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An Easy Guide To Designing A Minimalist Home

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When you think of the word minimalist, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, probably an organized space with few decorations. People who choose to live minimally tend to enjoy living in houses that feel clean and uncluttered. As a result, they spend more time enjoying their homes instead of constantly feeling the need to buy new things for them.

If you’re wanting to design a minimalist home and are looking for an easy guide on the subject, read on because that’s what this article provides.

What Is A Minimalist Home Design?

When it comes to house interiors, there are many different looks that people can give them – from glamorous to classic and from retro to modern. The minimalist style is a popular trend that emphasizes simplicity and functionality. The design principles can be applied to any type of home, whether it’s an apartment or a house.

A minimalist home will usually feature clean lines and neutral colors. The furniture is usually sleek and simple, and natural light is used whenever possible. Solid colors are used for the walls and flooring, and there will be a modern feel to the home.

Having Minimalist Possessions

This means that when buying things, you ensure that they won’t add clutter to your home. Be selective about what you buy and only purchase what you really need. This will help create an environment that is both calming and refreshing.

It’s not about giving up all of your belongings and living in poverty. It’s about being selective with the items that you own and making smart decisions about what adds value to your life. When you live minimally, you create more space, both physically and mentally. You’re less stressed because you don’t have to worry about managing a lot of stuff.

Minimalist Examples

Someone may choose to buy a watch that’s a basic timepiece. It shows you the time of day at a glance but doesn’t have a range of different dials and information to overload you. Some people may choose to purchase a basic piece of jewelry like a necklace, bracelet, or ring. A minimalist bag or purse is also a great choice for carrying the bare minimum.

Smartphones are becoming more popular by the day, and people seem to be staring at them at every opportunity. Buyers of the e ink phone demonstrate many folks’ desire for a minimalist phone with a long-lasting battery and essential functionalities. Such products often feature simple, clean curved lines, meditation timers, and high-quality materials.

Decluttering Your Home

The first step to minimalism is to look at everything you own, one by one. If something is never used, but it’s in good working condition, give it away, donate it to charity or sell it online if it’s valuable enough. Sort one room at a time to make the process more manageable, and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or that’s broken.

Ask yourself whether each item has been used in the last two years before deciding whether to keep it. Start with the easy stuff first (like clothing) and work your way up to the harder items like books or DVDs. Create storage solutions for old documents that you need by scanning them all into one file, so they can be easily stored online (e.g. in Evernote or Dropbox).

Buying Minimalist Furniture

This features basic forms, geometric shapes, and clean lines – with few decorative details. For instance:

  • A minimalist chair has a simple, curved form and typically doesn’t have any arms or cushions.
  • A minimalist sofa may be just a few inches deep, and it can be folded up for easy storage.
  • A minimalist bed frame often has no headboard or footboard and may use metal slats instead of a box spring and mattress.
  • A minimalist table typically has a simple, round, or rectangular top and the chairs mentioned above.
  • A minimalist coffee table typically has a small surface area

When buying your furniture, it’s important to remember that less is more. Try to buy things that are both functional and timeless, and that fits well with your lifestyle and needs. Choose pieces that are simple and elegant, without too many bells and whistles. Opt for high-quality materials like wood, metal, or glass, as these will be the most versatile and enduring.

Using Neutral Colors And Natural Light

Bright colors can overpower smaller areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Neutral colors will help to keep your space feeling light and airy, while also providing a blank canvas on which you can add pops of color as needed. Rather than being boring, neutral colors can provide the perfect backdrop for other elements in your home design (e.g. pillows, lamps, and rugs).

Some great neutral colors to use in your home are white, beige, tan, gray, and black. Where there’s lots of natural light, lighter neutrals work best but in spaces with less, darker neutrals can be used. You may also want to mix and match different shades in order to create visual interest.

Walls And Flooring

White walls are the easiest and most effective way to achieve a minimalist look, and there are no tricks or special effects needed. Pick one color that works with your overall palette. You may choose to display just one picture on a wall to make it appear more spacious. Some folks display mirrors in different shapes and sizes to reflect light back into the room, making it seem brighter as well as bigger.

You can use laminate flooring, wood, or tiles to create a minimalist look. Laminate is the easiest and most cost-effective option. You could choose a rug underfoot that adds texture but no color so that it doesn’t detract attention away from anything else (e.g. the chairs or other accessories).

Once you’ve designed your minimalist home, be sure to maintain your new lifestyle. Don’t let the clutter build up again and maximize the available space with functional storage solutions. In turn, your entire household will reap the benefits, feeling more calm and peaceful in their home.

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Written by Heather Redding

Heather Redding is a tech enthusiast and freelance writer. She is a coffee-addict who enjoys swimming and reading. Street photography is her newly discovered artistic outlet and she likes to capture life's little moments with her camera.

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