Taken from the art form minimalism, the Japanese highly influenced the creation of minimalistic design through their traditional style and architecture. The design is simple – reduce everything down to its necessary elements.
Plaza Velvet Stool with Luxe Sofa
I wonder how many homes have unnecessary elements? With our hectic lives, I’m sure many of us have objects in the home that we just don’t need. But can you imagine the satisfaction and fulfilment if the only things on our kitchen worktop where the bare essentials such as a kettle and toaster? How calm and relaxed would you feel knowing that everything was in it’s rightful place and the area looked clean, clear and spacious?
Well, we can help. From the kitchen to the bedroom, in this guide, we tell you all you need to know to help you create a minimalistic home. So you can feel less stressed and take pride in your home.
Start with Furniture
Always start planning your room with the key furniture items. Remember that less is more, so always try to see the functionality of the item. If it has no purpose and is never used then ask yourself is it truly essential. I would advise people to go for a few choice pieces of plain and simple furniture with subdued colours, decorative items beyond the essential can always be added later on. See the images below for achievable ideas to incorporate into your kitchen, dining room and living room.
Clear the Space
This means floors, surfaces and walls – make sure that all clutter is out of sight. Nothing should be stored on the floor or stacked. Try to buy furniture that has maximum storage. Surfaces should be removed of all items apart from one or two decorative accessories. Remember that when choosing wall art, it is important to only have one or two simple pieces as lots of pieces can make the space feel smaller. Always try and leave some walls bare.
Keep the Decor Plain
White is the classic minimalistic colour but other subdued earth colours can work too, such as blues, greens and browns. Avoid big and bold patterns such as flowers and checks as these can create visual clutter!
Liven up any plain colours with simple decorations. A vase of flowers or a selection of candles can add interest without adding clutter.
And Finally….. Keep it up!
It is important you find a place for all clutter and remember where that place is. Every so often have a look at the space and see what items are unnecessary. Remember a minimalistic home is a less stressful one!
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