Minimalism is basically intentionally living with only the things that you really need. Although scientists suggest that messy people are smarter than those who live in a tidy space, it was also proved that it might not be so good for your stress levels.
Having an uncluttered, clean and straightforward space may actually soothe you. Also, minimalism doesn’t have to be boring if implemented well. You could create a sophisticated and elegant space even with a simplistic approach to interior design.
So let’s get into some ideas for implementing minimalism.
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Opt for a neutral base
When creating a minimalist space you should first think about the base colors. You should opt for neutral, pastel colors in order to balance the space if you choose to place objects with bright, eye-catching colors.
Make sure to choose pigments that can blend in easily. Also, take into consideration the openness of the space. If your home has a lot of natural light, the white paint tends to look warmer so balance it out with blue undertones. If your space has a lot of artificial lights, do the opposite.
What happens is that the level and the type of light influences the undertones of the white paint. So keep this in mind when choosing the base colors.
Keep it clean
It is well known that keeping your house clean is a must for implementing minimalism into your life. Let’s be honest. We all have those drawers left somewhere full of unnecessary objects, some piles of papers on the kitchen counter and other things that stop us from embracing the full potential of minimalism.
Take some time and start organizing your space. Establish what you need and what you have to throw away. We have a full article on organizing which may help you.
Also, be consistent! It is not enough to clean up space once. Every once in awhile take a look and do the same process.
A minimalist space is prone to looking dull because of the color scheme. It doesn’t have to be that way. Don’t be afraid to play a little with the textures.
You could choose textured wood, natural stone or just add some blankets, rugs, pillows, whatever you prefer.
But keep in mind the fact that you shouldn’t exaggerate with the textures. Keep it simple and classy.
Choose geometric shapes
Minimalism is usually based on geometric, simple shapes. All the furniture should have at most a bend. Avoid objects in a spiral.
A minimalist home needs symmetry in order to keep your eyes focused and entertained. The whole purpose of minimalism is to get rid of the unnecessary objects that could distract us from what is actually important and valuable.
Keep it simple
Following the principle “less is more”, get rid of the objects that you don’t need. For a minimalist design, opt for spacious storage, preferably somewhere not visible.
The fluid movement is an important factor in a minimalist home so always keep in mind the spatial planning!
With that being said, play around with your options. It doesn’t have to be boring. Just keep it classy and simple and create your own minimalist space with an elegant approach to interior design.
Also, if you are interested in how to become a minimalist check out our article on that topic!
Here I listed some books about minimalism which you could find interesting and helpful in your journey: