Minimalism in the home: Can it be functional as well as stylish?
True minimalism means combining simple elements to create streamlined effects. It is all about getting rid of clutter and rebuilding the sense of connection with the place in which you live. As well as opening up those hidden spaces, minimalism has many functional benefits that could really improve your day to day living.
Floors in a minimalist home are wood, linoleum or stone tile; windows do not usually have curtains; walls are painted in neutral colors. All of this means less washing and cleaning for you, and a feeling of more light and space. Neutral colors can be white or cream, but include a range of many other shades, such as sand, beige, taupe, ecru, oatmeal, pale green, mushroom, and so on. Accent each room with a bold color, or something to focus the eye – for example a pendant light, a bowl of brightly colored fruit, or greenery or a flower arrangement.
A (smooth) line on furniture
Furniture consists of sharp geometric designs, streamlined shapes and straight lines. You’ll quickly start to feel the atmosphere of the room change when you make some simple substitutions for common furniture choices. For example, try placing a minimalist glass design table in the living room instead of a coffee table. Less bulky furniture means more space and less to bump into or trip over and the clear glass will allow the natural light to play on its surface in the way that a traditional table never could.
Only a few carefully selected ornaments and accessories should be on display, or none at all. Group picture frames together in a designated area. Arrange lamps in flanking pairs or asymmetrically, or arrange similar objects of different sizes in a group of three in the shape of a triangle. In the bedroom, a sleeping space which is free of clutter will improve your chances of creating a tranquil aura, where you can truly relax in preparation for a good night’s sleep.
Minimalist furniture makes use of glass, chrome, stainless steel and shiny surfaces – all of which look great in the kitchen and create an illusion of space. The added bonus is that it is easy to clean and once installed requires little in the way of maintenance.
In the kitchen
Kitchen surfaces do not have to be clear but they must be free of clutter and better use of storage means that things are easier to find and you can be more efficient in the storing of plates, dishes, cutlery and cleaning products. In the bathroom, use matching plain, simple pump dispensers instead of having numerous bottles of shampoos, conditioner, shower gel, soap, moisturizer, and so on. This will create a smooth, streamlined effect.
Take your first step towards a minimalist home by purging every room of things you do not need. Re-organize the space and storage you have to be more efficient, and aim for neutral decor with bold colors to accent. Choose furniture and accessories that boast simple, straight lines and look for glass and shiny surfaces to complement the look. You will find that a minimalist home feels light and free, is easier to keep clean and results in a far more organized lifestyle.