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    How to nail minimalist home design

    Ideas to up your "less is more" look

    Hannah | Oneflare

    A minimalist decorated room exudes a contemporary and calm feel. It rides off the notion of ‘less is more’, and its style is all about restraint and simplicity. It’s an extremely popular and relevant style, yet it can be challenging to execute perfectly. Here’s how to nail a minimalist home design.

    What is minimalist home design?

    It is the art of making your interiors functional, comfortable and beautiful, while using as much empty space as possible. In this form of interior design, you play with outdoor views and light around the room, and create an eye-catching focal point. The concept of de-cluttering your home is meant to bring peace and harmony, and gives everything a supremely free-flowing look. It’s all about removing all of the headaches that come with the messes in a cluttered house, leading to stress-free, supremely relaxing living. Minimalism can bring about a very healthy, all-is-calm feel for everyday life. 

    Source: Visualising Interiors

    A completely minimalist lifestyle will include very few extra things around the house. You won’t see frilly, decorative window covers, heavy throw rugs, or lots of extraneous pillows, cushions or tablecloths around. Most of the walls and most of the floors will be clean and clear. There won’t be any rugs on top of carpets, there won’t be many wall treatments or floor coverings, and there will only be a few art pieces hanging around – and they will be very strategically placed. 

    Selecting minimalist furniture

    Cost is not an important factor in choosing furniture for a minimalist home. You will be buying only a few pieces, so assign a generous budget and focus on style instead. A single couch, perhaps supplemented by a couple of side chairs, should do in the living room. Avoid beds with headboards, as these are hardly functional but take up space. Give preference to beds with built-in storage drawers, so that you don’t have to buy a separate chest of drawers to hold your belongings. While picking minimalist furniture, ensure that their size is proportionate to your rooms.

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    Minimalist flooring & walls

    Flooring has a big contribution to the ambiance of a room. Generally in minimal design timber, bamboo and more recently, vinyl is used. For your walls, opt for neutral colours like white, black and grey, or subtle earth tones for some warmth and dimension. Minimalist furniture means that both the walls and flooring will be very noticeable, so choose colours that complement each other. For example, beige walls would look great with hardwood flooring. You can take away the drab, sterile look of a home painted white or grey by adding stone veneer wall tiles for a natural look. Alternatively, paint a short wall in a contrasting colour and texture to convert it into a feature wall.

    Maintaining a minimalist home

    The advantage of limited furniture is the ease of cleaning. You won’t have piles of magazines gathering dust on the coffee table, or a number of greasy appliances on the kitchen countertop. Cleaning is still required regularly, though, because even the smallest stain is clearly visible in the bright, open space.

    Minimalist design tips

    Keep accents to a minimum

    While keeping furnishings to only the most functional elements is a plus, don’t think that you have to keep accent pieces to the bare minimum. Instead of filling your space with meaningless small pieces, choose just one or two statement pieces. One large piece of art on the wall is better than a dozen smaller pieces scattered around the room.

    Source: Ryan Linnegar Photography

    Inject subtle personality

    When deciding if you want to decorate your abode in a minimalist way, it can be a difficult task in executing the right balance between having it too cluttered or even too empty. A cluttered space can make you feel stressed and confused, whereas an empty space may cause feelings of emptiness and sadness. To avoid your home not really feeling like a home, scatter some well-placed family photos or favourite books in different areas to make the space familiar.

    Simple symmetry

    Simplicity through symmetry in design and layout is another element of minimalist design. We naturally feel more calm with symmetrical visuals, and this principle gives your furniture pieces room to breathe.

    Source: Lindy de Waal Interiors

    Light & bright

    Large windows are common in minimalist homes as it allows natural light to fill the room and the use of light colours for walls has the ability to make the room appear larger.

    Source: Whitefox Interiors

    Don’t be afraid of colour

    A common misconception is that in minimalist design, the only colours that can be used are neutral hue colours – this is wrong. It’s true that a light, simple and neutral hue colour scheme should be adopted, but accent colours are also essential. Whether it may be a bright teal blue or a splash of green, an accent colour can give life to a room.

    The use of some greenery in this bathroom is a clever way to liven up the space / Source: Visualising Interiors

    A minimalist home has the appearance of simplicity, but when it comes to decorating your home to be simplistic, it may prove to be more complex than you think. Connect with an expert interior designer to help you nail the minimalist style you desire.

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