According to studies, it is said that cluttered and overcrowded homes are linked to increased stress levels and depressed moods in humans. People tend to be mistaken and think that because you spend the most time in certain rooms of the house, that this is where most of your belongings should be stored, when in fact if you are wanting a nice room to just sit and relax, this is where minimalism can be especially impactful.
Now, I’m not saying run upstairs and throw absolutely everything away other than your bed and bedside cabinet because that’s not what minimalism is about, it’s about scaling back on things that may not be necessary to create a calming environment for you to be in, whether it be a single room or the whole houses’ design.
Put simply, minimalism is a reaction to the extremes that people followed decades ago. Way back when, interior design followed the “more is more.” motto which consisted of our rooms crammed with big, heavy furniture wall to wall and more accessories than we could count, meaning that even the biggest of rooms felt cramped and a little claustrophobic.
As the years went on and the trend faded, people became obsessed with the ultra-minimalism design of near-empty rooms, the slim, lightweight furniture and an almost clinical design to it.
Now I personally think that cosy-minimalism works best as it’s a happy medium between both extremes. It utilises the best parts of a function-forward design and combines them with just enough aesthetic detail to make your interiors feel comfy and welcoming.
To prove to you that it isn’t so hard to scale back, here are some ideas that can help you become more of a minimalist.
The great thing about minimalism is that it works great even with small-space living. Just a few swaps to furniture in a small spaced area can make the biggest difference, for example, instead of buying a big bulky coffee table for your living room, why not buy some stackable tables? They can be extended out so there are multiple places for guests to place their drinks but can also be hidden away when not in use.
When you’re creating your minimalist room, each item you incorporate needs to be thought through and have a strong contribution, it will not work if you are adding something to the room for the sake of it, this tends to mean that it is not necessary.
In small spaces, you can even get away with only having a few pieces of furniture, especially when you have an existing feature such as a fireplace or large window. By adding a small coffee table and some simplistic seats, it will still make the room look nice and cosy whilst not overcrowding the small space you may be working with.
Who said minimalists are afraid of a bit of colour?, or even a LOT of colour? The trick is to keep the room as much of the same colour tone as possible as it’s when you start adding different colours that it begins to get a little crazy… Make sure to find a colour that you feel is calming to you, bright and warm colours don’t make me feel calm but may to others, it is all down to personal preference, after all, it’s you that will be looking at the room the most.
If you didn’t already know, minimalism is a lot about keeping your rooms clutter-free or at least to a minimum. Now we all know that no matter how hard we try that things do tend to accumulate things over the years and that’s why storage is a key aspect of keeping things minimal. Any space that you can use to store things, under benches, on floating shelves, cupboards in walls really help create a tidier and neater look, being smart and utilising all the storage space you can really help prevent cluttering up a room.
Once you have the base of the room, without adding too much to the room you still want it to have a cosy feel and so it still feels like a home and not a showroom exhibition. By doing this well, you will just need a few pieces that contrast well together texturally to help the room feel much more interesting.
You don’t have to follow textures or layers exactly by making surer they are all the exact same but the goal is to create a sense of contrast between each one you decide to include.
Other than texture, accessories are the best way to add interest to your cosy minimalist room. An accessory can be anything that adds aesthetic value to a room. It can also add functional purpose but that does not always need to be the case.
Here are some examples of good accessories to include in your room and don’t worry about skimping on them:
You’ll want to add in enough of these items so that the room feels intentionally designed, rather than just thrown together but still finding the right balance so that the room doesn’t feel cluttered or cramped. Remember that it is also okay to change the design along the way if you don’t feel it works anymore too.
That is all for our minimalist decor ideas but always remember to stay true to you and what you like. If the minimalist design is not for you but you still want to cut down on the ‘clutter’ in your living space, some of these steps will help you a lot.
If you liked this blog and the idea of minimalism and clean spaces, make sure to check out our 10 Tips To Keeping A Clean Home blog, it’s got some great tips on how to keep the mess from piling up Or if you want something a little different but still in the theme of design, why not check our recent blog: 5 Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall.
Posted by: Charlotte
Charlotte loves writing about Home and Lifestyle topics. She is a neat-freak and hates it when anything is out of place!
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