I have always viewed minimalism as cold and unrealistic. Homes have ‘stuff’ and decoration makes a room more fun, interesting and homely. Yes? However, with my New Years resolution being ‘stress less’ I have found myself looking for ways to streamline my chores, especially the housework. Did you know that living in a cluttered environment, can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol? Consequently, I find myself looking at ways to declutter, which has then forced me to consider the minimalism concept. Fortunately, I found a compromise; warm minimalism…
Minimalist design began as an opposition to the excessively detailed traditional/classical style. In a nutshell, it’s design that’s stripped down to its essential purpose by eliminating everything unnecessary. It is simplicity at its best. Add some warmth to this scenario and you create a space that allows the focus to remain on the room’s purpose and function, and the beauty of its carefully selected furnishings. With my goal being to having a place for everything, creating a calm and visually soothing environment and stressing less, I am excited to embrace the following;
FOCUS ON FUNCTION
Giving extra thought to the purpose of each room has helped me organise, store and simplify. Some spaces are more obvious than others, like the kitchen and bathroom. Clear counters are a must. A kitchen should have zones; one for chopping, mixing and food preparation, another for dirty dishes and cleaning with hopefully a separate space for serving, socialising or even dining at the bench. Make sure the things in each space are specific to its function and already life is more efficient.
Those of us that aren’t OCD, have kids, a partner or animals, know that stuff accumulates and is left laying around. This is where you need to get sneaky and invest in stylish storage solutions. It goes without saying that to achieve a minimalist look ‘stuff’ can’t be visible. Homes will always have clutter and things to sort but having clever storage solutions will make everything easier.
SIMPLIFY YOUR COLOUR SCHEME
Subdued hues in similar tones are simply easier on the eye and since minimalism is all about feeling serene and spacious, colours need to transition gently. Not everything has to be pale, dark colours work too. Texture is a must to add interest and natural finishes, colours and combinations are the ones most often used in a minimalist interior.
To sum up, warm minimalism, when done well, can be truly warm, rich and inviting.
Essentially this style not only looks beautiful but is also known to increase happiness and health. (who can argue with that?)
A specific place for everything means tidying is easier and you should always be able to find what you are looking for. ( I said should….)
Less ‘stuff’ means more space while a calm palette will keep you feeling relaxed and peaceful. (stress less!)
And as a consequence, less of everything means more money in your pocket! (more holidays!!!)
Have a great weekend,