Minimalism has become a modern lifestyle buzzword with its own media gurus who promise that decluttering our homes and simplifying our lives will help us cope with an overwhelming world.
Minimalist design is about prioritising the essential. A minimalist building, object, or interior design is stripped to its core function, realised using limited materials, neutral colors, simple forms, and avoiding excess ornamentation to achieve a pure form of elegance.
Okay so lets look at some key characteristics of minimalist design:
Focus on functionality
Lack of superfluous ornamentation and decoration
Monochromatic, limited color palette, with color sometimes used as an accent to create a soothing environment
Use of limited, well chosen materials, such as concrete, steel, glass and wood
Everything has a place and a purpose
Use of space and natural light
Spotlight on craftsmanship
Interior design that is airy and uncluttered, often with open-play layouts and seamless integrated storage
Through implementing a minimalistic design in your home there are many benefits such as improved health; financial freedom; and easy upkeep.
Living in a minimalist home gives you the time to concentrate on your health like improving your diet, exercising more, reducing your stress or getting a good night’s sleep. Living in an uncluttered environment also reducing the toxins and dust building up in and around your stuff.
Minimalism gives you the opportunity to get out of debt. Instead of spending your pay check on disposable objects, you can invest in things that are going to last a lifetime or create memories.
We have complied a few tips on how to implement a minimalist deign in your home:
LESS IS MORE
The base of any minimalist interior is less is more. Spaces are kept in their simple state and every piece is curated in each room with intent. If you’re going to adopt the minimalist style, you’ll need to put more thought into the arrangement of your interiors and be always willing to remove pieces until it feels just right.
Minimalists may have less out on show. Through implementing cleaver storage options, you are able to have all your belongings and necessities, however just not out on show.
INVEST IN QUALITY
Minimalist interiors evoke quality. The home-owners decorate with classic pieces that will stand the test of time even with daily use. From the large furniture pieces to the bedding and cushions, buying quality will only enhance the pared-back aesthetic.
CREATE A NEUTRAL BASE
A classic minimalist home always starts with a neutral base. This creates a calm, fresh environment and the palette is easily built upon with similar colour tones and texture. A white base allows you to mix in natural tones of greys, tans and beiges without overwhelming the space.
PLAY WITH TEXTURE
To avoid the neutral interior feeling cold or bland, texture is added through materials and fabrics. This helps to add warmth and enrich the space.