Minimalist Living Room
Living in a completely minimalist living room may be difficult, particularly for families with young children, but it is possible to use minimalist ethos in an ordinary home to reap some of the benefits of this style of living.
The key to minimalism is avoiding unnecessary clutter – all those items that you rarely, if ever, use which just gathers dust or take up precious storage space. Creating a minimalist environment initially requires de-cluttering but also requires adequate storage space to hide away the items that are actually needed to keep them out of sight but at the same time easily accessible.
The upside to de-cluttering is that you can recycle unwanted possessions either by giving them away or donating them to a favorite charity, which is a much better option for once-cherished belongings than simply throwing them away.However, it’s important to understand the basic essential steps to achieve minimalist living room.
De-cluttering is the essential first step in any plan to create a minimalist living room because it is only once you have de-cluttered your home that you will have a good idea of how much storage space will be required.
The next step is to create adequate enclosed storage to house your essential possessions. Ideally, storage should be as unobtrusive as possible – simple cupboards in similar neutral shades to the walls making use of existing alcoves wherever possible. One of the main reasons why it is difficult to maintain a minimalist living room is the lack of storage so always over-estimate the amount you think you will need.
Too much furniture in a room can, in itself, create a “busy” look even when there is no clutter so consider what the essential items for each room are. Clearly, a certain number of chairs, tables, sofas, beds etc are required, depending on the size of your family and the needs of guests but you may have more than you really require. But the intention is not to make your home uncomfortable so don’t get carried away and find you don’t have enough seating for guests.
Introduce something of your character into every room to prevent completely bland spaces but choose ornaments, photos or other decorations carefully. Decorations in a minimalist room could be paintings (they add color without cluttering surfaces), a simple vase or a structural houseplant. Plants are perfect for creating a sense of calm in any room.
Use neutral colors for walls, floor, and storage units. Color can be introduced in soft furnishings but stick to plain fabrics as patterns create a feeling of clutter. Use simple, unadorned window treatments or if the requirements of your climate or needs for privacy allow then use no window dressings at all.
These basic steps can help you to create, if not an entirely minimalist living room, at least one that is clean, clear from clutter, and relaxing. And remember that ample, practical storage space is essential for the success of your home’s new look so think about renting a self-storage unit if that is the only way to keep your home free from clutter.