The ABCs of Minimalist Interior Design
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.
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Step 3: Pay attention to your lighting design
The beauty of minimalism is that it is a stunning design choice for both large and small spaces. However, that spacious, airy feeling depends largely on your lighting design. In addition to embracing and smartly utilising natural light, minimalist decors feature multiple layers of lighting. This allows you to break down your room into function-based areas, emphasise or hide certain elements, and create a visual flow. If you are uncertain about the different types of lighting and their functionality, this guide to lighting design for beginners will get you started.
Step 4: Choose simple shapes
Minimalist decors are based on the notion of simplicity. You won’t find intricate designs or overly accessorised furniture items. Simple geometric shapes create the atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Whether it’s your sofa, a dining table, a bed, a wall mirror, or an area rug, you can’t go wrong with clean lines and uncomplicated shapes.
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Step 5: Add colour accents
A clutter-free space that’s painted in monochromatic colours and features clean lines and geometric shapes is the foundation of your minimalist interior. You can now add a few fun accents. We recommend adding pops of colour through items that you can easily swap out depending on the time of the year or occasion – throw pillows, area rugs, picture frames, bedding, etc. This is the easiest and the most affordable way to make your interior look fresh when you are in the mood to “spruce things up”. Here you will find a few simple ways to add a pop of colour to your interior.
Step 6: Mix up textures and patterns
There is a fine line between a minimalist design and a boring one. Patterns, textures and colour accents will ensure that your décor is elegant and aesthetically pleasing. However, don’t go overboard. Moderation is key. Minimalism is about understated beauty, so go for simple geometric patterns for your area rug, throw pillows, or curtain designs. Add variety to your interior by mixing and matching solid colours with patterns and playing with textures in similar tones – combining rough and silky fabrics.
Step 7: Embrace the less-is-more philosophy
Creating a minimalist design is only the beginning. You need to embrace a minimalist way of life in order to maintain this design style. Learn how to say no to impulse purchases. Get in the habit of assessing every item in terms of the value it adds to your life. Before going out and buying a new piece of furniture or an item of clothing, make sure you can’t upcycle or fix what you already have. Rewiring your brain to think in terms of simplicity has long-term benefits both for your wallet and your mental health. Minimalism forces us to focus on what’s important – people and experiences rather than things.
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Have you successfully remodelled your home in a minimalist style? Share your tips with the rest of the readers in the comments section below.