Less Is More In The Minimalist Home

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If you’re looking in a new direction to take your home, then perhaps you should be thinking about scaling things back a little. Minimalism is becoming hugely popular in the world of décor stylings right now and for good reason. When done well, it looks clean and classy. But it’s also one of the most practical styles you can adopt. It’s relaxing, it’s a lot easier to clean, and it helps you become a little more mindful about how you use both your space and your money. So, what’s the best way to get the most out of less in your home?

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Purge
This is perhaps the most painful but essential part of trying out a minimalist style in the home. No-one likes the idea of getting rid of items that have some sentimentality attached to them. But a good purge can actually help you figure out which really do have some feeling attached and which have just wormed their way into your heart by way of familiarity. A lot of people find that once they start purging the non-essentials from the home, they start discovering that a lot of their stuff doesn’t really have any lasting appeal to them. It’s not enough to just organise your way into a “better” space. You’re still going to end up with unnecessary clutter.
Strip down that look
Minimalism is a big part of a look, but it’s not the only aspect of it. Though you might have less of it in the home, you’re still going to want to have some semblance of style to what you do have. To that end, you should consider how you find the look of the room. If you’re styling it from the start, then choose a central piece of furniture first. Whether thematically, in design style, or in colour, you extrapolate from that central piece to build a complementary style across the whole room. Of course, there are other ways to find the vibe of the room, but that’s one of the most effective.

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Set some ground rules
It’s about more than just stripping a room down to its essentials, of course. Minimalism then goes on to tackle our habits about buying for the home and how we tend to overstuff rooms to the point past bearing. To that end, you need to set yourself a rule that you endeavour to follow no matter what. It’s the one-in, one-out rule. Consider that every piece of furniture, art, or accessorizing you buy is going to have to replace one thing already in the room. Not only will this ensure that a room never gets too crowded. It also means that you’re going to carefully consider every new item instead of being caught in the consumer trap of a fancy display in the window or a sudden bargain. Is it worth more to you than what’s already in the room? If not, walk past it. You’re saving yourself money and keeping yourself from spending on something that might not really add to the room.
More than the floor
The most immediate gain on focusing in minimalist design is that you open up a lot more floor space. This makes any room feel a lot more spacious and gives you real useable square footage. But don’t focus just on the floor. By using your vertical space and even your roof more sparingly, you can create a room that looks open and relaxing. Even some of the fixtures can be changed to make better use of the space and open up the room. Vertical radiators from OnlyRadiators.co.uk can make the wall seem a lot less crowded and allow you more space to press furniture to the wall and open up the centre. Neat, solid blinds instead of heavy window treatments like curtains can make a room feel a lot more closed off and allow more light in.

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Cut the clutter
Your choices of furniture and fittings aren’t the only clutter about, either. The temporary debris of everyday life is always going to be around.  To that end, add some spaces that help you declutter your home. Use the space to add a little more temporary storage, so that even when you don’t have time to clean, you can make sure the calming landscape of the home isn’t too heavily disturbed.
Focus on ease
One of the best things about minimalism is that it makes a home a lot easier to clean. You will save huge amounts of time and effort that would otherwise be spent opening up every nook and cranny in a crowded home. But you can also make it a lot easier to clean and a lot more aesthetically pleasing by focusing on materials and fittings that involve much cleaner and more solid surfaces. For instance, Directwoodflooring.co.uk can offer floors that take a lot less time to clean. Glass or wood coffee tables need only the briefest of wipes. Naturally, there are some points you don’t want to compromise softness like in your furniture. A rug can add a bit of tactile pleasure to a room as well. But so long as you keep a lid on it, the home can be a much more pleasant place.

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Accent with care
Don’t confuse minimalism with a sterile showroom look. You are not banned from accessorizing and showing a little of your personality. What minimalism teaches you to do is choose what displays you put up carefully. Think about the sense of taste, your genuine emotional connection, and how it fits in the home. Don’t take a scattershot approach to adding more and more things that appeal to you until they lose their appeal in the mess. For a single wall, for instance, you could choose a piece that jumps out at you from places like PosterLounge.co.uk.
Minimalism has caught on for a reason and you can make your home not only a lot better looking but a lot easier to maintain by taking a few lessons from that school of design. Try experimenting with a few of the tips above and see where you land.


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