Its no secret I’m obsessed with minimal interior design. Over the last year and a half I’ve been reading a lot of deco magazines, spent uncountable hours on Pinterest pinning the best nordic inspiration I came across and saving in my beloved interior folder all ideas i could later apply to my own home.
There are some basic principles you can apply in order to achieve a clean and neat interior:
First of all, start by making over one room at a time, else the result will be the opposite of minimal before you know it. If you’ve chosen the room you want to change, have a good look at it and read the following tips to help you out:
- Clean up your surfaces by putting away all things you don’t need or has no emotional value to you.Throw away all the kitsch and presents you didn’t like anyway. Make sure you have enough storing space in your house, this is one of the first things where most people go wrong. If you have enough storage space you can easily put away all your stuff as everything has its own place.
- Choose white, soft grey or beige-toned walls (or even floors). In a minimal house all walls, floors and ceilings are usually blank or with a soft colour tone to really bring out the furniture that’s standing in it. If you have a wall filled with pictures, have a second look at it and see if you can take out a few. Think of a quirky, personal way to display the pictures that you still have. Go for natural sources like wooden frames to keep the minimal effect.
- Pick only the most necessary furniture in each room. Minimal interior works for a simple reason: the attention is for the details, like deco items, furniture or art pieces. As all surfaces are clutter free, clean and natural coloured it gets really fun to pick out more personal objects and give them the attention they deserve. Take your time to visit second hand shops and do some treasure hunting in the seek for those pieces that will make your home unique.
- Natural light is the star. Get rid of thick curtains that don’t let the sunshine in. Nordic deco is all about bright spaces and cosy rooms.
Here are three examples of small apartments turned into welcoming homes thanks to a minimal interior design. Which one fits you more?