If we have learned anything from the last few years following the pandemic and now the current cost-of-living crisis; it’s that we need to try and make our lives as stress-free as we possibly can in the areas that we can control – one of which is our home environment. Your home is your safe haven and if you have a house that is cluttered and busy, it is likely that your mind will feel cluttered too. This is why at Alle Interiors, our word for 2023 is ‘simplify‘; which is all about creating a calm space within your home using Minimalist interior design.
Simplifying your home or the art of ‘Minimalism’ is just that – simple design which is open, clean, comfortable, uncluttered and uses minimal colour. By simplifying the design of your rooms and therefore, your whole home, it brings calm, comfort and warmth – but with the added benefit of sophistication. Clean and simple to some may equal boring white walls and an empty home, but this does not need to be the case. The ‘less is more’ approach has so many design and mental health benefits, and if you love space and clean lines, than ‘minimalism’ is definitely for you!
What is Minimalism?
If you are unsure exactly what ‘minimalism’ involves, it is also referred to as ‘reductive interior design’ and focuses on emphasising simplicity via clean lines, minimal colour and basic shapes. It aims to accentuate the architectural features of a room rather than concealing them with décor and some of its characteristics are: –
Open spaces – By featuring open floor plans and lots of light, it can help turn your individual rooms into soothing and calming spaces.
Clean lines – Rather than going crazy with your décor, minimalist style design means minimal patterns and details, with the architecture of a room accentuated to create a clean design.
Monochromatic colours – Minimalism uses a simple colour palette and often features different shades of the same colour and only uses saturated colours for accents, whilst keeping the rest in soft or neutral shades.
Functionality – This involves looking at how you use the individual spaces and just selecting functional, but less items of furniture. It thereby, strips a room down to the basics, providing only the elements necessary to live comfortably in that particular space.
How can I create minimalism interior design in my own home?
The first step is to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed and scared about how you will potentially change your whole home. Just take it room by room and start by decluttering first, as otherwise you will be working around all the ‘stuff’ that you have gathered over the years and won’t even be able to visualise the new clear space. If you are unsure of just where to start with simplifying your home, here are some tips: –
Go neutral – choose neutral colours and shades for your home’s colour palette, which doesn’t necessarily mean painting your whole home white. Look at neutral shades that complement each other without overwhelming your basic aesthetic.
Keep it functional – with minimalist interior design, every piece of furniture and art serves a purpose, but you also need to look at what you want to highlight in each room; whether you have exposed beams or a stunning window – as the aim is to make the décor functional and distraction-free.
Embrace white space – by embracing the empty space between tangible objects, this can emphasise your furnishings and the overall design of your home. Carefully consider where you place your furniture and how it feels to create a harmonious balance between space and the other elements in the room.
Add texture – by using different textures in your minimalist interior, it can add interest to your design and avoid it looking too stark. This can be via paints, textiles, plasters, marble, furniture, art, woods and other surfaces.
Carefully choose your artwork – adding too many pieces of artwork to a wall (as with furniture in a room) can create clutter. Elements to consider include colour, shape, size, and texture and how they fit with your minimalist style. It’s all down to personal preference as to whether you choose a few medium-size pieces of artwork or a single bold piece as the focal point for a room.
Focus on the small details – one thing people worry about with a minimalist interior is that their space will appear cold and uninviting. By adding small colour accents or soft textiles like wool and cotton it can really warm up a space and make it feel cosier.
If your home is getting on top of you and stressing you out, minimalist design has so many great benefits as it strips your home back to the basics and looks at what you actually need, rather than want and makes you really consider each item of furniture and its purpose. Your overall goal in creating a minimalist home is to reduce the clutter of a room whilst still retaining a welcoming atmosphere. By doing this it will dramatically change how you live in your home and will save time spent on cleaning for other more important things. Most importantly a clearer space at home equals a clearer mind.
Mood boards are one of the best ways to visualise how your new minimalist space or room will look in terms of styling and how it will feel. If this is something you need help with Alle Interiors are here to help with any advice, so, please do get in touch and you can view our products, collections and the services we offer at www.alle-interiors.co.uk
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