The minimalist design, although considered plain and boring by some, has a lot to offer and can easily make your home look modern and stylish. It shows the true meaning of “less is more” by putting function before the appearance and embracing simple designs.
If this sounds like the kind of style you would like to incorporate into your own home, here’s how you can do that.
In terms of colours, keep things simple. Don’t combine too many different colour schemes, but rather stick to one or two. Opt for neutrals and pastels that will enhance the balanced nature of this design, and break the monotony with simple accessories such as blue cushions, colourful rugs, or a couple of nice paintings. You can also organise your family photos by putting them in beautiful, matching frames and creating a gallery wall.
Textures and patterns
You can also use textures and patterns to break the monotony of the neutral colours. For example, if you have a room that uses mostly grey shades, you can introduce a grey fur throw or a couple of fur pillows. In case you decide to add some patterns, choose smaller, simpler ones – a nice patterned rug would look great in almost any minimalist room. Finally, even though not everything can always match perfectly, you should do your best to make patterns, textures, and colours in general complement each other. This way, you will truly have a balanced minimalist home.
Clean and empty spaces are an essential part of minimalism since such a space puts emphasis on the objects inside it, creating a perfect focal point. However, this also means that you have to be more strict when choosing the right furniture so you don’t break the harmony of the room. Nothing should be too small or too big, but you can add one piece that stands out in size for dramatic effect. The minimalist design also includes a lot of flat surfaces and furniture items with clean and defined lines. Just don’t forget to let in as much natural light as you can so your minimalist home décor can really shine, and you can use window treatments to direct the light however you want. As for the lighting fittings, just one can be more than enough if it’s eye-catching and unusual.
To truly embrace minimalism, you have to get rid of all the clutter and unnecessary items. You should also keep all your smaller items in drawers and cupboards. This way, you will emphasise the room’s purpose as well as those few carefully chosen furniture items. If you’re not really a fan of cleaning, you can hang a simple wall planner on your wall so your family can organise and take turns cleaning the house. Plus, by decluttering, you will not only make your minimalist design more visually appealing but also improve your lifestyle.
When decorating your home, be careful not to overdo it. Have one large focal point instead of many smaller ones, and use different decorative elements as accents. You can also decorate with pieces that add to the function of the room, like a unique light fitting above your dining table or an elegant cream-coloured bookcase. Don’t forget that details matter as well, so perhaps you can add gold corners to the picture frames or some sort of elegant embroidery on your pillows – something that isn’t as easily noticeable but still adds to the richness of the design.
The minimalist design can be everything but boring if you know how to utilise your space and make the most of the items you choose. If you manage to create a balance between the key design elements, such as patterns, textures, and decorations, you will create a truly sophisticated and stunning minimalist interior that all your guests will admire.
Author's bio: Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.