The concept of minimalist design is often mistaken as boring and lifeless but in fact, its focus on functionality makes every part of the house look lively and gives you a great opportunity to use bold colors and basic patterns. Here are some home decorating tips that will help you pull off a simple and minimal design.
Create a Clean Space
Having a minimalist design means removing all unnecessary objects in the space. Get rid of all the clutter and conceal as much of your things inside the cabinets and stylish boxes or baskets. Going through all your things and sorting them accordingly may be exhausting but the results—a more spacious look and a soothing vibe—make the effort definitely worth it.
Balance the Objects in the Room
Balance makes a difference in how the space is perceived. Align your furniture with the shape of the room, arrange lamps in flanks, and place your pillows on either side or asymmetrically to one side of the couch. Nothing should stick out as too big or too small. Every object should complement and coordinate with each other.
Pick Quality Over Quantity
In a minimalist design, it’s ideal to only include accessories that serve a clear purpose in the room. Consider sticking to a single or couple of functional accessories that will accentuate the space. A mirror is a popular choice because it can emphasize the height and width of the room, add a sense of wealth and class, and help improve the lighting. Put up artworks that complement the rest of the room. Group similar elements such as picture frames and collections of small objects in a designated area so that collectively create a bold design and do not compare too small to the furniture around them.
Light up the Room
Light plays a huge part in a minimalist design. Know the source of light and its visual effect on the room. A strategic use of natural light by having large windows or removing curtains altogether can come a long way. For artificial sources of light, consider using the objects already in the room. Installation of LEDs in furniture is an increasingly popular decoration decision and helps reduce energy use. If you are capable of spending more, it’s best to splurge on a single, great source of light such as chandelier.
Use Basic Colors and Patterns
While earth-tone and neutral colors are commonly used in minimalist decorations, a smart use of solid colors and basic patterns can inject more life into the room. Complex patterns are visual clutter, so use basic patterns in blankets or pillows. Solid colors are best for floor coverings as rugs and carpets. Just remember to have them cleaned regularly to maintain the solid color that livens up the room.
Sean Si is the Marketing guy of Electrodry Carpet Cleaning. He is the go-to guy when it comes to the latest home improvement tips. When he’s not busy, he writes about guides on a healthy home and life, and spends quality time with his family and friends.