Thinking of designing a minimalist style home? This one's for you!
There are already plenty of information out there on basic minimalist styling tips, and if you're a striving minimalist, you're probably already aware of these common (mostly generic) advices expert minimalists like to give. So, we've decided to go a step further by looking into each room (or space) of a typical home, to help you capture a clearer picture of how you might want to arrange your own space. Have fun!
When collecting kitchenware, try to stick with one central colour (e.g. white) and expand to two or three different tones, at most. This is key to preventing yourself from buying various kinds of kitchenware that you won't necessarily need. It also keeps you from collecting a lot of the same kinds of items - a big no no in minimalism. White, for instance, is perfect for tableware as it not only gives a clean look but is also suitable for all special (and ordinary) occasions.
Keeping your sink and bench as clear of clutter as possible, is a major factor in maintaining a minimalist kitchen. Let's be honest, there is nothing aesthetically pleasing about a sink filled with dirty dishes and a bench covered in all kinds of disorganised mess.
If you don't have enough storage space in your kitchen, take advantage of wall shelves - they are perfect for items you would normally leave lying around on top of your kitchen bench/island (i.e. items you often reach for). Please note, wall shelves are not your leeway to piling up new clutter.
It can be difficult leaving tables and chairs completely free of clutter. We are all guilty of walking by these furnitures and leaving bits and pieces sitting on top, somehow believing that we'll eventually pick them back up and return them to where they belong. The most effective solution to this problem is learning to own just a select number of essentials that we need on the daily. After all, it is true that the less items we own, the less issues we'll have in keeping our spaces spacious.
If you're looking into being more energy efficient, we encourage you to sit your dining table near a window, so you can better enjoy the wonders of natural lighting and warmth. This will help you save money and electricity, whilst allowing your dining space to be filled with a cosy, more welcoming vibe.
Honestly speaking, eating is probably the most important part of anyone's day - seriously, who doesn't enjoy a good, satisfying meal, especially after a long day at work/school? Vamp up your downtime by decorating your dining area with your favourite flowers or nostalgic black and white images.
To achieve that natural, minimalist look, keep an eye out for quality, neutral-coloured furnitures. Neutral palettes with earthy tones always make an easy blend, giving your space a soft, clean look. It's very hard for these colours to grow out of style due to its calm aesthetics, so you'll definitely be saving money and time once you've decided on a specific look. If you'd like to add a pop of character to the overall view of your living space, a slightly bolder colour or two won't harm your home's minimalistic ambience.
Flowers are great for adding a gentle touch of colour to your living space. Plants, in general, are not only known to improve the quality of the surrounding air, they help to boost our creativity and productivity levels, as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing.
When you think 'statement piece', minimalism is probably the last thing on your mind. However, minimalist-style statement pieces do exist! And, they work perfectly in adding a bit of personality and expression to your homey habitat. Big framed artwork or images, for instance, are enough to give a unique twist to one's interior. Since minimalism should still remain the central theme, keep with the neutral tones (preferably, a maximum of 3 shades) you've been designing your home with.
Bedside tables can, often times, become a storage space for unnecessary clutter. If you feel that you need a small furniture, or furnitures, sitting beside your bed, we suggest you invest in ones that only come with table tops and no drawers. Drawers can sometimes be the enemy when it comes to minimalism, as they tend to get piled up with little things that you store away and forget about. Simple (drawer-less) bedside tables will help you notice what you have sitting on top, reducing the chances of forgetting the clutter you would normally have stored away in drawers.
Keep the surrounding space around your bed free from the non-essentials. Chairs, benches, tables, clothes racks, drawers, the TV, bookshelves, etc. are examples of furnitures and appliances you don't necessarily need sitting in your bedroom. Let's be honest, all they're really doing is taking up space you could be using to make more room in your peaceful sleeping area. Plus, you probably already have these homewares sitting in other parts of the home - so, why bring them into your bedroom?
To spice the atmosphere of your sleeping space a bit more, you could select a more bolder earthy tone for your bed sheets. Bedsheets are perfect for adding a little change to the bedroom vibe once in a while, allowing the overall look to have some interesting, eye-catching characteristics.
Don't treat your bathroom vanity top as a place where you can gather all the toiletries that you own. Limit the area to only having one hand soap, one fragrance, and a small plant, at most! You can store the rest of your bathroom essentials away in a cupboard or storage shelf.
The same goes for your shower and bathing areas. Only have out what you need (e.g. one body wash, one shampoo, one conditioner, one soap). Store everything else in a cupboard or storage shelf.
Avoid getting in the habit of stacking piles of books and magazines next to your toilet. Not only does it look messy, it's very unhygienic. As with spare toilet paper, store them neatly away inside a basket, canister or cupboard.
The key to maintaining a minimalist study room is ensuring your desk/table is as spacious and organised as possible. Take advantage of desk organisers, and avoid having too many things sprawled on top.
Long study tables are a great option for those needing more table space as they help keep things looking less clustered. Again, make good use of desk organisers to prevent the area from getting out of control.
Shelves, cupboards, and drawers are essential for maintaining an organised and mess-free office space. Take time to plan out how you'd like your office essentials to be organised. Suitable-sized boxes and containers are perfect for keeping bits and pieces together and storing them away in/on these furnitures.
Although it's easy to neglect the laundry area, keeping it tidy and spacious is just as important as it is keeping the rest of your home perfectly minimal. The neutral palette rule still applies in this space, so stay consistent with the colour scheme you have chosen.
It's typical for the laundry to come small and compact in size. Small spaces, however, are never a problem for minimalists. Be wise with the options you are given, and make use of every spot that is free for storing and organising laundry essentials. For example, walls and the tops of cupboards are handy places for hanging and keeping items that you don't use as often.
Modern apartments and smaller houses, these days, have moved away from designating an entire room for the laundry. Instead, they've gone the minimalist way by using a pantry-like space to fit in a washing machine, dryer, sink, cupboard, and shelving. This is a smart idea as you can simply hide away this space with a sliding or concertina-style door when not in use. It's also an excellent way of preventing things from getting piled up on the floor.