Your Quick Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home in 4 Simple Steps
There’s no better feeling than living in a clean space, contrary to what science says. It’s been said that messy people are smarter, but the people who live in cluttered areas also tend to be more stressed… but what does science know? In the world of interior design, a messy room is always bad, whether you’re a “smarty-pants” or not!
Now, some of us lead very busy lives and keeping a home clean can be a difficult task at times, so instead of struggling to keep things clean or digging into your pockets to pay a housekeeper, why not adopt the minimalist design style?
A minimalist design style for your home would work wonders on your sanity by cutting stress levels down, plus, it also gives your home a sleek and sophisticated look. If you’ve loved the look and idea of minimalist design style but have no clue as to how to get started, take a look at this simple guide and you’ll be decorating like a true minimalist in no time!
Clutter: Out of Sight Out of Mind
If you’ve done your research on minimalism, or seen a minimalist home, then you know that clutter is the ultimate enemy of minimalism. Can you think of one of the biggest clutter magnets in a home? Give up? It’s the kitchen counter and sometimes the kitchen table. It is on these two objects where you can find bills, junk mail, sunglasses, purses, and car keys.
In order to adopt the look of minimalism, all of those items would have to go… put them somewhere completely out of sight! This is a process that you would need to be consistent with. It might be a little hard at first, but you’ll soon get into the swing of things.
Once you do finally get adjusted to things, do a sweep through of your home, room by room, every few months and see if those rooms can be simplified even further. It’s almost a guarantee that every time you do a sweep through of a room, you will find something, even the smallest of thing, that can be stored or gotten rid of.
Storage That Complements the Decor
Speaking of clutter, you not only want to put clutter away in drawers and cabinets that standardly come with the rooms of a home, but it’s also important to invest in additional storage that’s still complements your decor. After you’ve put most everything away and still have a few stragglers of “things” hanging around, this is when your stylish storage will come into play. Whether it’s an armoire or an ottoman, it allows you to hide your last little bit of chaos to be stored inside while looking classic on the outside!
Quality Over Quantity Matters
The fact that this design style doesn’t require a lot of “things” but more so a few good quality pieces can make it a little difficult to properly decorate the way you want without your home having the appearance of clutter.
When you talk about quality, that means you want high-quality signature pieces in your home that are going to last you a while. For your living room, you want signature seating, and for your bedroom, you, of course, want a good quality bed, but you also want to make sure your bed is draped in quality bedding as well.
With minimalist design personifying any and everything simple, sleek and sophisticated, you want to choose bedding that gives your bed a laid-back look of luxury. A good rule of thumb to have with minimalism, in relation to quality, is to choose well-made items that will stand the test of time… those trendy items don’t tend to work well with the minimalist design.
Neutral Color Scheme
Minimalist homes have a neutral color scheme, and it starts with the base color. Base colors are colors such as white and gray… these subdued hues are what works best. Although minimalist colors are monochromatic, they still bring about a clean and fresh vibe that brings a sense of calm to any room.
To go with your base color, people will sometimes incorporate a secondary color and an accent color. A secondary color is one that compliments the base color and the accent color is a color that isn’t as prominent or used as much, as the base and secondary color. The accent color can be whatever color you choose but it is typically seen in accent pieces to give a small pop of color. Gold is a popular accent color.
Keep Things Simple
Now that you know the steps to create a minimalistic living space, do you understand the underlying principle behind the design style? Simplicity… just keep everything simple. With this design style, if you just keep in the forefront of your mind that less is more, you will successfully give your home a minimalistic look.