A brief guide to minimalism
Minimalism is an interior design style that achieved a great deal of prominence around ten years ago and one that has come to define both luxury and refinement. Whereas minimalism was once the reserve of wealthy celebrities, DJ’s and interior designers, it has now been adopted into mainstream culture as an affordable way to redecorate your house. It’s ingratiation by expensive and boutique hotels around the world has helped it achieve this.
If you are thinking of giving your house a new lease of life and turning it into a Zen-like palace, here’s the inside info on how to do it:
Minimalism makes use of extremely unobtrusive colours. This is because nothing is supposed to jump out at you. Moreover, it’s the feel and atmosphere of the room as a whole that is supposed to stand out. Picking a wall colour such as white or ivory will immediately add an air of luxury to your home.
Try to make sure that there are very limited numbers of pictures hanging on the walls and, if they are, keep them in the minimalist style by choosing works of art with a heavily modern and conceptual twist.
The key to minimalism is in its name. Try to strip back all the cluttering and furniture that you can. What do you need? What fits with the style? If you are currently investigating fitted bedrooms, then many are available to suit the style which comes complete with hidden wardrobes that help conceal everything that sticks out.
Similarly, if you are planning to keep some furniture, then it’s not too difficult to alter it. If you have a sofa in the front room which looks old and tattered, simply buy a piece of material to re-invent it. Faux leather can be bought extremely cheap and it only takes an afternoon to staple it out the existing sofa.
Minimalist lighting is often extremely ambient in tone and more often that not is independently controllable via different spotlights. Dimmer switches and brushed steel spotlights will help you alter the mood of the room to create a number of different atmospheres.
There is also room for one or two large freestanding lamps within the style. Try to choose something that looks futuristic and comes in chrome or brushed steel.
Minimalist flooring is often made from natural wood. This can be done in a number of ways. If you’ve got a carpet, take it up. There may be a distinct possibility that it’s covering a beautifully finished wooden floor. Alternatively parquet flooring is a cheap and easy way to completely change the dynamic of your house. Wood floors echo a great deal and you’ll be surprising how, in turn, this gives the illusion that you have much more space.