Designing your home
How’s the Serenity? Minimalist Home Design Ideas
Love sleek lines, simplicity, and space? Want to cut the clutter and stop searching for your own stuff? Then you’re a perfect match for a minimalist home. Here are some helpful minimalist home design ideas to give your home a clean, fresh look – and achieve a less stressful lifestyle.
What is minimalism?
Quite simply, less is more. Surfaces are clean and uncluttered, and design is stripped back to the essentials. By removing unnecessary items, spaces feel larger and more peaceful. Two key hallmarks of the style are simplicity and functional design. This means every element needs to serve a dual purpose: it has to be practical as well as look good, complementing the pared-back aesthetic. Interior design is clean, featuring crisp whites, neutral colour palettes, and a variety of textures.
Why choose minimalism?
Being surrounded by clutter can feel overwhelming and chaotic. On the flipside, research shows that an uncluttered and clean space inspires a sense of calm and can reduce stress. Minimalism creates a soothing environment, but you need discipline to keep surfaces clear.
Minimalism: a step-by-step guide
To achieve a minimalist design aesthetic, there are four key tips to follow:
- Assess each room with a critical eye. Remove clutter and eliminate anything that’s not necessary. Ensure surfaces are clear and sparse, and invest in hidden storage to keep everything tidy. In short, find a place for everything and commit to using it, so things like keys, bills, and kitchen appliances are tucked out of sight.
- Choose a neutral colour palette, using whites, greys, and biscuit-coloured tones for a classic backdrop. It doesn’t have to be monochromatic. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to combine colours that occur in nature and choose two or three colours at most. You could have one colour as the dominant base, a secondary colour layered on top of that, and a third colour reserved for accents.
- Streamline your furniture and choose high-quality pieces. If you remove unnecessary pieces or overly-large furniture from your home, you’ll create ‘negative space’ and open up the room. This creates an instant feeling of calm.
- To prevent interiors from feeling stark, add layers of texture with items like throw pillows, light fixtures, and rugs. Wood and wool complement this aesthetic well and create contrast with a neutral base.