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How to Create a Minimal Home

How to create a Minimal Home What is a Minimal Home? Simply put, "A Minimal home is a clutter free home". A minimal home has only absolutely necessary things inside it. A few pieces of meaningful art on walls, a few plants to liven up the interiors and bare minimum furniture. Benefits of living in a Minimal Home - there will be many, but to name a few A minimal home is always so clean and visually pleasing that it will give your mind well deserved peace after a day of hard work. Positive Vibes A minimal home is clean, visually pleasant and everything is arranged perfectly. That will transfer positive vibes to the inhabitants. Imagine a meditation hall, which is often empty, with minimal furniture, painted in neutral colors, mostly white. It's always a positive feeling, right! You get similar feeling in a minimal home. Easier to clean The more stuff you have, the more you have to clean. Think about how much time and energy you can save in minimal living, and how less stressful your life will become. More Beautiful A minimal home naturally looks beautiful. Why? It is clean, clutter free, more open space, no visual distractions. All this makes it more appealing. Characteristics of a Minimal Home a few main aspects that define it. Everything we choose to make a home minimal is as important as the things we need to avoid, get rid of or just do without. Clean Surfaces & Neutral Colours In a minimal home, surfaces like walls, floors ceilings are clear and mostly painted in neutral colors like white, grey, and beige. Surfaces are often blank and with very few objects on them. Furniture Every room of a minimal home would only have the essential pieces of furniture, which are functional and absolutely necessary. More Natural Light A minimal home is designed in a way to take maximum advantage of natural light. With light neutral colors in the interiors, a minimal house always looks brighter and pleasing to the eye. More Open Space Since minimal home contains a very few objects, it looks more open and welcoming. There are no extra (useless) pieces of furniture; hence rooms look bigger than the actual. How to create a Minimal Home - Let's get into the details. Look around your house. Take all the unnecessary stuff and get rid of them or give it to somebody. Keep only the absolutely essential things. Furniture This part will explain what kind of furniture you should have in differ- ent rooms. The key here is to take one room at a time. Don't try to do the entire home at one go. You might end up creating more mess than sort them out. Living / Drawing Room You don't want to fill your living room with lot of furniture. Here's a list of furniture that you should have in order to give your living room a minimal make over. 1. One 3 seater sofa – Preferably with grey, beige or black upholstery. 2. One lounge / reclining chair 3. One small Coffee table. 4. Flat screen TV on the wall, no showcase or cabinet required here. 5. A simple wall clock. Dining Room A dining table with 4-6 chairs, depending on the size of your family and the space. It should be very simple with a clear glass top. You may use the natural wood colors for the table and chairs. Kitchen The goal here is to keep your kitchen platform as clean as possible at all times. So, have only the most essential objects out on the counter, i.e. microwave, juicer etc. Bedroom A wardrobe with glass doors (to break the volume of your large wardrobe). The design of a bed should be as minimal as possible and prefer- ably without or with a very small hood (a hood is the backside of a bed). You can add a couple of lamps, if you're a fan of mood lighting. Study Room / Home Office П One simple table (preferably white in colour) with a minimal desk-lamp, one chair, a very small book shelf / stand (not over-crowded with books). Add a small indoor plant to liven up the space and make it look refreshing. Bathrooms They are tricky as taste varies from person to person and size of the bathrooms. A few key points to consider – 1. No Bathtub (if you have a super lavish bath, you can have one but it shouldn't occupy more than 20% of the space). 2. Just one cabinet below hand wash basin, no cabinets on walls as they make your bathroom look way smaller and create a visual distraction. 3. Again colour is the key here, you may use the material you want on the floors and walls, but make sure you choose neutral shades. Natural & Artificial Lights If you're building a new home from the ground up, make sure you utilize the maximum potential of the natural light. If possible, have maximum windows / openings to the North directions. Light from the north direction is of the best quality. Avoid having large openings on South and West directions. The light from these directions is harsh. (Those in the Southern hemisphere, avoid using North lights, South is good for you). Now, if you're upgrading your existing home, increasing the natural light might not be possible at times. So, your goal here is should be to play very carefully with artificial lights. Use white or ivory lights; avoid using yellow lights (You can use yellow lights to a bare minimum if you're a fan of mood lightings) The key here is to make your interiors look very bright at all times (Yes, even during the nights). Surfaces Surfaces include floors, walls and ceiling. Paint your walls with bright white color, so that they can reflect the light well and make your home look brighter. Ceilings must be painted with white, you may still experiment with the walls by painting them in a different color, but it's a big no-no for ceilings. You have a couple choices here when it comes to floor. Let's look at some the options below. Floor tiles - You can choose any light colour tiles, but make sure you don't use more than two colour combinations and avoid using fuzzy patterns and too many details. Use large size tiles (preferably 2 x 2feet or larger) as small tiles mean more joints which gather more dust. If your budget permits, you can opt for marble, but choose light and neutral colours. Wooden floor - You can go with any color here, but the key is to not to use more than two colour combinations, and low in contrast. Art Pieces We all love some form of art. And we want to keep the art we love in front of us all the time. You can have meaningful art pieces on walls, but those should not cover more than 20% of the wall area. Keep it simple; don't just hang anything to fill up the space. The blank wall will look much better than a wall with bad art on it. Apart from wall art, you can also have a few objects like vases, lamp shades etc. of optimal size (not too big, not too small) but don't have them in all rooms. You can have a small vase probably in your living room and small lamp shades in your study or bedroom. Hope this guide will help you transform your home and lead you to a simpler, more meaningful life. NOTECTURE

How to Create a Minimal Home

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Art is appreciated best when it hangs on a blank wall with nothing to distract from it. Similarly, the best way to have your home décor appreciated is to do away with everything that could potentiall...






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