A Guide To Creating A Minimal Home26.4.16
Minimalism is characterised by simple forms or structures and the simplicity of adornments or decorations. Very slight in size or amount...
Minimalism is characterised by simple forms or structures and the simplicity of adornments or decorations. Very slight in size or amount, minimalism aims for a minimal standard of living with the least possible things that allow for an adequate existence. That, of course, varies from person to person yet the principle remains the same; a minimalist home is about eliminating the unnecessary and streamlining our lives.
Tackle One Room At A Time
Unless you have only just moved in, trying to tackle your entire home at once is a huge mental and physical chore. Start one room at a time; focus intensely on that space until it is complete before moving on to the next.
Clear The Floors, Surfaces, And Walls
Eliminate unwanted, unused, and unsightly items that are cluttering up your home. Keep only the essentials and meaningful belongings; if you can live without it, remove it. Floors should have nothing but furniture on them, surfaces should be free of clutter with minimal decoration, and the walls should be adorned with selectively chosen artwork.
Remove Unused Furniture
If it’s unused or getting in the way, donate to friends or family who might find a better use for it. Furniture should be chosen for its form and function, unnecessary furniture is just bulky clutter that we’re better off living without.
Replace “Busy” Patterns And Colours
A minimalist home works best with a neutral colour palette. Remove and replace busy patterns and loud colours with subtle tones and the whole atmosphere of your home will change. While most minimalist opt for while, any solid muted colour works well although pops of colour can still be introduced.
Give Everything A Place
Keeping a home tidy is easier when things have a place to belong; store as much as possible out of sight and provide a place for everything to be stored. Making sure items are stowed away after use helps maintain a minimalist home with a clean and tidy appearance.
When making new purchases, remind yourself of the type of space you’re trying to create. Decorate sparingly with consciously purchased items. Find a purpose or use for them otherwise keep decorations and adornments to a minimum. Houseplants are a more enriching alternative to ornaments if you’re looking to introduce a little more life and colour to a home.
Contrary to popular belief, minimalist homes do not have to be sparse, lacking in colour, or void of personality. Minimalism is about reducing things and being conscious of our environment. It’s not about adhering to someone else’s rules about how we should or should not live.