How To Become A Minimalist?
Yes, It’s the word you hear a lot. It’s the trend, it’s the popular style. Minimalism is the word. But what really defines this style and how you can become one!
Well, in this piece we are going to enlighten you with the tips and tricks of minimalism and how to become a minimalist.
Minimalism concept applies to various domains from visual arts, web designs, graphic design to architectural and interior design, it’s a lifestyle! It is simple and it can be described in one word: BASICS!
Over time our homes and spaces become filled with accessories and furniture. Every trip introduces a new set of souvenirs and every birthday adds another garment to the house that sits around another corner under the dust. There comes a point that the clutter gets suffocating and this is where minimalism comes in place. It starts stripping things down to their most basic form. Its purpose is to make the elements stand out and be the focal point while embraces the clean living and removes the clutter.
Source: Ula Burgiel Interior Designer
Minimalism however can be tricky. It is an art in interior design as too much simplifying can lead to a cold and uninviting space. In this piece, we try to help you master this art and create a space with character and warmth.
The essential basics play a big role in minimalism. The open floor plan, abundance of light, functional furniture, beautiful materials, monochromatic palette of colours, and a play with texture are considered to be the essentials.
Now let us help you become a minimalist by taking our 9 steps towards simplicity:
- Own your space
Your home represents you, who you are and what you love. You should feel comfort and satisfaction at your home so personalise your space based on your taste. Whether it’s the layout of the home or the accessories at home, space needs to call out your name. Don’t be afraid to choose your belongings.
- Separate the precious items
To start decluttering undertake a thorough observation and separate your belonging into categories of ‘can’t live without’ and ‘can sleep in the closet’. Minimalism is about keeping the items that are more meaningful to you, give them the attention they need and put them in the correct focal point they deserve. Segregate what you really want to display from the ones you likely want to showcase. It is also a good idea that you showcase your items based on the seasons. This way not only you can display more of your items, but you will also feel refreshed and in sync with nature.
- Clear your walls, floors and surfaces
Over time your surfaces can be filled with random items. If you have artwork hanging on your wall, magazines on the coffee table or ornaments on your shelves, this is the time to take a step back and think about what you want to showcase and where you want them to be. Remember less is more. Clear all the ‘can sleep in the closet’ items from your surfaces. And remember that it is about quality and not quantity.
- Add storage space
Just because minimalism means less items to showcase it does not mean that you should get rid of all your belongings. This is the time to think about storing your items in an organised smart way. Get boxes and baskets and store your items in there using proper labels. You may want to reuse these items and display them seasonally.
- Adjust your furniture
This is the time to have a good look at the furniture that are lying around your house. See if the style still applies to your taste or the colour matches the neutral base colours you are recommended to adopt in minimalism style. You do not have to go for brand new items you can simply go for affordable second furniture that is modern and simple in style and colour. You may also consider the furniture that adds storage to your home like a coffee table with drawers.
Source: Nordic living
- Create clear lines
When you look at your room your eyes need to dance on the visible surfaces. You need to create focal points. For example, you do not need to cover your wall from top to bottom with artwork and photo frames, be selective and choose a few eye-catching artworks to your walls or use a unique succulent plant for your dining table as a centrepiece.
- Use monochromatic shades
To create a warm, simple and light tone for your space as intended in minimalism use a monochromatic shade of colours. A white base can always help to incorporated other colours of grey, beige or tan into your design. Try to use different shades of the monochromatic colours to avoid the dullness of the neutral colours.
- Introduce texture
It often happens that with incorporating neutral colours the warmth of the space can be compromised. This problem can be tackled by introducing texture into the interior design of your space. Add fabric and textile such as rugs on the floor or throws on the sofa. Use mats for your bathroom floors and don’t be afraid to use textured or grained tiles or wooden elements to the design as they all assist in creating a warm space for living that go well with monochromatic colour schemes.
Source: Ula Burgiel Interior Designer
- Trial and error
It is not easy to be a minimalist but it is also not impossible. After the first try, you might feel that your displays are out of place. Do not worry. Keep changing the location of your items until it feels right and trusts me when I say there comes a point that it FEELS RIGHT!