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An increasingly popular trend, minimalist homes are clutter free with only the absolute necessary things inside. With no visual distractions, this approach to your home will guarantee positive vibes and less stressful spring cleans. DECO investigates how to minimise the home the right way…

Take it back to the 90s where interior design was toned down to a more minimalist look after the previous decade of bold statement colours, this trend started with a focus on neutral colours and loads of pine furniture.  Although timber and a toned down colour scheme are still key characteristics of a minimalist style home, there is more to it than that, so don’t be afraid of adding a bit of colour.

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TIP: DECO recommends using this approach in small apartments and studio spaces.


Surfaces

From walls to floors to ceilings, your covering of choice will play a crucial roll in how spacious and minimal your home will actually look. Painting your walls a bright white will have the same effect as a large mirror – it reflects light well and will make your space brighter. However, with minimal furniture this can leave your space feeling not so homey and more clinical than anything. DECO recommends experimenting with different colours for one feature wall.

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TIP: No matter what you do, keep your ceilings white. A different colour ceiling is a big no and this goes for any home style not just a minimal one!


When it comes to flooring, stick to one or two colours but never more. Tiles (white or light) and laminated/wooden are your go-to for flooring, and neutral marble or granite for bathroom or kitchen counter tops.

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Lighting

Natural lighting is king, something to always keep in mind if you’re building your home from scratch or willing to renovate. Natural light will always maintain the essence of a room and the easiest way to pull this off (especially in smaller spaces or bedrooms) is to add a large mirror opposite a window. This will reflect light all around the room and make your the area feel much more spacious than it really is.

Play carefully with artificial lighting. Pendant lights work well over key points such as kitchen counters and desk spaces; they add to the mood and also won’t detract from your clean aesthetic. Simple floor lamps are also a great way to fill an empty corner and add extra light if needed.

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Furniture

Every room of your home should only have essential and functional pieces. For example, one sofa, an armchair, coffee table and wall clock with some greenery can complete your living room look. In terms of bathroom and kitchen space, keep your counter tops as clear as possible. An eyesore that a lot of people think they need to have on top of their counters? A toaster. Pack it away in one of your drawers and bring it out only when needed – you don’t need to show it off all day.

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WANT MORE?

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