Want to adopt minimalism into your home even if you’re a maximalist at heart? I can certainly relate! Minimalism is more than just a design concept, it’s a lifestyle. Minimalism is all about trimming the excess and focusing on the essential, a concept that may seem foreign for folks who love to live large. Still, it is not impossible to incorporate minimalism into your small apartment. If you aspire for a chic, simple, and functional home without the frills, try these design tips:
Did you know that unkempt or poorly organized counters could make a living space look even more chaotic? If you made the habit out of stacking loads of stuff on any surface space, stop! Instead of mindlessly storing everything on any available surface space, clear your counters and start organizing your stuff.
Focus on putting only essential items on display. This goes for your bathroom counter, your kitchen counter, etc. Resist the temptation to put dozens of decors on your counters and store the rest in the cabinet. For instance, if you’re clearing your bathroom counter, don’t put an arsenal of lotion, scented candles, bath gels, etc., on display. Just put a couple of bath items on display then store the rest in your medicine cabinet. By keeping your counters organized, your living space will look sleek and clean.
Update Your Furniture Set Up
Re-arranging your furniture is a quick and easy way to refresh tired spaces! If you’d like to give any room an organized and minimalist look, try pushing pieces of furniture against the wall.
This technique helps give the illusion of space, perfect for a small apartment with almost zero breathing room. By pushing large pieces of furniture against the wall, the room will look more focused, less chaotic. The added space will also give the room a pared-down aesthetic.
Control the Clutter
Clutter is something that we cannot avoid because every house has it. The key to keeping clutter at bay is regular decluttering. By decluttering regularly, clutter will not build up and ruin the look of your small apartment. If you are a maximalist, you are probably collecting an assortment of stuff and running out of storage space fast. Unfortunately, some of these items are considered as clutter. Essentially, items that we keep even if they are of no use or value to us are considered as clutter.
If you cannot bear to part with your bottle cap collection, here’s an idea: hide it. Don’t leave these items gathering dust on a shelf, pack it for long-term storage. Invest in multipurpose pieces of furniture that extend the storage space of your home. This goes especially if you live in a small apartment where storage space is always an issue. Bins, baskets, storage ottomans, storage coffee table, even beds with storage spaces at the bottom, all these pieces are worth their weight in gold if you live in a small home!
Minimalists love the look and feel of neutral shades. From white to beige, tan to deep brown, neutral shades go with everything. These shades make a home look pristine and organized, a look that minimalist folks go for. It’s tempting to decorate your home with loud, graphic-heavy decors or pieces of furniture but if you want to give your home a touch of minimalism, opt for pieces in clean, neutral shades.
Some maximalists find neutrals boring but trust me; these shades help balance out the loudness of heavy prints and loud colors. Neutral pieces of furniture are quite versatile, they can be dressed with colorful decors and accessories to define your living space without sacrificing your love for loud prints. For instance, a neutral couch can be embellished with a colorful throw and graphic pillows or paired with a pouf in a vivid shade.
Color Coordinated Style
One way to define your living space while also giving the impression of uniformity is to group your decors by color. Color-coordinated books, sheets, clothes, displays, and decors make a living space look instantly clean, organized, and fresh!
This is a great technique to try if you want to restore order in chaotic areas of the home. And let’s not forget, a color-coordinated living space looks good in pictures so snap away and show your good taste!
Play with Textures
Paring the look of a room can make the space look stark or cold. You can add warmth and coziness to the room by playing with different textures. To avoid cluttering the space visually, use different textures in similar tones.
Combining different textures, materials, and colors can make a room appear chaotic while knitted pillows, area rugs, throws, and decors in the same tonal family do not add too much visual weight to the room.
Keep Your Home Organized
Are you the type who’d take something out of the shelf and then leave the said item in another place? If you rummage through your closet, do you leave your clothes disorganized and unfolded? After reading a book, do you forget to take the book back to the bookcase where it belongs? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you know why your home looks messy all the time.
A minimalist home is neat and organized. Putting things where they belong, folding your clothes, placing your knickknacks in their rightful places, these simple habits make a huge impact on the home. If you want to perfect the pared-down look, start by developing better habits.