Your introduction to minimal living

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Your introduction to minimal living

Lily Cichanowicz Lily Cichanowicz
Minimalist style bathroom by INT2architecture Minimalist
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Minimalism is very trendy right now in the world of interior design, but what exactly is meant by the term? Minimalism is all about utility. It’s a philosophy that emphasises the removal of all unnecessary implements within a given space. It calls for thoughtful practice of creating spatial harmony. In so doing, it gives those inhabiting the area a sense of focus and calm that would not be quite as easily attainable otherwise. In addition to all of this, minimalism is just undeniably cool aesthetically. It can make any room look hip and refined. It may come as a surprise that a lot of creativity and innovation in design can come from simply eliminating excess and working with what remains. Minimalism is a call to balance and clarity. Let’s explore how to successfully bring all of the elements of minimalism into your home. 

Create a more refined living area

Opting for minimalism in your living room allows for a more focused place to spend quality time with friends and family. The furniture should be basic and each ought to have a clear purpose. All colours are neutral in this particular example. Still, the space doesn’t seem to be lacking in style. The careful incorporation of decorative pillows, hardwood floors, and taupe ceiling make the room liveable and inviting. We can easily tell the function of everything in this room. The light fixtures are eclectic, and details like this offer the chance to personalize and add just the right amount of flair to the space. Allowing in as much natural light as possible is another great tip for creating minimalist designs that still feel warm and pleasant. Plants like these are excellent accessories in minimalist design because elements of nature help to bring that sense of spatial clarity to the room.

Include stylish but simple details in the kitchen

Since minimalism is highly concerned with functionality, the kitchen could certainly benefit from a minimalist makeover. Minimalism teaches us that working with the substance of the most fundamental elements of the room and doing away with the rest does not mean sacrificing variety and style. Although there aren’t any items in the space exclusively for decoration, the room does not feel bare. The combination of hardwood floors, stones, and black granite make the space feel Zen. The rest of the lights are subtle so as not to take away from the room’s simplicity. The glossy kitchen facilities give the kitchen a chic finish. Again we see the use of natural lighting in the minimalist space with the large skylight in the centre of the room. Due to its matching materials from both the flooring and the kitchen appliances, the bar and chairs seamlessly tie the entire room together.

Minimal touches in the bedroom

Using wood in your minimalist designs is a great way to add warmth. This bedroom by 21Arquitettos is quite dreamy due to the interplay between the ethereal light from the large window and the wooden panelling of the interior. Neutral is the name of the game with minimalism, which is one way this style of design is actually pretty easy. Choose whites, tans, and blacks and you have already won half the battle. Find the sense of minimalist clarity in glass details like the coffee table and vase in this bedroom. They are subtle but their interaction with the sunlight in the room is quite beautiful. The culmination of all these thoughtful details give the room an essence of effortlessness. Waking up in such a space is bound to help you more peacefully ease into your day.

Keep it simple in the bathroom

One common misunderstanding about minimalism is that it makes the space feel sterile and impersonal. We are here to say that this is simply not the case. This bathroom is testament to the fact that minimalism can be quite cosy! There are so many kinds of hardwood, and they all have a place in minimalist design. This hardwood in combination with the grey cups and linens gives the bathroom a more saturated feel, another welcome variation to minimalist interiors. The chalkboard paint is another stylish touch that can help give the room a more personalised feel without clouding the space with nonessentials. Another great addition to a minimalist space is a good-sized mirror. They enhance the room’s lightness though their reflective nature while also playing a functional role, particularly in places like the bedroom or the bathroom.

A focused study area

The study is a place where the clutter of books, papers, and electronics often accumulates and fuels our distraction. Increase your productivity through bringing minimal design to your study or office. It will calm your mind and help your concentration. Reduce things to only what is absolutely necessary. A great way to achieve minimalism is to include a basic desk table with a large surface. Go with wooden like this one, glass or another neutral shade. Strive to keep the desk void of unnecessary items. Get some shelves with doors to keep items stowed in an understated way. This example is a great opportunity to note that there is place for some art in the minimalist interior. Just choose carefully. A minimalist backdrop can actually accentuate your art most clearly. It can be a great way to pay homage to your favourite pieces.

Storage is the key to maintain a minimal kids room

A place where you might not think to go minimalist is your child’s bedroom. Simple surroundings can make your child feel secure and relaxed. This room is a great depiction of the way that bold colour can have a place in minimalist design too. The key to doing so is choosing the scheme with intention. This room adds blue and red accents to the whites and khaki coloured wood. The floating shelves are another great way to keep things sleek and functional. The desk space is large enough for your child to study, do crafts, or colour. The simplicity of the minimalist aesthetic can also translate to the easy organisation for your child. When the functions of each item in the space are clear, it can help them to understand where to put their toys when they are done playing because function is easier to explain than aesthetic appeal is.

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