We often think of minimalist interiors to be stark, cold, plain, and boring. These can be attributed to the design movement’s “less is more” motto, but there is actually more to life than just an open space that it offers. Minimalism has become a great deal in home renovation because it takes high regard for freedom, has a better appreciation of space and its functions, and puts focus on things that are truly essential in the home.
But how exactly can you make the most out of minimalism when you opt to use it on your home renovation project? Here are some tips:
- Combine form and function.
Minimalist design values function a lot, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave no room for form and art. You can actually do this by combining the two together. For example, instead of adding a wall to serve as a partition between the living and dining rooms, you may install a rotating swivel where you can place your flat screen TV.
This way, you are able to nail several design elements: (a) the wall became more functional not only because it splits the two rooms, but it also serves as a TV placeholder, and (b) it has become a focal point of the house due to its tweaked design.
- Get rid of the clutter and other unnecessary accents.
Minimalism in home interiors worships the principles of cleanliness and tidiness. Hence, you may want to unleash your inner Marie Kondo when doing a home renovation by removing all the unnecessary items in the house, especially those that don’t have any purpose or function.
Indeed, more space shall be available after cleaning up, but with the free space comes more area to place items that matter the most to your heart. You can then dedicate a part of the house for family mementos and other sentimental objects, and this space shall be for that specific purpose only.
- Limit your colour combinations.
People often think that minimalist palettes are utterly sad and boring, mainly because they deal with cold blues, greys, earth tones, and monochromatic white and black. However, there’s a practical reason for these shades. No, they do not intend to create a serious, monotone ambiance; in fact, they contribute to boosting a calming effect that flows around the house.
This is because these shades are not loud in the eyes, and they help balance the distribution of light across the room. They also keep louder accent colours such as red or yellow in a subdued manner, allowing more space for the mind and body to breathe.
- Streamline your furnishings.
In interior design, streamlining means you create a flow of least resistance towards motion or other elements that occupy the available space. Thus, when incorporating your furnishings, it is important to streamline them as well. This is because when they become more useful when they don’t get in the way of movement, from that of air passage and circulation to actual movement of the people living in the house.
You may want to remove a couch that just sits in a corner with nobody using it, or to replace a big coffee table with a smaller one. There are also tables that are specially designed to expand when necessary when unfolded; you may want to go for such furniture to save space on normal days, but at the same time be able to accommodate new items or guests during special occasions.