Influenced by Zen philosophy, minimalism strips away the unessential, imbuing harmony to areas with the use of negative space. As a result of the intentionality of the design, home is a space that brings peace and clarity of mind. Here are some ideas to adopt for your home if you love this relaxed and visually calming aesthetic.
Simple is best
To create the minimalist look, give particular attention to lines, proportions, colour and texture. The aim is to achieve a visually tidy space – and a palette of white and light wood does so perfectly. Slim, uncomplicated lines enhance the sense of space, making them apt for small homes.
Keep it consistent
In a minimalist home, every element should sport streamlined looks to work well with each other. From the furniture to accessories, choose pieces in simple forms and muted colours for a consistent look.
Let there be light
Lighting is vital to the whole atmosphere, not only in providing the necessary illumination, but also strengthening the style.
Minimise clutter by providing ample storage solutions for your belongings. The storage solutions must also integrate well into the space. Storage cabinets should blend with the other elements, be it in the bathroom, bedroom, living area or study. For example, a platform bed can hold drawers, making every inch of your home count. Details like handles are best avoided.
Embrace a minimalist lifestyle
Japanese minimalism is more than a style. It is also a way of life, as popularised in recent years by proponents such as Marie Kondo and Fumio Sasaki. For the home to look and feel spacious and free, minimalism champions living with less. So be considered when purchasing things for the home and for yourself. Choosing quality and substance over style and instant gratification is one of the fundamental principles of the minimalist lifestyle.