Minimalism is one of the most popular interior design trends around in 2019. With popular celebrities like Kim and Kanye adopting and showing off the style, its popularity seems to constantly grow and grow.
In our latest post, we’ve put together a breakdown of how you can adopt a minimalist style and what you’ll need to bring it into your home.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism rose to fame in the latter half of the 20th century as a response and contrast to the excessive styles that monopolised the market. It could be seen in many areas, starting with art and moving to architecture, technology and, of course, interior design. In the most simple way, the trend stripped the excess and more leaving only the bare essentials.
This principle of minimalism has remained the same since its inception. A core of clear and clutter-free decor that’s based around quality rather than quantity. But the trend still has a warm vibe and can be full of character.
So why’s it so popular? Well, minimalism is thought to help to reduce stress and anxiety, it’s easier to clean and simple to make your own with just a few personal touches. The trend also has a striking look that seems like it was created by an interior designer and made for sharing on Pinterest and Instagram.
How to incorporate Minimalism?
Creating a minimalist home is straightforward when you know where to start. The following points are the key areas you’ll need to focus on.
Keep it Clear & Clutter-Free
As the name suggests, minimalism is a style based around “less is more”. Start by clearing away all the clutter and make sure your surfaces don’t accumulate junk. Limit what you have in your home in terms of furniture and accessories by sticking to the absolutely necessary.
Try to reduce the freestanding furniture and everything displayed by having a clear out. Whatever you decide to get rid of, donate to a good cause or recycle.
Get the Perfect Colour Scheme
A minimalist colour scheme is usually made up of two to three colours. The Primary colour should make up at least 65% of your room. Try to keep this colour white or neutral and used on the walls and more. For the other colours, create a ⅔ to ⅓ split with two hues that match.
A neutral shade will help give the room a clean and crisp look. This largely helps with the stress-relieving aspect due to the calming effects of the neutral colours.
Minimalist furniture for your home should be limited to a few high-quality pieces per room. For the seating and sleeping furniture, plain designs with straight lines work well for the sofa, chairs and beds.
For the rest of the furniture, try to incorporate as many pieces of enclosed storage as possible. This will help you cut down on the visible clutter and hide away anything you need. Multifunctional furniture with hidden storage is great such as an ottoman or coffee table. Additionally, wall mounted furniture helps to free up floor space, giving the appearance of a bigger, clearer room.
For all of your furniture, only add pieces that have a clear purpose. Minimalism is based around functionality and quality.
In terms of your flooring, try to keep your floor open and clear. Add in wood panelling or large-format tiles in a very light or dark colour. This will help you maintain the neutral primary colour or use your secondary colour to create a fantastic contrast.
On dull days and at night, avoid harsh lighting as this will make your home feel cold. Choose soft tones to add a sense of warmth. An eye-catching hanging light or interesting free standing light behind furniture will look great.
Limit the accessories you do add to avoid clutter. For wall art, one large or two small pieces on every other wall is recommended. When it comes to accessories on surfaces, one item per surface at max.
Once you’ve perfected your minimalist home, maintaining the look is key. Clutter can easily creep back into your home, taking over your open surfaces. Maintain the minimalist look with regular cleanups and a frequent purge.
Try to adopt a one in, one out system in your home. This allows you to refresh and update without adding too much. Always keep in mind your minimalist mantra: “less is more”.
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