Minimalist Interior Design: How to Live a Simpler Life

A minimalist approach to interior design has been steadily rising in popularity the past few decades. And while science says that messy people are smarter, science also says that women who live in a cluttered environment are more likely to suffer from higher levels of cortisol, which is a stress-related hormone. Honestly, I don’t find this hard to believe, we all know that feeling – the I have 4 loads of washing to do, haven’t hoovered in 3 days and need to change the bedsheets feeling.

Minimalist interior design has found its place among homeowners looking to eliminate the stress of clutter from their lives; homeowners looking to live a more stripped back lifestyle, wanting to return to basics; and to simply have a clean and clear living environment, after all a tidy home means a tidy mind.

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Whether you’re looking to embrace a more simplistic lifestyle at home or the office, minimalism could allow you to make substantial financial savings. As well as be all positive and Zen and such.

Here’s how you can live a stripped back, simpler life:

Achieving a Minimalist Interior Design:

  1. De-Clutter

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There’ s nothing complicated or misleading here, minimalism is exactly what it says on the tin. So, the first thing you need to do before you introduce new design solutions is to declutter thoroughly. This means everything that you don’t need: books, newspapers and magazines that you’ve read and left sitting around, clothes that you’ve not worn for longer than 6 months as well as any other nick knacks, objects and ornaments that aren’t needed or desperately wanted. You could even go as far as stripping back utility items too, for instance, how many plates do you own? How many match, I wonder? There’s no need for two rolling pins – what are the chances that you’ll need to use them both at once? Once you start analysing where you can cut down it’ll be hard to stop.

Achieving inner peace and serenity starts with eliminating extraneous details from your life, which extends to your living environment too. You’ll soon find that you never needed so much stuff in the first place.

However, rather than just throwing it all away, give it away to those in need. When you’re decluttering make three piles: keep, chuck and give away; your local charity shop will be more than happy to receive it.

  1. A Simple Colour Scheme

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A good foundation for a simpler living environment is an uncomplicated colour palette. Pure whites, creams, champagne, light greys and pastels as inextricable elements of a minimalist home.

Keep your minimalistic interior design theme interesting by experimenting with texture finishes on the walls and around the windows. This technique will gently break the monotony of a simple colour scheme and give a sense of understated grandeur.

A great plus about a simple colour palette is that it will leave room for creating a more diverse setting later-on if your taste changes or you sell up and move on.

  1. Create Focal Points

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The space you’re trying to distil will still need furniture and other objects to function, so it’s important to consider each element, its place and its purpose.

However, a minimalist interior design will come to life when the ambience is complemented with focal points that create a balanced environment. This type of ‘balancing’ is referred to as Feng Shui – it can have a huge impact on the atmosphere and tone of a room.

Start by stripping the space completely, back to a blank canvas. Then, slowly start enriching the bare space. For instance, begin with a sofa, then add monochromatic throw pillows and blankets or a complementary wooden table with horizontal grooves.

  1. Light, Health, Positivity

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[Photo Credit]One of the most important elements that define the minimalist interior design is light. Natural light, to be precise, permeating through your home will automatically make it seem happier and a metaphorically lighter place.

In terms of a healthy environment, you should take time to consider the air quality of your home. Installing air purifiers for mould in important or well-used rooms is especially important for pets and small children, as they can easily develop asthma and allergies if the air isn’t purified regularly.

Moreover, mould and mildew will not only affect your health but will disrupt the aesthetic of your minimalist design.

  1. Accentuate with Decorations

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Finally, a minimalist interior design shouldn’t be deprived of interesting décor and accents that’ll create a diverse setting. Minimalist interiors don’t need to be devoid of personality – only clutter! The operative word here is “accentuate” so use decorations to complement and highlight the ambience, just don’t overdo it.

For example, rather than choosing several pieces of art for a wall, try choosing a focal point and mount a single painting, quote art, or a collage of your favourite photos. When accentuating with towels, throws, and textures, make sure to allow the room to breathe by sticking to a similar colour palette, only in deeper hues. This will create soothing focal points rather than distractions.

 

Minimalist interior design is the gateway to a simpler lifestyle that’ll help you strive towards inner peace and tranquillity – two luxuries in the hectic environment of the 21st century. Fortunately, by following these essential tips, you will have an easy time creating the home of your dreams.

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