Home should be more than a place where you sleep, eat and bathe. It’s your sanctuary for rest and recuperation after a hard day’s work and a haven for creating happy memories with your friends and family.
One of the challenges of interior design is to make a space welcoming and aesthetically pleasing while ensuring the layout flows well and stays functional and efficient.
A good way to achieve this is to apply the minimalist style to your interior design.
What is Minimalist Style?
As applied to interior design, the minimalist style centers on the principle of less are more.
This isn’t to be confused with making a space empty, but instead keeping it simple, uncluttered, and using only essential furniture.
Color is used as an accent, not as a dominant element in the space. In this article, we list some reasons why it’s healthier for you to use minimalist design for your interiors.
1. The Colors are Relaxing
A relaxing aspect of minimalist interiors is their neutral color palette. Neutral colors are timeless, no-frills and pleasing to the eye. You’re less likely to become tired of neutral-colored rooms as you would rooms that use bold colors.
2. Its Simplicity is Calming
A minimalist space calls for balance and symmetry. According to Alan Lightman, US physicist, writer and author of The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew, our brains become attracted to space because it’s familiar. Symmetry also represents order, which has a naturally calming effect. The brain doesn’t respond well to things that are jumbled and accidental; our minds want to make sense of things and seek out the order. If a lot of items are cluttered, in our mind they are competing for attention and can be visually stressful. But when you see order in an uncluttered, minimalist space, your mind is at ease.
4. No Dust-Collecting Stuff
Another advantage of choosing a minimalist interior is that it means fewer furnishings. With fewer furnishings, you’re discouraged from accumulating more useless stuff.
This design choice is also good for your health, as having fewer pieces makes your home less of a dust-magnet. You’re also forced to throw out old books and magazines which can be home to mold, and sometimes bedbugs.
5. Storage is Efficient
In homes with minimalist interiors, belongings that aren’t neatly stacked on shelves are stashed in recessed or hidden storage. A popular device for storage is the space under a staircase that does double-duty as shelving. Other minimalist storage solutions include using Ottomans that have storage and window seating with storage space underneath.
With changing fads and trends, choosing a style that suits your taste can be challenging. Luckily, skilled professionals are available throughout the US to develop an interior design that matches your taste, whether you live in semi-arid Salt Lake City or the mountains of Sierra Nevada.
Minimalist design is one of the many styles you can choose for your interiors, but you don’t have to be restricted to only one style. They can be mixed and matched to suit your preference and budget while staying beneficial to your well-being.