How to Go Minimalist at Home
Are you thinking of bringing minimalism to your home? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Minimalism has been growing in popularity, and many designers are creating spaces that reflect this design style.
YR Architecture Design says there are five characteristics of modern minimalist design, and they are:
- Simplicity in form and function
- Uncomplicated cladding and wall finishes
- Clean, open, light-filled spaces
- Simple detailing devoid of decoration
- Strategic use of materials for visual interest, texture, and personality
If that sounds like a design style that you can embrace, you may be wondering how you go about achieving it. Use these ideas to help you achieve your minimalist look.
- Find Your Reasons for Being a Minimalist: First, you need to ask yourself, “Why do I want to go minimalist?” Is it to help the environment? Do you just want to simplify your life? Do you love the way it makes a home look? No matter what the reason, knowing your “why” will help you to set a clear path for making it happen – and then it will help you to keep your home minimalist.
- Create Some Rules: While many people start strong with their desire to be a minimalist, eventually, things start to creep back into their home, and minimalism goes out the window.
- But by setting some rules, you can prevent this from happening. Think about setting up a “one in, one out” rule, which means nothing new comes into your home unless something else leaves. Another rule might be to require a 48-hour pause before you buy anything new. Create a few rules that will help you keep what you’ve worked hard to attain.
- Get Rid of Stuff: Now it’s time to get rid of things. You probably have way more than you need or want in your home – and you can’t go minimalist with all of that stuff. Give it away or sell it – but the important thing is to get it out of your space.
- Get Organized: Once you’ve decided what you are keeping, then it’s time to get organized. A minimalist style requires that there is little to no clutter around your home – and that means most things need to be stored away when not in use. You may need to invest in some creative storage solutions to help you keep everything contained yet accessible to you.
- Edit Your Home: Yes, you got rid of stuff, but now it’s time to give your home an edit. Minimalism requires a neutral color palette, lots of open spaces, and little to no decorations around your home.
- Take a look around your home and decide where you may need to do some additional editing. Do you have artwork that needs to come down? Spaces that need to be repainted? A busy rug that needs to go?
- Create a Capsule Wardrobe: Why should you create a capsule wardrobe if you want to create a minimalist home? Because clothing is something that often takes up a lot of space – space that can be used for other things. Who What Wear shares some essential items that you should have as you work to create a capsule wardrobe.
- Menu Plan and Simplify Your Cooking: And yes, menu planning and simplifying your cooking can also help you keep your minimalist style. If you stock your pantry with a million different ingredients, you take away valuable storage space. Fix recipes that require similar spices and ingredients – and use them up to avoid your kitchen becoming overrun with unnecessary things.
If you want to bring the minimalist style to your home – you can! Use these tips to get started and watch your space transform!