To create a structurally minimal home, the first place to start (if you can!) is making your house open plan. Open plan kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms are becoming more and more abundant these days. They allow light to pass throughout the rooms, making it feel more spacious, and create a very social space that’s perfect for families.
With an open plan home, you may decide you sometimes need some privacy. This can be achieved with room dividers, such as curtains or sliding doors. Room dividers give you flexibility to decide how open you want your home which is really useful as the seasons change, for example you may want to keep the rooms divided for warmth in the winter but let the air pass through freely in the summer. You can read more about room dividers here.
In minimalist homes, the flooring tends to be wooden, linoleum or natural stone tiles. These create a more contemporary feel to the room, and are also much easier to clean! The flooring tends to be plain, and should follow straight lines.
Large windows with no curtains or shades make frequent appearances in minimalist homes. This maximises the amount of natural light in the room – to push this further, you can look into getting a skylight. In some rooms such as the bedroom, not having blinds is impractical so you can use simple wooden blinds to keep the minimal appearance.
In order to maintain a minimal home, you’re going to need storage. Stylish closed storage is the best option for this décor as you don’t want to be able to see any clutter. The more discrete the storage, the better – you should opt for handle-less cupboards and hidden storage as much as is possible. You should also keep your storage organised to avoid spilling over; read more about home organisation here.
Minimalist colour schemes tend to be mostly white. Monochrome colour palettes are very popular for this style, and also add a contemporary feel to your home. Other options include neutral colours such as beiges and soft browns. These colours will all work well when you integrate natural materials such as wood and natural stone.
Accent colours can still be integrated into this sort of décor, and they really reflect your personality. You can opt for bright accents such as red that will really stand out against the neutral background, or you can choose a softer pastel colour such as blush pink that will give a subtler femininity to the room.
Minimalist homes tend to have block colours, and not a lot of patterning. However, some pieces can have simple geometric patterns such as rugs and sofa cushions. This will add some visual stimulation without being overpowering.
There should be minimal furniture for this style of home – don’t be afraid of bare space! You should only include the necessities, for example, in a living room there should only be the sofa upholstered with neutrally coloured leather or fabric, a coffee table, the TV and maybe a lamp or indoor plant.
Common choices of materials for furniture include wood, acrylic and glass with stainless steel and chrome accents. These materials are often glossed if not already shiny, giving a more contemporary edge.
Regardless of whether you believe in feng shui or not, you should always balance your room. You don’t want to put all your furniture on one side of the room, especially in a minimalist home where you have very little furniture already. This does not mean your room has to be symmetrical, just that you should avoid placing all your furniture on top of each other.
Minimalist homes tend to have large canvases on displayed on the wall showing very simple designs. They often match the colour scheme, and this can sometimes be where the accent colour is taken from.
The theme of quality over quantity applies to the entire house when employing a minimalist style, but it is especially important for the artwork. It is better to have one large, expensive piece of art that fits well in the room rather than lots of small pieces dotted around that take away from the minimalism.
Geometric and abstract art tends to fit in well in a minimalist home.
Alternatively, you can choose to include artistic lighting such as pendant lights. This will add creativity to you home whilst maintaining the minimalism. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian décor, it is popular to feature metallic shades or have exposed bulbs for your lighting.
As you would assume, the accessories are kept to a minimum for this style. For the few pieces there are, they tend to be metallic or neutral colours – they also often link to each other. For example, if you have copper accents on your lamps, you could also include copper on your candle holders.
Bringing nature indoors is becoming a theme in most décor types, and minimalist décor is no exception. Indoor plants such as succulents or bonsai trees are low maintenance ways of adding some green to your décor. If this doesn’t appeal to you, you can instead simply buy flowers and put them in a vase.
One way that you can ensure that your minimalist home isn’t considered ‘boring’ without compromising the style is by including lots of textures. This can be in the form of chunky knit blankets, rugs, etc. By including a blanket, you will also be making your home still feel cosy, rather than clinical.
Another way is including big mirrors to bounce light around the room and make it feel open. When teamed with an open plan layout, big mirrors are particularly effective.
Many people are attracted to a minimalist style for its simplicity and ease of maintenance (aka less dusting). In a hectic, overstimulating world, it can be a treat to come home to a soothing oasis of calm.
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