As a minimalist, there’s no getting away from the lifestyle you choose to lead. Mostly, this isn’t a problem – who doesn’t love living out of a backpack when traveling? – but it can lead to culture clashes. When you’re on the property ladder, there’s a ton of things to deal with, all of which fly in the face of minimalism. Unfortunately, you can’t break a mortgage down to its parts unless you’re a banker, yet you can focus on interior design.
If you haven’t met him yet, it’s time to introduce yourself to SID and see what he has to say!
SID Says – Hire A Decorator
Straight off the bat, SID! No messing around! To be fair, he has a point. To simplify interior design, you should offload the job to a team of experienced and skilled interior decorators who understand their clients and value the small stuff. Firstly, it leaves you with less to do, which is always a bonus. Secondly, it prevents you from calling a decorator service a couple of weeks down the line after your attempt at renovating your home goes horribly wrong. There’s nothing minimal about redoing tasks because you get them wrong the first time around!
SID Says – Go Room By Room
Okay, you didn’t hire a decorator, and now you’re looking at the bare walls of your house cursing yourself for your competitiveness and frugality. You’re not alone. The good news is, you can stop swearing – it makes meeting the neighbors less awkward – and start picking areas of the property to renovate. The key is, to begin with a single room at a time, from the bathroom to the kitchen, and move onto the next one. That way, your thinking won’t be cluttered, and your heart will never drop at the thought of all the decorating you have left. Ooops, sorry!
SID Says – Eliminate Clutter
Before you begin, it’s wise to remove everything from your home that will only get in the way. Yes, you’re a minimalist, and sure you deal with clutter every day, but that’s only when you’re pottering around the house. When you’re working, such as knocking down walls to open up the property and make it lighter, the tiniest things can be infuriating. That goes for bulky furniture and the sneakers you couldn’t be bothered moving into the hall. Sadly, clutter is created equal – it’s all annoying!
SID Says – Don’t Be Tempted By Bold
The plans are in place. All that’s left is to execute them. But, wait, what’s this? You’ve seen a feature in a neighbor’s house or online magazine and want to introduce it into your space. One small knick-knack won’t hurt. Then, BAM! Once you indulge, you can’t stop, and you want to redo all the simple plans and swap them with complicated replacements. A color scheme is a perfect example. Often, white, cream or anything neutral is subtle and powerful, highlighting the best areas of your home and hiding the worst while making it lighter. On the other hand, a mix of sky blue and baby pink might be the latest fashion, yet it’ll look disgusting.
Now that you’ve met SID, how will you simplify interior design?