Minimalism has grown popular over the years as more and more homeowners prefer having a simplistic yet elegant and comfortable feel in their homes.
The concept of minimalism is centred on the principle that less is more. A minimalist design maximises the space of a home with very few decorations and furniture. The few decorations and large areas of empty space in this approach evoke a sense of comfort from an unobstructed interior.
To achieve a minimalist feel for your home, here are a few principles that you need to follow.
Keep it simple
As a rule of thumb, having a minimalist interior requires you to declutter. Remove decorations and non-functional parts of your home, without compromising functionality and comfort. Remember that minimalism aims for elegant simplicity.
Choose a neutral colour as base
Not only are neutral colours calming and relaxing to the eye, these colours also inspire a clean and fresh feel for your home.
Minimalist homes are usually painted with light colours, such as white and cream with little hints of grey and pastel. Brighter colours are accepted, but they are usually restricted to two different colours with subdued hues. Make sure that these colours are as subtle as possible so as not to clash with the pieces, be it a piece of furniture or an artwork painting, that you want to be the focus of your interior.
Shades of browns, blues, tans, and greens are preferred as a choice for second colours because they mix well with neutral colours.
Pick timeless pieces
Minimalist homes have very few decorations so choose timeless pieces of furniture that are well made and durable. Furniture made of wood is good investments because they look classy and are usually durable.
To avoid being mislabelled as plain, incorporate one bold piece of furniture, painting or decoration that can be the focal point of your design. Your other decorations can then act as accents so they do not overwhelm your home.
Texture and patterns break the monotony of a minimalist home. Use beaded or knitted throw pillows in your living area. Use a carpet that has an interesting pattern, but make sure that it goes well with your wall design.
Choose prints that can act as accent pieces. You can use prints on your curtains and pillows as well.
Read up on latest trends
Modern homes usually invoke some elements of minimalist design. You can check various interior design magazines or even websites online to look for design pegs. Also, check for furniture that works well with a minimalist design. A lot of modern homes use floating stair treads and sliding doors because they save space without sacrificing aesthetic.
Achieving a minimalist home can sometimes be challenging because you will have to remove decorations, furniture and parts of the home that you might have grown accustomed to. However, one of the main points of minimalism is exactly getting rid of the unnecessary things in your home and letting your place breathe. If you are able to do this, then you will achieve that simplistic elegance all minimalist homes aspire to.