7 Tips to Create a Minimalist Home Interior Design
The minimalistic home is a simple yet sophisticated type of design that aims to express simplicity in its best form. The aim of minimalism is to create a space that allows you to be more productive and calm. Minimalism focuses on the elimination of physical objects and psychological clutter from your home, office, or even phone contact book because anything that isn’t necessary for good design influences your life (and your happiness) negatively.
Minimizing your surroundings also ensures you don’t have too many physical items cluttering up your living space, and it can help you avoid getting overwhelmed by too much information. Decluttering, in general, is proven to improve well-being substantially as people have fewer things competing for their attention, so they’re more effective and productive.
Take time to review your home interior design: look around at everything you have, ask yourself what purpose it serves, and if there’s a way of using something else instead. Try to consider every item in your possession as a potential candidate for removal from your house entirely. So how do you go about creating the most minimalist homes? Here are seven tips that might help:
- Choose the right material for the job
Most people would associate wood with classic elegance and sophistication, but wood can seem heavy and oppressive when covering large spaces such as walls or floors. It’s fine in smaller amounts, though – consider using wooden wall panels or tongue-and-groove paneling for visual interest without overdoing it (like the example below):
Use your imagination to create a minimalist space that suits you. You can use any material you like, but don’t use too much of one; decorate with just the right amount of elements for visual interest without overcrowding the room.
You could also try using a combination of materials:
– Glamorous stoneware tiles and simple wooden cabinets in this kitchen:
- Mix textures for interest and depth (but without clutter)
Textures are important because they help make an interior design unique and interesting to look at – think deep pile rugs juxtaposed against sleek, hard flooring or wood paneling. By mixing different textures together, you can create an area that’s visually dynamic and full of interest without adding clutter. Choose different textures to create an interesting look; you can mix hard materials like metal or wood with soft ones such as silk or velvet.
- Use lighting to highlight your personality
Ambient lighting will help create a space that’s suited to you, which is particularly important if you’re creating a minimalist room where every object has meaning or is there for a purpose – in this case, the light needs to be just right, so it doesn’t distract from the design itself.
To achieve the best effect, choose lamps that are adjustable and have dimmer switches to allow you to change the atmosphere of your conversation area when you need it most: for example, at night time when chatting, a little bit of mood lighting is all you need.
- Invest in quality furniture and materials to make your interiors last longer
Low-quality furnishings don’t just look bad; they’re often uncomfortable, too. Opting for the best quality you can afford will not only ensure your home interior design looks incredible, but it will also serve a functional purpose: good quality furniture lasts much longer than cheaper alternatives, and it’s usually more comfortable, so you won’t have to replace chairs or beds which lets you enjoy them for longer. It might cost more initially, but investing in decent pieces that are built to last will actually save money over time because you won’t have to keep replacing items – this also means that when guests come around your house, people won’t notice the furniture isn’t expensive because high-quality items don’t look as if they’re cheap.
- Take your interior design to new levels with advanced lighting
As you create a minimalist space, remember that light is key – it helps make an area come alive and can even define it completely. Providing lighting in every area of your home while still keeping things minimal is all about choosing the right materials for the job; glass and metal are particularly versatile for creating subtle illumination or bright atmospheres (see below), while wooden fixtures may be more suited to darker rooms with lots of black elements such as this:
When using glass to illuminate a room, choose quality versions that will help reflect light better. For example, replacing perfectly good fluorescent tubes with bespoke glass lights that diffuse light more naturally will instantly transform your room – and it’s easy to do yourself if you’ve got some spare time on your hands:
- Use color sparingly for a restrained design
Suppose you want to keep a minimalist home interior simple. In that case, it’s important not to overdo the color scheme – choose just one primary color for the majority of the space and use accent colors to create an interesting focal point or just mix different shades together. Dark colors are particularly popular in minimalist designs because they’re slimming and create a warm atmosphere when combined correctly.
- Don’t forget about storage
A common mistake in creating a minimalist home interior is focusing too much on making everything look great and not enough on actually using the room. It’s important to create storage options wherever possible; while open shelving looks good in minimalist rooms, you might find it more practical to have cabinets or cupboards for your possessions. Remember that if all different items are in plain sight, they will look cluttered, so use baskets or containers to hide things away.
With a minimalist home interior design, you can create an environment that is easy to clean and maintain. This type of design also has the added benefit of making your space feel larger than it is. If you want to learn more about how this style could work in your own home, reach out to us today for a free consultation on how we might be able to help make your dream come true. We’d love the opportunity to show you what we do best.