Nothing is more comfortable and restful than a clean and tidy room or house for that matter. There may have been studies that show that smart people tend to be disorganised, but there are also studies that reveal how stress levels increase when your environment is messy and chaotic.
For a lot of people who are always on the go, keeping your house clean requires diligence and dedication. However, there is a much better idea than cleaning, one that requires less cleaning – a minimalistic home interior.
Sticking to the basics and removing everything that isn’t necessary has a significant impact on your mental and overall health. And not to mention, how chic and elegant a minimalist interior looks. However, achieving this simplicity is not necessarily a walk in the park.
If you have been contemplating about embracing minimalism, here are a few practical tips on how you can achieve this look without much hassle.
Free Your Space from Clutter
Take a long look around your house – does it need some clearing up to do? Are your things just strewn all over the place? Are you surprised that you can find magnets, car keys, and even socks in your file drawer or your bag?
Get rid of all these clutters immediately if you truly want the look and feel of minimalism in your house. Make a quick inventory of your space and decide what things should stay and what should go (don’t get sentimental!). After getting rid of the non-essentials, organise the rest according to priority.
Be consistent and make it a habit of going through each room every once in a while. You’ll be surprised how there will always be something you can simplify or get rid of. To prevent disarray again, designate a specific spot for everything and make sure they stay in place.
It’s All about the Basics
Minimalism is about the basics, and that includes your base colour. The minimalist design embraces subdued colours, such as beige, white, or greige. These colours do not only look clean and fresh, but they also have a calming effect on your senses. You might think that neutral translates to boring. You’re wrong! Minimalism, when done right, is one of the interior designs whether you have a sprawling living room or limited living space.
Choose Quality over Quantity
One of the challenges you may face when it comes to minimalistic design is the limited quantity you have to work with, making the decision process much trickier than usual. You need to thoughtfully consider each piece before you make a decision on what goes into each room. No matter what your choice is, your goal is to create a clean space where you want to spend more time in.
With this in mind, quality should take precedence over quantity in your decision-making process. It also means investing in the classics rather than what’s trendy because the former would be the one to stand the test of time. Such pieces are also interesting because of the history of each piece, making them ideal conversation subjects when you have guests.
Embrace the ‘In and Out’ Principle
Minimalism discourages getting sentimental over things and holding on to them. On the contrary, it embraces thoughtful consumerism because you have to give careful thought whether or not something deserves to get inside your personal space. Such practice is good because you can accumulate a lot within a short span of time. Think about how a lot of unnecessary things begin to pile up and occupy your drawers, cupboards, shelves, even the space under your bed. Worse still, these things are now full of dust and taking up valuable, living space in your house.
Prevent ‘clutter catastrophe’ by embracing the ‘one in, one out’ principle. The principle is based on the practice that for every item that comes into your house, the same amount should also be removed and gotten rid of. By adhering to such principles, you prevent things from accumulating.
Similar Tones, Different Textures
Finally, neutral tones can look boring or cold, but there’s a strategy on how to make it interesting by using texture. For example, you can use beaded pillows, knitted throws, and velvet decor of the same colour. Mixing these textures is a feast to the senses.
To avoid overdoing it, experts suggest taking inspiration from nature. For example, tan and beige tones are perfect matches for a white base.
Let nature guide you, and you’ll never go wrong!