Creating a Minimalist but Functional Home in 2020
Minimalism is as popular style of architecture and interior design as ever. However, it can be difficult to balance the aesthetic of this theme with the practicalities and functionality of modern living. Here are some of the best ways to achieve a balance between the two.
Choose a Colour
Who says that minimalism has to be done up in shades of white and grey? While these are two colours that are most often used in minimalist homes, there is no reason why you can’t experiment with other colours too.
Why not think about using a pastel-like blue or warm pink? This could create a home that has a welcoming vibe but still subscribes to your chosen minimalist aesthetic. Experiment a little and try to find the right range of colours for you to use. You could create a home that is unique and a perfect reflection of you with just a little exploration of options.
Sort Functionality First
If you are renovating your home, you should try to sort out the fixtures and fittings as soon as you can. This means that you can clear out the part of the budget needed for this area earlier and you will have a clear understanding of how much you have left for the aesthetics.
There is so much that needs to be fixed to create a home that is functional before you can move onto the choices that are more traditionally seen as fun. For example, your home should have good central heating – or AC depending on where you live – and a roof and windows that are completely leak-free. Check out this ultimate guide to boiler replacements by Boiler Central if you want to know a little more about upgrading systems like this. You need to make sure that you always have a functional and comfortable living space before you begin to throw in furniture. No matter how good a room looks, it can be miserable to live in if it is cold and damp.
Master Hidden Storage
Many people love the minimalist aesthetic but they cannot bring themselves to practice it fully, in other words strip themselves of many of their possessions. As a result, it might be wise for anyone who wishes to try a minimalist home to invest in hidden storage solutions.
This is the fastest way to get rid of any unsightly mess that you might have and it can create a chic and clean living space. The easiest place to do this is with your wardrobes. Whether you have freestanding wardrobes or a built-in one, you need to make sure that you can shut the doors and close off any mess that might be inside. However, this is just a starting point.
An ottoman bed is one of the best ways to grab extra storage in your bedroom without having to use unsightly under-the-bed storage or a bed skirt. You need to make sure that you have plenty of places to put things that might otherwise create clutter. You can also grab ottoman sofas and other hidden storage solutions for other rooms. It is even possible to get special inserts for stairs if you are really pushed for storage!
It is one thing to have the presentation of a minimalist house on the outside, but you also need to make sure that everything is organised within. No-one wants to open a wardrobe door to have a pile of clothes fall on top of them. Instead, you need to make sure that everything has its place.
This is easier than ever to do. Organising is incredibly popular and you can buy any number of storage solutions that will help you maximise the space you have within your cupboards. Something like an extra interior shelf could be incredibly helpful in trying to grab you some precious extra space in your cupboards. There are also plenty of storage hacks online that you could make use of. If you don’t mind your storage potentially being a little DIY, there is no reason why you can’t try your hand at creating some extra room for your perfect minimalist home.
Plan, Plan, Plan
If there is one thing you can do when trying to create the ideal minimalist home, it is plan. Those who prefer to be a little more esoteric with their decorations might struggle to find the right balance. With minimalism, everything that is visible should have a place. You need to sit down and start planning how your home is going to look long before you actually start making changes.
It is entirely possible to create a home that is both minimalist and fully functional. Start planning room by room today. It might come together much faster than you ever could imagine! Before you know it, you could have the perfect minimalist home.
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