A minimalist home isn’t just about looking good (although it does that too, make no mistake). It’s also about making your life calmer, less stressful and more liberating. Who wouldn’t want all of those things?
Clutter is a distraction. Not in the way the compulsive urge to check Facebook every 30 minutes is, but in a more quietly pernicious way. Everything within your field of vision tugs at your attention at least a little, so the fewer things there are, the more focused you’ll be.
Let’s be honest here. Most of the stuff taking up space in your home isn’t even stuff you need. It’s just crap you inherited or bought to soothe the ache of a bad breakup or ordered off Amazon while you were drunk. It’s weighing you down and making it harder for you to pack up and flee the country if needed. Ditch all the nonessentials.
Easier Spring Cleaning
A minimalist home means easier cleaning at all times, spring or otherwise. Is there anything worse than dusting under a thousand tchotchkes whose significance you can’t even remember? The more stuff you have, the more cleaning you have to do and the harder that cleaning is. This isn’t rocket science.
Ok, And Visual Appeal Too
There’s no denying it. Minimalist homes just look good. Damn good. Do you want to live somewhere that looks like it’s halfway to being a hoarder’s house? Nope, and that cute girl from the bar down the block doesn’t want to see it either.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK
The most important step to achieving minimalism is adapting your philosophy to the previous section, but, to make things easier, let’s break the ideals down into some easily actionable steps.
Start With The Furniture
The big ticket items come first. The fewer pieces, the better. Aim for plain, simple designs and clean lines. Once you’ve settled on the focal points of the room, you can design around them.
Your motto is “Only the essentials.” Look at every single thing in the room and ask if you really need it. If you can live without it, do exactly that. Strip the room down to its bare bones – you can always add a few carefully chosen details later.
Floors. Walls. Flat surfaces. Everything should be unimpeded space. Remove anything stacked or visibly stored. Keep decorations and artwork simple and to a minimum. Anything that doesn’t fit into those categories should be donated, tossed out, or stored out of sight.
Not to give the proverbial dead horse another kick, but seriously – storage should be invisible. Bookshelves can certainly be used for their intended purpose, but shouldn’t be home to much else. Otherwise, all storage should be concealed. You may even want to declutter your storage areas.
Keep It Simple, Stupid
You don’t want the room to be boring, but you don’t want to lose the minimalism either. Artwork and decorations should be simple accents. Solid colours are better than complex patterns (which are visual clutter). Plain window treatments – or even bare windows – are best.
If you’re worried about your space being plain, there are opportunities to spice things up in subtle ways. Playing with texture adds visual interest but isn’t distracting, especially with a monochromatic colour scheme.
Likewise, colour can be used as an accent (as long as it isn’t overdone). A single wall of colour has a dramatic effect, if you’re looking to go bold. If you prefer a more delicate approach, add splashes of colour in smaller details – like pillows, placemats or towels – to draw the eye and add energy to the room.