Minimalism can be misconceived as a cold and empty environment to live in. However, this notion can’t be further from the truth. Although minimalism is the idea of living with only the furniture and possessions that you truly need, this doesn’t mean your home has to be devoid of feeling, emotion, andwarmth. You can create an inviting home and space through minimalistic design, and by doing so, you also reduce household clutter and stress.
Minimalist design has proved popular for a few years now. Far from being boring and lacking, this style is bold, memorable, stylish and above all else, it is functional. Such functionality is perfect for all rooms within a home. Here’s how you can create the perfect minimalist space.
The Office – Know the Basics
Many people’s offices become cluttered and disorganized, so by knowing the bare minimum of what you need, you can stop yourself from over cluttering your desk and office. Make a list of all the basics youneed. Usually, the basics consist of:
A Desk – You need a surface for you to write, draw or work on with your laptop or desktop. However, you shouldn’t fill the room with a desk too large for the activities or work you’re going to be doing; buying a desk too big for your needs only offers temptation. You should find a wooden desk, one that allows you to place your laptop, lamp, notepad, andpens, and perhaps room for a small plant for added character.
A Chair – Invest in a chair that is both stylish and comfortable. Many minimalist chairs seem hard. However, you should spend time finding a chair that is designed with your posture in mind. Ensure your chair matches your desk.
Shelving – You’ll want to avoid giving yourself too many shelvesso that you don’t overcrowd your shelving units with too many possessions and belongings. Before buying shelves, know what it is you need to keep in your office. Books relevant to work, along with notepads, folders and a couple of plants and sculptures aremore than enough, making your office homely without becoming too cluttered.
Extras – Plants are a big hit when it comes to minimalist interiors, as it can make a room more colorful without being garish, as well as plants being able to improve a person’s mood and wellbeing. You should also think about hanging some artwork; posters of movies or book covers can help bring together an office space without seeming too busy and distracting.
The Bathroom – Light and Airy
Nothing is worse than an over-dramatic bathroom, and although a bathroom is a highly functional room, it is also a place to unwind and relax after a hard day’s work. Think clean, crisp lines and simplicity. Square and sharp sink basins are aesthetically pleasing, and having a natural floor (stone, marble or tiles) and matching wall can create a seamless space.
Large mirrors and a big walk-in shower with glass doors can make your bathroom and open and inviting space. Have as much natural light as possible filtering through, and stick to simple and elegant bath lights from Lights Online, who can point you in the direction of bar lights or bath sconces, perfect for minimalistdesign.
The Living Room – Less is More
When it comes to the living room, it can easily become a place of disorder and chaos. Objects and people’s belongings seem to migrate to a house’s living room, especially when all they want to do is kick off their shoes and not clear up any books or magazines at the end of the night. What’s more, homeowners want to find a place for every piece of furniture they love in the living room.
Buy a Corner Sofa – Rather than take up space with two three-seater sofas, invest in a corner sofa instead. Not only do these provide additional space, but they create a cleaner line. To make your room seem more spacious, have a gap between the floor and the bottom of the sofa; have the sofa’s legs on display, and your mind will think the room is more open.
Nesting Tables – These tables are designed with minimalism in mind. Rather than have too many awkward tables that don’t fit together or look too much of the same, nesting tables are created so that they slide and sit underneath one another, and are usually in differentshapes, offering variety and style. Have them positioned together, but pulled apart. Place a wooden tray, coffee table magazines or a natural-looking vase on top of the largest nesting table.
Rug – Add warmth to your living room by laying a rug on the floor. Choose a non-busy color, and find something that’s tranquil. Cream, woven rugs with tassels at the end of the rug can create a wholesome and natural environment.
Add Texture – Bring texture to the room by having blankets folded on the back of your sofa and armchairs. You could also pair furniture of different materials together: leather couch with a wooden armchair, a marble coffee table juxtaposed against a purple velvet sofa.
The Bedroom – Warm, Comfortable but Organized
You want your bedroom to be completely ‘you,’ but you also want to keep the room light, bright, neat and tidy. When it comes to creating a minimalist bedroom, skip the bulky bed frame, paint the walls a natural color, and have bedside tables and a chest of drawers or wardrobe that isn’t too big and that doesn’t loom over you. Instead of having a solid wooden wardrobe, you could either have ones fittedinto your bedroom or have a garment clothes rail. If you use the latter, then you’ll be able to see what clothing you have, which can help stop you from buying clothing you do not need.
Your bedroom is meant to be a warm and inviting room, so have white bedding and layer your bed with large, think blankets that add texture and style to your room. For added personalization, hang fairy lights, have photos hanging from the ceilingand have a collection of artwork hanging at your bed’s headboard.
Alec Neufeld is a retired builder, now freelance writer and part-time general fix it man. He has strong opinions on the use of alternate energy and is also an avid sports enthusiast.