Does your home feel cluttered? Are you looking to combine the latest interior design trends with incredible functionality and affordability? Perhaps you appreciate a pared-back esthetic? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it might be time to embrace minimalism.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a sophisticated trend that uses “less is more” as its central design principle. Having started as a niche artistic movement in the 1960s, minimalism is now one of the classiest looks available to modern homeowners. If you’re a fan of clean lines, neutral colors, and plenty of floor space, this humble trend could transform your home into a haven of tranquility.
While the minimalist esthetic may seem easy to achieve, it’s more complex than you might think. As well as de-cluttering your home using Marie Kondo’s famous KonMari method, you’ll need to stick to a few design rules to avoid making your home look boring or drab. Fortunately, we’re on hand to offer some top tips for pulling off the minimalist look. Here they are:
1. Focus on natural light
One of minimalism’s most attractive features is its ability to make your home feel airy and spacious. To make the most of your extra space, you should try to let in as much natural light as possible. Some fans of minimalism leave their windows completely unadorned, while others use very simple blinds that they can draw at night. If you’d rather avoid the gaze of nosy neighbors, you may wish to invest in sheer curtains that provide privacy while allowing light to flood into your home.
2. Create extra storage space
If your home is full of cluttered surfaces and possessions with nowhere to go, it’s time to invest in some extra storage space. If your drawers and cupboards are already full, why not try out some innovative storage solutions? From under-bed drawers to sleek ottomans, there are plenty of ways to liberate even the tiniest of rooms from pesky clutter.
3. Use a neutral color palette
Neutral colors are fundamental to minimalist design. As well as making your home look lighter and brighter, colors such as cream, light grey, off-white, duck egg blue, and beige are shamefully easy to mix and match. Start by covering the walls in neutral paint. Then, you can go about finding minimalist furniture featuring neutral colors and simple shapes.
4. Don’t be afraid of a statement color or two
Don’t worry – you don’t have to banish colors completely to achieve a sleek minimalist look. Once you’ve established your primary palette and arranged your furniture, feel free to inject a few flashes of color throughout your chosen room. You could, for example, hang a bright piece of modern art on the wall, adorn your couch with emerald-green cushions, or paint your drawers a deep cherry red. Just remember to keep things classy and avoid adding more than two or three bright colors to your palette.
5. Invest in high-quality items
One of the best things about minimizing the number of possessions in your home is that it allows you to purchase better-quality items that don’t breach your budget. Invest in sturdy pieces that can withstand wear and tear (especially if you have kids or rowdy pets!). As well as making your home look more expensive, this will reduce the need to purchase new items in the future – great news for the environment!
6. Don’t be afraid of a little texture
If you’re struggling to make your home feel homey using neutral colors, why not experiment with some texture? Items such as sheepskin rugs, velvet cushions, knitted blankets, or rugged wooden tables can help you avoid an overly sanitized esthetic. Don’t go overboard, though – too many textures can make a room look chaotic.
7. Bring the outside inside
Minimalism isn’t just about paring back your life – it’s also about welcoming the natural world into your home. No minimalist home is complete without a few air-purifying plants. If your rooms are very large, we recommend opting for a statement plant such as a Strelitzia Nicolai, a snake plant, a Monstera Deliciosa, or ivy. If your rooms are on the smaller side, try succulents or herbs such as basil, rosemary, or parsley. Herbs will make your room smell fantastic and add some complex flavors to your cooking. What’s not to love?