Minimalism – as an interior design style and a way of life in general – is an increasingly popular concept, especially among the millennial generation. 78% of Gen Y would rather spend money on experiences than material goods. The focus is shifting towards more sustainable living and ethical purchasing decisions. If you find the concept of minimalism appealing, updating your interior design in this style is a great place to start. So, we have prepared a few pointers to help you get started. The important thing to remember is that if minimalism is not natural to your way of life and interior aesthetic, you should introduce changes gradually, in order to make the transition as organic as possible.
Step 1: Declutter
Minimalism is about eliminating clutter and being honest with yourself about items that you are most likely never going to use. We all tend to accumulate stuff – piles of clothes, kitchen utensils, gifts, memorabilia, and so on. If you are not in the habit of regularly cleaning out your closets and storage spaces, it may be challenging at first to let go of things. “I’m going to wear this sweater one day!” or “This was a gift, I can’t throw it away.” Sounds familiar? If so, take it one step at a time. Start by decluttering your closet. Next weekend, repeat the exercise in your kitchen. Recycle, donate, sell, and throw away as much as you can. You will be amazed by how fast you’ll get in the habit of doing so. Check out this quick guide to decluttering your home to learn a few tricks.
Step 2: Select a neutral colour pallet
Start with a neutral colour pallet. You can go with lighter tones of beige and white or darker hues of grey and black. The key is to pick only one or two colours as a base for your walls, floors, and large items of furniture. This will create structure and unity that you can then build on.