Minimalism transforms the way we live life. It declutters our physical and mental space. It is often said that our physical surrounding reflects our mental state. This can be inversely used to clear our mind and let it breathe. Becoming a minimalist changed my life. Things became clearer and more meaningful. Minimalism is not only a trendy way of home renovation but a lifestyle. Once you become a minimalist, so will your house, your wardrobe, and your way of seeing things, that is, the bare necessity. You will notice a huge positive change in your thought process which will ultimately affect your entire life.
The internet has become a storehouse of brilliant minimalism ideas. You can find anything and everything on minimalism from Pinterest to Instagram to Facebook. If you are already on the path of minimalism and want to make a home renovation here are some ideas to get you started:
- Going Monochromatic
A single colour for everything will instantly bring out the minimalist in you. An all-white bathroom or an all-black kitchenette with black taps and black crockeries will be an easy way to make things look unified and less jumbled. Choosing one single colour for your home renovation, any colour for everything, is the simplest approach towards minimalism.
- Keeping Blank Space
Deliberately keeping some spaces blank, like wall shelves or floor space, or a table will associate you with the core of minimalism that not all things need to be occupied or full. Allowing space will let your mind have space to think, relax, and unwind in a calm, serene atmosphere.
- Using Nature as Colour
If you do not want to go monochromatic, you can always use one or two accent colours to spice things up during your home renovation. Dirty rose pinks, cool grey, dusty blue, dirty tan is some of the colours you can have fun with. But if you are a person who loves to bring nature into your home, then letting natural things like a wooden bed, wooden floorboards, plants will bring out the natural colours in your room. For example, having a brown floor and green money plant adds colour to an otherwise plain white room.
- Raised Bed and Smart Storage
Sometimes getting rid of everything is difficult. Storing things smartly is a great way to increase space and declutter with ease. Investing in a raised bed can make space for huge drawer-like space under the bed. Using sliding walls to tuck in wardrobes and other miscellaneous things will make your living area clearer and free.
- Smart Lighting
Using modern minimalist lighting will bring out the essence of your space. Also using it to highlight the space you like, or lowlight space will enhance the new look of your home. Make sure to plan the lighting before going into your home renovation.
- Bathroom, Kitchen, and Laundry
Using boxes, drawers, and modules to organise every material into their order of need and use will make your tasks easier, prevent mess and you will be able to enjoy the full benefits of minimalism. For example, keeping a separate box for your entire cutlery, and further dividing it into little divisions for just forks, or knives will do the trick. Separating things into an organised system will blend in like butter in your new minimalist life.
Minimalism in your new home renovation can be achieved in numerous ways. You can experiment, play around with concepts, and see what feels right for you. There is not and should not be any strict rule to adhere to, to call you a minimalist. The home is where you live. It is your space, and therefore it should make meaning for you. Minimalism is a concept that promotes freedom from toxic consumerism and allows you to live a life without materialistic boundaries. It can be summed up in the phrase ‘less is more’.
Alyssa Moylan is an ordinary woman from Australia, a writer by day and a reader by night. She writes on various topics like home improvement, business, lifestyle, health, travel and fashion. She likes to think of ways on how to solve daily life problems of people. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated.