and appliances, and overall feel rather than a mashup of a variety of styles.
How to Achieve a Minimalist Home Look
Start with the furniture, one room at a time. Unless you just moved into your home, it is not easy to simplify the whole house at a go. Focus on one room at a time, beginning with the furniture since they are the largest and most outstanding items in the room. The fewer the number of furniture in the room, the better. Consider which pieces of furniture you do not need and can be eliminated without compromising the room’s livability and comfort. Prioritize those pieces that are plain, solid, and with subdued colors. The living room, for instance, can have only a couch, a coffee table, and an entertainment stand. The bedroom can have a simple bed, a nightstand, a dresser and perhaps a bookshelf.
Clear the floors and retain only the essentials. Once you have eliminated unnecessary furniture in the room, ask yourself what else isn’t essential and strip the room to its bare floor essentials. This means nothing should be stacked; there are no surfaces covered and no items on the walls or the ceilings.
Use simple artwork and decorations. Once the room is bare, you can select one or two pieces of artwork to add life to the walls and perhaps one or two items that can be placed on the floor. These can include a CD/DVD storage case a vase of flowers or an appliance such as a water dispenser. It is important that whatever you choose to retain, it must not clutter space and should be placed on a clear flat surface.
Choose plain uniform colors for the walls, floors and ceilings. If you have to repaint the house, by all means do. Once all the stuff you removed is stored out of sight, ensure that the rooms are plainly painted or covered in plain wallpaper. You can use your favorite color, but it is preferable that you stick to cool bright colors such as white or cream that are tranquil and subtle.
Give the rooms one more touch of plain treatment. Simple or bare windows, solid colored curtains that match the color of the room, or wooden blinds work well. Do not have too much ornate stuff around the windows, or colorful chandeliers. For a truly minimalist décor, everything must have a place.
In a nutshell, a minimalist home design features clear flat surfaces, accent decorations, and quality surpasses quantity. This design is not only more appealing, but also less stressful and easier to clean. Remember that such a style is an ongoing process and not a perfect look you can attain overnight-you should take your time to discover just what your personal taste entails and break the cycle of wanting to add more stuff all the time.