The minimalistic concept has gradually taken over contemporary tendencies in design and architecture. It is a triumph of subtlety and sophistication over a classical flamboyant style, a concept that strips the design to its essential forms by removing unnecessary parts. The dominant feature of minimalism is a uniquely functional design that allows the interior to breathe while radiating light and artful simplicity. Minimalistic homes are showcases of a relatively new yet widely embraced aesthetic, where clean lines and carefully chosen furniture and fabrics give the impression of calmness and serenity. An effort in reaching minimalistic appeal means to change your philosophy and to eliminate superfluous details from your living space.
Decluttered and clean surfaces are a hallmark of minimalistic interior design so reducing the number of accessories and other objects to a bare minimum is the only way to start. Having a clean and decluttered room is not only minimalistic, but it is healthy and sophisticated. Clear the surfaces and floors by storing things in cabinets and drawers and see how that single action changes the room.
Reduce the furniture
Furniture takes most of the space in the room so try to reduce the number to only essential pieces, within reason and without sacrificing the comfort. When simplifying the room, you can replace existing pieces with smaller ones and while downsizing, go for the simple items like plain coffee tables in unpretentious colors.
Balance the colors
Simplifying the color scheme and narrowing it to two or three will have the desired effect and will deliver the refined look of the room. Even though the white color is considered to be a classic minimalistic feature since it is neutral, clean and it broadens the space, other subtle colors are also widely used in minimalistic homes. If neutral color already dominates the room, discreetly combine it with bright and vivid color to create a focal point.
Clear the walls
Same with the floors and surfaces, clear the walls of all unnecessary things and let them breathe. Minimalism can tolerate a certain degree of details and accessory on the walls only if it is properly organized and suitably framed. Create a mini gallery of family photos concentrated symmetrically and framed in subdued colors. Avoid any form of visual clutter by leaving the bare walls or hang some visually tasteful piece of contemporary art.
Revise the patterns
Match the colors and reduce patterns on your furniture fabrics, rugs, and cushions. Again, having more than one piece with ornaments such as flowers or checker creates visual clutter and harms the overall minimalistic impression. Solid colors are the best options for covering the floors as well as for furniture.
The concept of minimalism is mostly about functionality, so it does not allow excessive accessory or decoration. Remove decorative items, but try not to deprive the room of its warmth and leave one or two well-placed decorations that will add a nice touch. Combine the decoration and functionality by placing an attractive light fixture where is most suitable. In addition to that, you can place a simple flowerpot that will elegantly accent the room without suffocating it.
Unveil the windows
Allow as much natural light as possible and unclutter that area by removing heavy or ornamented curtains. Bare windows or simple, subtle colored curtains will completely change the room making it more light and spacious. If it tends to get too bright, consider simple wooden blinds since its function will not harm the overall simplicity.
Keep storage a secret
The main characteristic of the minimalistic homes is a perfect storage solution. Organize your possessions in a way to keep them out of sight, stored in cabinets and closets. For some bigger items, you may consider a mobile self-storage as a perfect solution to keep the belongings out of sight yet still in the reach.
Once you have finished simplifying your living area, take time now and then to revise it all over again and to remove newly emerged unnecessary things. When stripping to the essentials, there’s always more to do in eliminating and storing out of sight.
Embracing minimalism is a shift in a perspective that alters the understanding of aesthetic, form and function. It upgrades the space and quality of life by focusing on what matters, followed by numerous additional benefits. The comfort of minimalistic design enables seamless daily functioning when gliding through bright and clean rooms. Not to mention that calmness and coziness of such living space can only bring harmony to unsettled and whirling thoughts of those who dwell there.