Minimalism is more than simply an aesthetic – it can completely transform your life by giving you more space and not only decluttering your home but your mind too. This is pretty useful in the bedroom where you need to be able to switch off, relax and get a good night’s sleep after a long hard day.
If you’re interested in transforming your cluttered bedroom into a slick, minimalist paradise, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to do, it doesn’t take as much time as you might think, and it also doesn’t have to be expensive, not if you make use of these tips anyway…
Ditch the Junk
The first step to creating a minimalist room is getting rid of the junk. If you have a lot of stuff in your bedroom that is really unnecessary, you might want to look for a cheap bin hire company and hire yourself a skip, especially if a lot of the stuff is of no use. Otherwise, simply go through your things and put them into four piles/boxes, one for donations, one for trash, one for stuff you plan to sell and one for keeps. Make sure that you only keep the stuff that you truly need, which is truly useful to you or which you love so much that you simply do not want to part with it – minimalism is about removing the stuff that doesn’t matter, you don’t have to take everything but the mattress out of the room!
Remember You Can Have Stuff
On that note, it’s important that you remember that minimalism doesn’t have to be about cold stark rooms with nothing but the essentials – although it can be if that’s what you like – it’s about making the most of the space you have by carefully selecting the things that will bring you joy and removing the stuff that won’t. So, if you have a penchant for candles or a love of knick knacks, you can have them in the room, you just might want to get rid of the excess – the ones you really don’t love -so your room will be less cluttered and more calming.
Give the Bed Some Attention
In the average bedroom, the bed dominates, so it’s important that you get it right if you want your minimalist decor to work. Some minimalists choose to go for a mattress on the floor, but that can look a bit too skint student, so it’s probably a better idea to have a bed frame, but make it a minimalist one, like a platform bed, futon style wooden frame or simple metal frame with no bells and whistles. The simpler, the better when it comes to bed frames.
When it comes to the bedding, it’s better to go for simple, crisp linens and cottons in neutral shades of white, grey and cream. These will give the room a Zen feel in a way that patterned bedding really can’t achieve, and they will keep you comfortable in both body and mind.
Keep it Neutral
Not only should your bedding be neutral, but it’s a pretty good idea that everything in your room is too. Choose a colour and make it the basis of everything from the walls and the bedding and even your knick knacks if you’re including any. Of course, if you’re a lover of colour, you can add the odd splash in the form of a throw pillow or two, scented candles or the handles on your furniture, but these should be used pretty sparingly.
Let in the Light
Minimalist bedrooms require very little, but they do benefit from having a lot of natural light, not only because the more natural light you can let in, the less need you’ll have for lamps and lights that take up space, but also because lots of natural light will make the room feel even more spacious, modern and relaxing to be in. So, ditch the curtains – you can have sheer ones if you must – and the blinds and let the light in.
Choose a Statement Piece
Minimalist walls should be, for the most part, bare, but it’s never a bad idea to add a bit of interest by choosing a feature wall and adorning it with one artwork that you truly love. Black and white photos are a good choice as they have a natural minimalist feel, but it you love bold, bright modern art or you’re a fan of vintage film posters, it’s fine to choose one of those too. Just make sure that you choose a piece you truly love because that’s what minimalism is really all about.
Place a Plant or Two
Minimalism might be about taking stuff out, but if you don’t have any plants in your room, adding one or two will be beneficial, not only because it will add a small flash of colour to your room, but also because it will allow you to benefit from the calming effects of nature, and if you choose the right kind of plant, it will also purify the air around you too. Stick it in a white plant pot or even a glass jar for that classic modern minimalist look.
Declutter Your Wardrobe
I could have included this in the decluttering portion of this post, but I’ve put it here because it’s not exactly essential, but it is a good idea to cut down your wardrobe, not only so that you only keep the clothing you truly love and give yourself less outfit decision anxiety, but because bulky wardrobes and chests of drawers can really ruin the sleek, minimalist look. The less furniture you have in your bedroom, the better it will be from a minimalist point of view, so if you can bear to part with a large part of your wardrobe, it will help.
While we’re on the subject of furniture, it’s a good idea to space it out, so that there is a fair amount of distance between the bed and the drawers, so that you don’t feel too ‘suffocated’ and you have plenty of usable space.
Install a Shelf
Minimalism and shelving don’t go together really, but if you have a few keepsakes and ornaments you want to display, putting up one neutrally coloured shelf and using that to display your stuff is fine. When the shelf starts to get cramped, you know it’s time to declutter again.
Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be able to create a spacious, modern and minimalist bedroom in no time at all.