In stark contrast with the basic mechanisms of the modern, possession-obsessed society we live in, minimalism has grown a bit of a cult following in recent years. With its oft-repeated mantra of “less is more”, it preaches restrained consumption of goods and has gradually found its way into most spheres of life, interior design included.
Minimalist interior design is now a dream for many of us – but how can we possibly achieve it when our houses burst at the seams with surplus belongings? It may certainly require some serious decluttering for some but the idea behind minimalism is as straightforward as it gets; whether you’re a true-born minimalist or a hoarder in need of a fresh start, here’s a set of practical rules and tips to go by to give your interior that sparse, sleek, soothing look.
Focus on function & keep it simple
As you transition to minimalism in your interior design, your new priorities need to be the functionality and simplicity of everything and anything you put in your redesigned room. That kind of mindset will help you steer clear of clutter – the greatest enemy of minimalist design.
Go with neutral colors & stick to them
Choose a defined color palette – and while subdued hues are a great way to inspire a sense of calm in your interior, this doesn’t necessarily have to be your standard beige or white. Just remember that once you commit to a certain color scheme, there won’t be any coming back or mixing it up at random; consistency is the key here.
Allow some breathing space in between
Bear in mind that empty space and clean walls are a crucial part of the minimalist design, and it’s important that you should leave them this way. Getting rid of unnecessary decoration is of equal importance, so give a long hard look to all those dust collectors on your shelf. The only things you really want to keep are the ones which are either central to your design or functional.
Store clutter out of sight
In tune with the above, you need to plan your storage in a way that will help you resist the temptation of leaving all sorts of uninteresting everyday objects all over the place. As much as this is possible, clear all surfaces of clutter by putting it out of sight – ideally into drawers, cupboards and so on.
Consider using a hero piece
Don’t assume that minimalist interior design is all about keeping it uneventful; on the contrary, a standout work of art like a painting or an oversized piece of furniture in a bold color may work as a fantastic anchor for your room’s muted design.
Add depth with texture or artwork
If you’re not ready for a loud, provocative centerpiece, another option to make the place come alive to some extent is to enrich it with interesting textures or perhaps some monochrome artwork – in line with your overall color scheme of course.
Use a plant in your design
A plant is always a great addition to any interior, regardless of the style, and it will work wonders with minimalist designs too. If you are looking for an intriguing flower pot to complement your design, make sure you have a look at our extensive collection of fiberglass planters.
For even more insight on adding plants to your room’s decor in a smart way, see our introduction to plants in interior design.