Cozy minimalism is the integration of two opposing home decor styles – minimalism and comfort – and though it sounds like an oxymoron, it’s easy to see why these extreme decorating styles work so well together!
This decorating style brings together the simplicity of a simple and orderly space while also putting emphasis on comfort, functionality, and family. It features a function-based design with stylish details that make the interiors feel warm, comforting and inviting.
If your family is growing, it is possible to enjoy your minimalist interiors with only slight adjustments to suit the needs of your little one. It’s just a matter of building a flexible space that could accommodate practical family life without sacrificing style.
Hygge up your home with a design style that effortlessly blends coziness and minimalism, refresh your home with these design tips:
Start with a Functional Space
The key to a well-designed cozy minimalist home is the base. It should be flexible, functional, and simple. Don’t worry about the decors, those can be added later. To build a functional base, you have to decorate the room according to its main purpose. This can be achieved by choosing the right pieces of furniture.
For example, if you are redecorating the bedroom, make sure the bed is the focal point of the room. If it’s the living room, focus on the seating area and if it’s the dining room, concentrate on the dining table arrangement.
The fact is, all the other design elements of the room should only play a supporting role to the furniture. This helps retain the functionality of the space without distracting the eye. That being said, do not fill the space with bulky pieces. Use space efficient, sleek pieces of furniture to reduce the visual weight of the room. Keep your decors simple to retain the room’s minimalist aesthetics.
Cozy Up with Texture
After building a functional base, complement the design with cozy textures. In interior design, layering different design elements help create an impactful space. Think of this as if you are planning your look for the day. The base of your look is your outfit. To enhance your outfit, you gotta accessorize! But, you can’t just grab whatever accessories you could get your hands on, the accessories must complement your outfit.
Layering helps turn an otherwise utilitarian space into a unique, personalized one. Choosing the perfect design elements helps pull the look of the room. Of course, the design elements must complement each other so the design is cohesive.
Now the key to creating a perfectly styled room is to add contrast and texture to an otherwise plain space. This adds visual interest to the space while also enhancing the purpose and style of the room. Adding texture to a room gives the space more personality.
A woven rug, a wooden piece of furniture, plush bedding, furry blankets, a pot of succulents or two, all these decors add layers of texture to a room.
As for adding contrast, make sure each décor has something in common with each other to tie the look together. A pop of gold to an all-white room decorated with leather or wooden pieces, for instance, could work because gold looks best when paired with neutral colors. A recurring pattern or color could also work to add contrast to a space.
Trim the Excess
At this point, you’ll borrow from a minimalist aesthetic. To create a cozy yet clean space, you have to get rid of the unnecessary. If de-cluttering will take time, I highly suggest dividing the job into small tasks that you have to complete every day.
Start small, organize the drawers, cabinets, and decors once a day or a week. Remove anything that you don’t use on the daily or items that do not make contribute much to the space. Once these areas are clean and organized, you can move from one room to another, clearing clutter. Provide cute but functional storage boxes to stretch a room’s storage space.
A great idea would be to set a beautiful box or a decorative tray on your cocktail table to remove clutter. Removing clutter highlights the minimalist aesthetic of the room while also keeping the overall characteristics of the room simple.