Minimalism is a bit like the Marmite of the design world – you either love it, or you hate it.
Often criticised for its masculine traits and lack of colour, minimalism has certainly received its fair share of judgment. However, it’s key to remember that there are a lot of benefits to having less furniture, with increased floorspace, reduced clutter, and a consolidated look to name just a few.
With our bedrooms sometimes acting as in-home dumping grounds, conforming to minimalism is certainly a challenge; all too often we are surrounded by clothes, makeup, and generally misplaced items. Plus, with many of us working from home as of late, our bedrooms can quickly become the ‘messy room’ that no one dares to touch.
Clearly, something has to change. If you’re looking to embrace this trendy new minimalist lifestyle, keep reading to discover the essentials of minimalist design in the bedroom.
1. Reducing Clutter
This first tip might be a bit of a hard pill to swallow, but it is a fundamental step toward fully conforming to a minimalist lifestyle.
Perhaps there are some clothes you haven’t worn or books you’ll never read just lying around your bedroom. The best thing to do is bag them up and get rid of them. This will allow you to free up precious space in your bedroom in which you can begin to create the minimalist aesthetic you’ve been dreaming of.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan.
Now that you have some room, it’s time to begin planning out your minimalist space. Remember, minimalism isn’t about having as little furniture as possible; it’s about making every part of your room functional.
So, before you look at any bedroom furniture, draw up a brief plan of your room and where you would like things to go.
3. Neutral Colours
Although it may not seem like it, colour plays an integral role in the minimalist lifestyle. With your space empty and furniture all planned out, now would be the best time to give your walls a revamp with some neutral tones.
If you’re stuck, you can’t go wrong with a simple matte white on the walls. White not only makes things look cleaner, it can also make a smaller space feel much bigger by allowing in a lot more natural light. If white isn’t your thing, then there are a whole host of soft beiges, off-whites and pale greys to choose from to help create a beautiful blank canvas.
4. Get The Basics
With your room sufficiently painted, it’s time for the fun part: choosing your new bedroom furniture!
When looking for bedroom furniture, it can be extremely beneficial to choose things from the same collection in order to create a cohesive look where everything matches. Not only does this ensure that everything looks similar, some pieces of furniture can even be mixed together in order to save even more space.
If you’re stuck, Happy Beds stock a whole host of minimalist-approved bedroom furniture like their Arlo range that features a sleek charcoal colour and understated appearance.
5. Increase Natural Light
As minimalism focuses on reducing as much unnecessary furniture as possible, floor lamps can sometimes be abolished in a bid towards saving space.
This is where natural light comes into play. Consider changing out blackout curtains for something a bit brighter that allows light to pierce through and flood your room. Not only does this make your room feel bigger, it can even save you a little bit of money on energy bills by allowing you to turn down the lights.
6. Be Creative
Another great thing about minimalism is that it is only limited by your imagination. With all our bedrooms being unique, there comes a time where we may have to create our own features utilising our room’s characteristics.
For example, if your room has a sloped roof, try repurposing the space underneath as a mini desk that will allow you to use the rest of your room for relaxing.
Not sure where to start? These functional bedroom office ideas from Posturite are sure to spark some inspiration.
By now you’ve probably got a much clearer idea as to what your bedroom is going to look like. But no room is complete without some character-adding accessories.
Remember, this is the one part of minimalism that does not have to be functional; however, it certainly helps if your accessories can be both aesthetically pleasing and serve a purpose. For example, one rising trend is this floating lamp that is held in mid-air via magnets. It’s less bulky than a traditional desk lamp, looks really futuristic, and even emits a decent amount of light considering its small size.
Minimalist accessories are not limited to funky lamps however; photo frames, artificial plants and art prints all make a great contribution to any minimalist bedroom. So go wild, you deserve it.