To understand minimalism in interior design, we must first understand it as a lifestyle. Minimalism means living with only the bare essentials, decluttering your space, and leading a peaceful and simple life. Nowadays, consumerism has led us to believe that acquiring more items will lead to happiness and satisfaction, but Minimalists believe in the opposite; that a clutter-free home will set the tone for a relaxing and free lifestyle.
Similarly, these attributes can be applied to interior design and furniture. Minimalist furnishings call for muted tones, spacious layouts, and simple designs. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your home to adapt to a minimalist style.
The first piece of advice you will see on any post about minimalism will be telling you to get rid of the clutter you don’t need anymore. Start by emptying out the boxes at the back of your closet that you haven’t opened in so long. Do you really need that shirt you wore once to a party two years ago? What about the pile of old magazines sitting in your basement? A good rule of thumb is to donate or throw away anything you haven’t used in a year.
Once you do this, you will feel your space clear up significantly, which is the first step to adopting a minimalist style.
Tones and Textures
When becoming a minimalist, it is important to colour coordinate your home to reflect calmness. Thus, using neutrals, pastels, and earth tones is the best. Start with a base colour such as white or light beige, and layer it with complementary shades like subtle grays, pale blues, or dark greens. The key is to pick 3-4 different colours and keep them consistent to prevent too much noise and contrast.
But with such similar tones, how do we keep it from getting too bland? This is where the magic of texture comes in. Matching similar colours with different materials adds interest for the eye. For example, the pairing of the dark gray bed with the light gray rug in the picture below keeps the presence of the colour from getting boring.
Natural lighting is a very important part of a minimalist design, giving the room a warm and inviting tone. Although it’s definitely difficult to change the size of your windows, you can still allow the sun rays to seep in by using light curtains or none at all in common space areas such as the living or dining room.
When LED lights are needed, it’s best to keep things simple. Even bare lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling correspond to a minimalist design.
Overall, minimalism is a very powerful movement that has influenced the lives of many for the better. Try out these tips to adopt this life-changing style into your home.