When it comes to the great design ideas, there aren’t many of them out there that give you as much as minimalism. First of all, you get to design your home, save money and create a more practical and inspiring living environment. These several ideas alone are more than reason enough to make the minimalist approach more than compelling. To make things even better, you don’t even have to decorate your entire home in this manner in order to reap the full benefits of minimalism. You can partially adopt several elements of this style and still get to reap some of the above-mentioned benefits. With this in mind, here are three ideas on how to achieve a modern minimalist home design with as little effort as possible.
The first thing you need to think of in any design is the issue of the right pallet you should use in your home. The safest, simplest and the most effective solution is to go full monochromatic. What this means is that you should use only the hues of a single color (in addition to a few neutrals, like shades of white and gray) in a decoration of a single room. As for the very choice of color… well, it depends on the message you want to send or the effect you want to achieve.
Sure, some people may argue that this doesn’t leave much room for playing with contrast but this is mostly due to their lack of imagination. Namely, you can always play with different forms of contrast, like bright vs dark or large vs small. There are even those who went as far as to choose vertically shorter items that are darker and then scale brighter and brighter as they move upwards. With this in mind, it is more than clear that going monochromatic doesn’t restrict you in any way. If anything, it allows you to show your creativity in a completely new environment.
Focus on Space Management
Being efficient in space management is probably one of the most useful skills in designing your home in a minimalist fashion. Here, however, you need to be extra crafty. You want to start by stripping your home down to its most basic elements, so naturally, your first step should be a thorough cleaning project. You can do this on your own or hire rubbish removal services. This particular choice mostly depends on the amount of rubbish and the complexity of job at hand.
Next, you want to start prioritizing as much as you can. One of the ways to do so is to apply a simple three years’ rule. According to it, every item you haven’t used in more than three years needs to be removed. Of course, this can be a bit problematic when it comes to accessories, seeing how one doesn’t actually ‘use’ them in any way. Here, you will have to be a bit subjective. Keep in mind, however, that the more items you ‘evict’ the more attention you will point towards those that are still present.
Minimalism and Sustainability
One of the main ideas behind minimalism is one of sustainability. As a species, humans take up much more space and resources than they actually need, so in your minimal design, you can finally get a chance to make a difference. First of all, the fact that you are choosing bare minimum when it comes to the number of your household items but you can also do a thing or two about their nature and the materials they are made from. For instance, in 2017, furniture made from reclaimed wood is all the rage. To make things even better, their nature and texture make it fit the minimalist theme just perfect.
As you can see, each of the above-listed ideas is completely viable even for someone who has no intention of making their entire home minimal. Seeing how each of these ideas looks good even on their own, aside from bringing some more than clear advantages to the table, they can be combined with any other style or trend you may have in mind. Still, going with modern minimalist as the main theme in your household’s decoration is a solution that is getting more and more popular by the hour. Through it, you can both optimize your living space and make it look completely unique while staying on the budget.
Author: Cate Palmer