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How to Achieve a Minimalist Look

So you’ve been thinking about changing the design of your bedroom, living room or office? Can’t quite pick the perfect design style for you? Don’t worry! It’s a common feeling for most people. You don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars buying books to learn about the different styles, and you don’t have the time to spend hours researching every week to find new inspiration. Fear no more, a minimalist design for your home is the perfect platform to launch you into finding your ideal style of design.

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What is minimalism?

No, it’s not a new wave of passionate university students attempting to overthrow capitalism. It is a form of interior design that expresses beauty through a few key principles: open spaces, only one or two leading colours, and drawing attention to your favourite pieces of interior decoration. Minimalism, in interior design, is about achieving the best design possible through absolute simplicity.

It requires thought and, most of all, self-control. It is often very easy to clutter a room with all things beautiful. However, minimalism requires you to choose your favourite, most spectacular pieces to grab attention, rather than sit amongst a clutter of other wonderful things. Where classic design promotes excess, minimalism promotes restraint. If you want to make your room seem bigger, or you are just interested in trying out something new, then consider the following tips and take inspiration from the photos you see.

Colours

Studies have proven that a monochromatic paint base has the effect of enlarging our perception of room size. Basically, this means that by choosing one key colour as the base colour for our rooms, we can increase our perception of the size of the room. That is pretty enlightening stuff. Minimalistic design typically promotes using white, or even a light grey, as the base colour of a room as these maximise our space perception and allow for additional splashes of colour from other features of the room. By choosing a monochromatic colour scheme you are able to draw more attention to your favourite piece of art or furniture. Check out the images below for perfect examples.

Art and Design blogger Sugar and Cloth perfectly utilizes the power of white walls to increase our perception of size. Also, notice how the splashes of colour through art and decorative pillows bring life and zest to the living room

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If bright colours aren’t your thing, then you should consider the possibility of adding a variety of textures and plants to your room. For example, having an array of textiles on the lounge and choosing unique pieces of furniture out of different materials a subtle way to introduce variety into a minimalist design. Apartment 34  keep a minimalist colour palette, but include  interesting furniture pieces and textiles to add character to the room.

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Allow for Empty Space

Another key feature of minimalist home design is open space. Allowing for open space avoids clutter and gives off a feeling of freedom – freedom to roam and walk without having to dodge pieces of furniture or other decoration. It may seem unimportant, but it makes a huge difference – especially for those of us living in small apartments or houses. Oracle Fox perfectly implements open space and balances black and white. 

Features that serve a purpose (and are also beautiful):

Finally, the last key element of minimalist home design: choose features that serve a purpose. This is important as it restricts the amount of clutter and ensures that you focus on the key pieces you really love. Purpose has a number of definitions, and all of them require consideration. Functional purpose means that you pick decorations that will be regularly used. Decorative purpose means that you pick artwork or furniture that allow you to achieve the overall look and feel you are searching for. When considering purpose we like to ask ourselves 3 simple questions:

  1. Is it necessary?
  2. Does it clutter the room?
  3. Do I love it?

By asking yourself these 3 questions every time you want to add something to your living room, bedroom or office; you will ensure that you are keeping to your minimalist design goals.

Finishing up:

Interior design is difficult and often requires quite a few mistakes before it is perfected. While we always encourage experimentation and change, we also recommend speaking to a professional interior designer. They bring with them a huge amount of knowledge, are able to source cheap materials and also help you express your design goals. ServiceSeeking.com.au has a huge number of interior designers ready to help you achieve your dream minimalist home.