Simplicity is at the heart of minimalist interior design and that’s something that never goes out of style. The practical approach of ‘less is more’, and ensuring that each object performs a function, also gives your wallet a break when you’re decking out a home or investment property.
Here’s how to do it.
Get creative with shelving for both style and function.
Stylish storage options
There are so many ways to hide clutter and that’s the first step to achieving the minimalist look at home. Better yet, why not sell that clutter? You might be surprised to find out how many people will treasure your trash. For storage, start with useful furniture that hides things, such as couches, coffee tables and TV cabinets with in-built storage. Doing so saves you money on cupboards and shelving also. However, if you do need shelves, get creative with them so they double as a decor feature.
Streamlined colour palettes
Minimalism is all about relaxing the eye and giving yourself a break from over-stimulation. Obviously, having fewer things to look at helps, but so does a streamlined colour scheme. Monochromatic colours work well and take away the stress of choosing! This means sticking to a few different shades of the one colour, on a neutral backdrop of whites, greys or creams. Add a pop of contrasting colour sparingly.
No matter what type of furniture you like, the key is to ensure it has a function and a dedicated space.
No matter what type of furniture you like, the key is to ensure it has a function and a dedicated space. You might be tempted to buy the matching ottoman with a chair, for example, but will it simply gather dust, take up space and get shoved against a wall to make room for the kids to play? Go for classic pieces that stand on their own, provide a daily use and leave more than enough room to move.
Embrace the beauty of empty space and blank walls.
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Embrace empty space
Retrain your mind to see an empty wall as a beautiful thing. We tend to feel like we have to fill up space with knick-knacks or ornamental furniture, as if we don’t have enough stuff, if all the space isn’t taken up. The opposite is true, with minimalist interior design. Save your money and, instead, invest in items that stand out for what they are, while still being functional.
Group accessories for impact
You still want the warmth and uniqueness of your photos, vases, sculptures or candles to highlight your personality. The key is to group them in specific areas, rather than scatter them all over the home. Use a coffee table, a window sill or a shelf on the bookcase to create a display, or make a gallery wall to streamline photo collections.
While you’re decorating, keep subtracting if you can. Your mind will thank you for the clean lines and the clutter-free environment - and so will your wallet.
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