Minimalism is a movement that was derived from popular art deco pieces that found its way in to home design in the 1920s. Even a century later, it is still considered one of the most innovative styles in architecture and design. Using open spaces and light colors in rooms create a flow and uniform feeling that has surpassed the trials of time. Minimalism has also been labeled the pioneer of forward-thinking design as it breaks each room down to only the necessities, meaning every single item must be functional.
There are better reasons to adopt minimalist interior design other than just a contemporary and looking home. The average household can have upwards of 300,000 items throughout it. Which leads to the average person spending twelve days per year looking for things they can’t find, in their own home. One of the first steps to a minimalist home is to reduce the number of items in your home and hide away the remainder of your items. Using more of the minimalist ideals listed below, you too can find the peace of mind that minimalistic interior design can bring.
Simple but demanding doorways
The first thing that guests experience when visiting your home is your entryway. This can set the tone for the rest of your home and give your guests an idea of what to expect throughout your house. Start your impression off right with a decluttered entrance complete with a large, attention grabbing door. You can begin your front door replacement by contacting local professionals so you can explore what options may be available to upgrade your current doorway. A neutral color paneled door with minimal accent windows tend to be the best option. Adding windows to your front door or near can help pull more natural light and open the space as well.
Neutral Color Palette
Minimalist home décor is known for its calm, neutral colors of white, creams, grays, browns and black. Using those creams and white can really add space to a room. Sunlight also reflects off white which draws many minimalists to add white walls to heavily windowed rooms. The darker hues of gray and browns can be used for furniture and decorative furnishings but should also be surrounded by light colors to avoid darkening the room too much. More and more among decorators leaning towards modern eclectic accents will mix a few brightly colored statements pieces along the neutral colors. This can really add character to a style that many regard as “boring”.
Another piece of minimalist knowledge that every homeowner should adopt is only using items that have a purpose. This means that every item, even decorative, has a use in the home. There are also plenty of multi-purpose items found in minimalist homes. Washer and dryer combos, hide away stove tops and morphing furniture are just some of the options available for those looking to open up some space in their homes. There are many unique items that designers have created in years to aid minimalists in new ideas for multipurpose items.
Storage is Tucked Away From Sight
Opening up the space and removing clutter is essential to a minimalist home and while you can reduce your belongings and downsize, you can’t get rid of it all. The items you do find necessary to keep can be stored in some very creative ways that keep your home open and free of the eye sore that junk can be. A popular option in the living room could be a hollow ottoman to place pillows, remotes, coasters and other odds and ends. In the dining room closets tucked behind sliding doors can hide away your wardrobe without needed large dressers that get crowded with junk over time.
Let Artwork be the Focal Point
Because minimalism may be about reducing the things in the home each piece inside of it needs to be purposefully placed. Large art pieces tend to be placed centered on walls providing colorful and creative centerpieces. While these abstract pieces may be colorful the room surrounding it will stay very neutral as the art is intended to speak to the viewer. Artwork can be a very loose term in minimalistic décor as many items are created by artists to be unique multi-use or small space items. Paintings and wall art do have their place, but a geometric coffee table or abstract lamp tend to work well in a minimalistic space.
There is beauty in simplicity, but like any interior design style, there’s also an element of skill required. As there is a clear intention behind each decision made in a minimalist home. Even applying one of these timeless minimalist concepts will help your home declutter and become more useful. Let the art of minimalism extend beyond home design and into a lifestyle that is said to have an abundance of benefits such as less stress and more freedom.