OK, it’s time to talk minimalism. Yes, we know that minimal interior design can sometimes come across as cold and sterile, but it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s all about embracing simplicity and making your home a calming and relaxing space, and who doesn’t want that? We know it might seem daunting, so we’ve rounded up 5 tips for achieving a beautiful minimal interior. Enjoy!
Do you really need those seashell turtles all over the place? How about those old magazines in the corner? Less is definitely more in the case of minimalism and while we know it’s a formidable task, trust us when we tell you that getting rid of physical and visual clutter is good for the sake of yourself as well as your home. Organized storage is a great way to keep items from imposing on the interior space and will stop you running around trying to find that pair of scissors you thought you saw somewhere in that pile over there.
2. Keep your colour scheme simple.
Do not be afraid of white space! If white is just too stark for you, stick to neutrals or add an accent colour, varying the hues if you must, and adding texture and (simple) pattern for visual interest. Remember, you want to create a calm, streamlined effect rather than a busy or chaotic one.
3. Create a balanced space.
Symmetry is the easy way to go here, so arrange pillows symmetrically on the couch, or hang paintings or mirrors on either side of the couch. If symmetry is not your thing, create a more informal sense of balance by arranging dissimilar objects with equal visual weight – a large object one one side of the couch and a group of smaller ones on the other, for example.
4. Choose a focal decor point.
Accentuate a beautiful fireplace by hanging a stunning piece of art over the mantle, or position a bold couch at the visual centre of the room, drawing attention to a conversational area. All other decor and design elements should radiate from the focal point.
5. Group Similar Elements
We know you want to show off your beautiful collections or vacation pictures so to avoid cluttering up the walls and surfaces around the room, create groups of similar objects, such as photo frames and make a bold visual statement.
See, minimalism doesn’t have to be stuffy and boring. In fact, even the most dedicated hoarders among you are only garage sale (or two) away from a minimalist sanctuary of your own. Check back with us next week for more design ideas and don’t forget to sign up for our weekly blog at the top of the page. We also have some pretty fantastic inspiration on our Pinterest and Houzz pages, if we do say so ourselves…