What does a minimalist home look like? Two words best describe it: simple and clean. Others think it should be symmetrical and though we agree on that, a minimalist home doesn’t have to be. So long as it’s catering only the necessary furniture, appliances, a few focal pieces here and there; and so long as space is neat, the approach fits the category just enough.
Taking a minimalist approach over Scandinavian, Industrial, and the likes in styling your home likely mean you’re looking forward to a peaceful, less distraction, and little to no-clutter space. Some people may think the style is dull and non-creative, don’t listen to them for they are wrong. As the saying goes: less is more. It still is today.
Here are a few tips on how you can transform your home into a living minimalist space that is simply classy and inviting.
Maintain a neutral color palette
Minimalist homes are clean, simple, sharp, and exudes a sense of peace or relaxation the very moment you set foot in them. One thing you’ll notice in minimalist homes is that they don a neutral base of a palette, most common are shades from the white family. It’s clean and creates an illusion of a larger space.
Don’t be wary, though, if you’re a lover of darker shades. You can still approach the style utilizing darker hues but with reservations and careful deliberation such as which room to paint your walls dark. Tip: keep the walls neutral and go figure with color in your furniture (of course, while still keeping the minimalistic style in mind).
Keep furniture to a minimum
This style is an advocate of keeping the homes simple yet functional; bringing in only what you need and less of what you want. For instance, minimalist bedrooms tend to have a few things: a bed, a cabinet, and a side table—very direct in approaching the room which should very well be. A bedroom doesn’t really need two chairs, three cabinets, and two side tables if there’s only one person using it let alone, a small space to work around with. To put it simply, embrace the space you have and refrain from misusing it.
Let the light travel
Lighting is an important element when it comes to donning a minimalist style. Lighting compliments the house layout and structure, as well as the focal point of each space. Bring in a simple yet head-turning light fixture and keep your windows open in daylight to take advantage of the natural light.
Cut the clutter
If you try to look up “minimalist home” in Google, there’s one thing the image results have in common: they’re clean and devoid of unnecessary knick-knacks. These homes are purged to the core and tidied up nicely.
Like what’s mentioned earlier, minimalist homes showcase simplicity and cleanliness. So try your best to keep your space out of mess and dirt. It will take a lot of discipline and diligence to keep your humble abode in its neat form but it’s all worth it. Imagine waking up and coming home to that sight.
If we haven’t stressed it enough, keep everything simple and void of unnecessary use of space. Keep your throw pillows to a minimum, forget about displaying tons of accessories, décor, and other knickknacks. Maintain a sharp space.
About the author: Chie Suarez is a passionate writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie has a deep interest in home design and decoration.
September 27, 2017