Having a minimalistic home has numerous benefits. Not only does a minimalistic interior look elegant, it also provides homeowners with a stress-free environment that they’d love to come home to after a long day’s work.
If you think you’re ready to adopt a minimalistic lifestyle, below are the things you need to remember:
1. Less is more
“Less is more” is one of the underlying philosophies behind minimalistic design. When it comes to home interiors, it’s about finding elegance in simplicity and maximizing comfort while owning less. Start by looking at the furniture and deciding whether something is truly essential or not.
A good strategy is to focus on one room at a time and list down the things you should and shouldn’t keep. You can then decide whether to sell, donate, or give away the furniture that you find inessential.
If you ever plan to repaint or pick new furniture for your minimalistic home, you might as well start with a clean slate and clear out as much room as possible. This means leaving only the absolute essentials such as the refrigerator, a couch, your bed, and so on.
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De-cluttering is something you’ll have to do constantly if you are to commit to the minimalistic lifestyle. Everything that no longer has a purpose in your home can be considered as clutter. This includes old newspapers, household knick-knacks, or anything that’s broken beyond repair.
Here are some additional tips:
- Flat surfaces such as countertops and tables should have only about 2-3 decorations.
- Just like surfaces, make sure your walls are not excessively decorated. Try having not more than 2 wall decorations in the same room.
- Small, useful items like cutleries and CDs should be kept out of sight at all times.
- Have a central location for entertainment systems (TV, DVD player, game console, etc.) that’s organized and easy to clean.
Also remember that clutter shouldn’t be kept. Your ultimate goal is to eliminate them, not store them away in your basement or cellar. Although you can store them away temporarily, you may eventually need to say goodbye to possessions with sentimental value.
Although there can be a few exceptions for small items like necklaces, bracelets, and figurines, you should let go of large possessions that take up precious space. Some people, for example, choose to keep the family piano even if it’s out of tune or missing keys. If you want, you can pass them on to relatives so you’d know you haven’t lost them forever. But at the very least, you should consider having it repaired and functional so it can’t be considered as “clutter”.
3. Pick a Color Scheme
This is where minimalism gets a lot more interesting. The key is to consider your entire home as one big piece of art – every tiny detail should contribute to one, beautiful picture. Fortunately, it doesn’t take an expert interior designer to determine which colors complement one another. Here are a few ideas from Brit + Co.
When picking a color scheme, make sure to consider lighting – both artificial and natural. You need to make sure rooms aren’t too bright or too dark to dampen the appeal of your minimalistic home. For example, if a room faces north and receives less direct sunlight throughout the day, you can compensate for it by using warm colors.
You can make the most out of a clutter-free room by making sure everything is spotlessly clean. Be proactive and develop cleaning habits that preserve the charm of your minimalistic home.
For example, try wiping off surfaces before they even begin to gather dust. Also be sure any trash is thrown out or put in the bin as soon as possible. You can refer to this post by ZenHabits.net for the minimalist’s guide on doing housework.
5. Invest in Accent Furniture
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Finally, you should prevent your minimalistic home from being too boring. You can do this by adding at least one accent furniture in each room that stands out and captures the attention of your guests.
Take note that the role of accent furniture is to stand out and make the rest of the room blend even more. Everything about it—including its color and design—should stand out from the rest. It is the cherry on top of the icing that wraps up a successful, minimalistic home renovation.
Creating a minimalistic home is exciting and can be life-changing to some. Just remember that it needs your long-term commitment and openness to a more simplistic lifestyle. Good luck and have fun redecorating your home!