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Minimal home decor is all the rage, we all love that cool, unfussy Scandi style! But minimal is harder to achieve than you might think, after all, you want it to look intentional and not just like you’ve recently moved into a place and are yet to decorate! Here’s what you need to know about nailing this look.
Make sure the walls are flawless
A minimal room is all about those fresh, smooth walls. Without lots of decorative items hung up and tons of bits and pieces and clutter everywhere, there’s no hiding the condition and quality of the walls so they need to be perfect. If yours are worse for wear, it’s worth getting a plasterer in and skimming them, then you can paint over afterwards for a flawless look. If they’re not too bad you could make minor repairs yourself, look into the steps involved in repairing and painting drywall.
Consider the floor covering
If you look at minimalist room designs, you’ll find that they tend to use hard flooring instead of carpet. Not only is it easier to clean but it tends to look better with this look- consider solid wood or laminate or a natural stone like granite or marble. If you’re worried about it being a little cold, you could always have underfloor heating fitted. Just check that the system you want is suitable with the floor covering you’re going to choose as not all will be.
Think about the colour scheme
Minimal designs tend to be neutral- white, cream and light grey are all common choices. But you could always add a pop of colour to add interest, it doesn’t’ have to look bland. How about a bright colour which you could incorporate with some cushion covers, a vase and/ or a lamp? Maybe you want to keep it monochrome- black and white works well, or a chocolate brown with cream. This helps to add a bit of interest and dimension without detracting from the minimal theme.
Choose the furniture
With a minimal room design you’ll want to choose furniture with clean lines and that doesn’t add too much fussiness to the overall finish. If you go for pieces with plenty of storage it gives you a place to put things so that you can avoid clutter and again keep that minimal looking finish. If you have wooden floors then furniture in a matching wood can help to achieve a seamless look, otherwise white furniture works well.
Pick out your decorative items
Finally, just because your room is minimal doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. You can still add personality and some homely touches, it’s all about quality over quantity. A large plant can add colour and texture against white walls. A gallery wall with some black frames mounted on one wall can add some interest, or you could even go with one unusual piece of furniture such as an interesting lamp or ceiling light to bring in another dimension and stop it from looking boring.