Interior design has changed in many ways over the years, but the general tendency that all solutions follow is to keep things sleek and simple.
The houses become simple and minimalist, to the general excitement of people whose tastes don’t support frills. Minimalist home decor isn’t about emptying the house – it’s about removing unnecessary clutter and underestimating elegance.
Minimalist living ideas are inspired by not exaggerated beauty, functional storage, airy and fresh, relaxing harbors.
Every modern interior design magazine or blog suggests open houses and neat furniture that should look beautiful and be functional at the same time.
They are a good source for solutions if you don’t know how to create a minimalist home design. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best minimalist home design inspirations to help you achieve the modern look you want.
You shouldn’t do everything at once
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Why would you complicate your life so much? There is time; You don’t have to “minimize” all rooms at the same time.
In fact, this is not even possible. It would cost you to pay for special cleaning and moving services and to think a lot about the items you want to keep at home.
You won’t be able to do it yourself, so avoid it.
Image source: Shinberg Levina’s architectural design
Go room by room and focus on the most important areas first. Choose what to do with current items and plan out the ones you need to buy.
Clean up the clutter
Image source: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard
It comes of course, but it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds. First, it will be a painful experience for people who are emotionally attached to their homes or are generally afraid of making big changes over time.
Because of this, you should start slowly without making undue changes. Not sure if you need these. Take out the elements you are sure are unnecessary and give yourself enough space to make wise strategic decisions.
Be brave and experiment: a minimal lifestyle requires this from you either way! If you feel like you don’t want to give away your belongings, think about the benefits of a spacious home where you can move around freely and do your usual activities.
Again – we are not saying that you should live with a bed and chair, but that you need to carefully choose minimal items.
Get rid of things that don’t make you happy
Image source: Jeff Karsken’s designer
Sounds poetic, but it’s a very good strategy for clearing up clutter and narrowing down the selection of items required. Take a critical look at your belongings and ask if they contribute to your positive mood and pleasant life activities. If not, throw them out.
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Minimal furnishings mean a few well-chosen and absolutely essential pieces. If it’s a living room, there should be a couch or love seat, small table, TV, and very minimal stand (no bookshelves!).
Accessories like lamps and artwork can be removed to make it even easier. If it’s a bedroom, a bed / mattress, dresser, and small bedside table are perfect enough.
Take your risk with floors
Image source: YLAB Arquitectos Barcelona
Flooring is the least time-consuming tactic for keeping a home looking minimal. Having the floors without carpeting is already a step towards mere aesthetics, as is using wooden floors and harnessing their timeless beauty.
Simple floors go well with any type of furniture, especially if they are enriched with glazed concrete and its marble-like glossy effect. If it’s definitely a rug, choose a cropped style and a neutral color that doesn’t require too much attention.
Image source: TaC Studios, Architects
We’re not implying that walls should be boring and boring, but that they should blend in with the rest of your interior. The cleanest option is to use white and matte emulsion paints. However, you can also use pastel variations from other colors that you like.
One thing to remember about white walls is smart artwork selection – all you need is a single, yet effective, masterpiece.
Simple windowing (or none)
Image source: John Maniscalco architecture
Frills and lace have no place in minimalist homes; they would just attract too much attention. As usual, keep the plumbing simple and clean and use blinds to make sure you have enough privacy. If possible, avoid windowing completely.
Give the light the attention it deserves
Image source: Christopher Simmonds architect
If you want a comfortable home, make up for the lack of excessive furnishings with as much light as possible. Give sufficient access to the room for the sun and natural light, and make sure there is ceiling / work lighting to replace it overnight.
Image source: John Maniscalco architecture
Oversized and deep drawers are a win-win solution for minimalist homes, not only because they store lots of paraphernalia, but also because they look absolutely stylish and replace large drawer racks and cabinets.
The added benefit is that you know where each item is and that you don’t have to spend hours checking every corner of your home.
Image source: Photographer Lisbet Spörndly
Minimalistic does not mean “no accessories at all”. If you don’t comfortably decorate your home it will get boring so you still need few things to break the monotony.
So put a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table or a family photo on the desk. Don’t elude those little joys that make life more enjoyable.
Make quality your priority
Image source: Stiff and Trevillion
Since you don’t spend that much money on furniture, choose the essentials with impeccable quality and invest more money per item than usual. A room with a few poorly designed parts looks pointless. So choose the best sofa or coffee table that you can find.
Reuse your old furniture
Minimalism is the art of great reuse. Remember to transform old parts and give them a new purpose, and plan additional uses for the ones you already have.
Fix and fix your things instead of replacing them with new ones. Old clothes, for example, provide enough fabric for creative DIY projects, as long as you know how to get the most out of your creativity.
Choose a focus element
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Minimalist decor is still decor. They decorate your space to attract attention, this time without the confidence you would have in a room full of elements.
Pick one or two key areas and work out the rest of the design accordingly. It can be a huge pain, a red lamp in a black and white bedroom, or a nice fireplace. You decide!
Patterns are your friends
Image source: Collected interiors
True story – wherever you can’t use a lot of colors, patterns do a great job! The best place to apply them is on the floor or upholstery, and there are plenty of solid options to choose from (stones, flowers, etc.).
Let’s call it the “modest mess” a house cannot do without.
Windows are essential
Image source: Bismut & Bismut Architects
If you can, add more windows and skylights. You will always benefit from additional sources of natural light as there is no need to install lights and bring in artificial lighting elements.
There are many options to consider depending on your home’s needs and budget constraints. Some people prefer fewer windows to hide in different places, while others turn an entire side of the room into an admirable French window. Your call!