Simple Tips to Help Give Your Tiny Space a Minimalist Vibe
Enjoy the calm of open spaces.
Minimalism is about simple and functional spaces. It’s a soothing mix of clean lines and calming colors, with splashes of bright hues and complicated patterns used only as accents.
While this approach is about open spaces, it doesn’t mean that you have to have a huge home to try it. In fact, tiny units benefit the most with minimalism. Moreover, your minamalist abode doesn’t have to be boring — what it has to be, however, is comfortable and clutter-free.
If you’re planning to transform your abode, here are a few tips you may want to try:
First things first: declutter.
A clear space is an important tenant of minimalism and the first thing you should do to achieve this is to do away with everything you don’t need. This will take a lot of time, but there are many cleaning techniques you can try, from KonMari, to Swedish death cleaning, to the 5-basket system.
Go for quiet, understated colors.
White is wonderful, but don’t limit yourself to it. There are many neutral hues you can choose from. Light grays, cooling greens, and barely-there blues, especially on walls, can serve as a blank canvas you can build on while making your area look wide and airy. You can also go for neutrals on beddings, pillow cases, throws, couch covers and others to keep with the theme.
Use clean lines and go for functionality.
If you can, let go of curlicues and other complicated décor. Minimalism is all about going easy on ornamentation: it’s simplicity based on functionality. Items you’ll keep should all have a purpose, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be creative. Décor is welcome in a minimalist space, as long as it continues the flow of the room. As Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design shares on Elle Decor, “These pieces need to speak to one another and relate in regards to things like line, color, mass, etc. They must work well together in their basic shape."
Have a focal point.
It could be a set of brightly colored couch pillows, or a throw with an interesting texture, or even just a lush indoor plant; these are accents that can liven up a minimalist room and give it a touch of your personality. Minimalism should not only exude simplicity, but also highlight your taste.
Invest in storage.
Smart storage areas such as the space beneath your bed (if you don't mind ignoring feng shui precepts for the time being) can help a lot in keeping your are neat and open. Invest in storage bins if you lack shelving, and make sure that these are always neetly stacked.
Always keep your space tidy.
Maintaining a minimalist space is actually simple: return everything you used in its proper place and tidy up regularly. Moreover, pass on item purchases that you don’t really need, because they’ll only end up as clutter in your tiny home. Believe it or not, a minimalist space can actually inspire a simpler lifestyle. You’ll be amazed that you can actually be pretty content with the basics.
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