Embarking on home renovations is an exciting step that comes with a certain amount of uncertainty about what types of changes you want to make.
What if your plans don’t turn out the way you hoped? What if you spend weeks working on one room, only to realise at the end that you can’t stand the new look?
Going minimalist is a great option when you want to rid your home of clutter and simplify your environment. Minimalism can keep costs manageable too, while another advantage is that an understated room can be a foundation should you want to add more décor. It can be much harder to remove permanent changes than add a few decorations to an empty space.
Here’s a list of tips for minimalist renovations that will make your home look brand-new.
1. A General Decluttering
Most people associate minimalism with a clean, almost sterile environment—think few furnishings and a hint of emptiness. When looking to make improvements to your home, one of the first and easiest options is to work with what you have and decide whether it’s worth keeping.
Start by tackling the room you most want to alter, sorting furniture and other possessions into two groups—what you love and what you can live without.
Getting rid of items you haven’t looked at for years is always a good idea, and a room can take on a whole new mood when more of it is visible.
2. Colour Curating
Many homes have no colour scheme, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But if you want to upgrade your environment for aesthetics and function, it helps to have a basic palette.
When venturing into minimalism, keeping that colour scheme to one or two natural hues is perfect. This can either mean similar shades of one colour or a base tone with pops of a brighter colour.
Different shades of white and grey, for example, make for a soothing and understated environment. In contrast, a couple splashes of greens or blues enhance the basic shade of any neutral colour. These splashes of colour can be cushions, wall art or a plant or two.
Muted and neutral colours are a key part of minimalist design, so it’s best to keep colour highlights few and simple.
3. Add Some Wood
Wood is always a beautiful addition to any home, whether as doors, floors or wood panelling on walls or ceilings. Not only that, but the gentle tones of wood can enhance other colour combinations.
A door, coffee table, revamped wooden floor or chair can complement an otherwise muted room.
4. Create a Feature Wall
Another trick with colour combinations is to draw focus to a single wall while keeping the rest of the room simple and clean. Feature walls have become incredibly trendy, and for good reason. When done right, they add life to a room and aren’t as overbearing as a solid dark all-round colour.
If you have a favourite colour and want to see it every day, use it for just one wall and leave other surfaces and furniture in muted tones.
5. Look For The Light
Most people prefer homes that let in the light. Natural light can make a room feel warmer and larger, and do away with the need for multiple lamps and light switches.
It might be worthwhile renovating a window to add a sense of space. Either enlarge it, replace window frames or try different curtains or blinds. Alternatively, leave it bare and install plantation shutters instead.
6. Choose Your Textures
Minimalist renovations involve cutting down on busyness and clutter as well as modifying your use of colour. If you want to add interest to a room while still keeping the minimalist mood, then playing with texture is a good way to go.
That’s not to say you should go overboard, but contrasting different textures in the same or complementary colours can add interest.
7. Add Angles And Surfaces
The simplicity of minimalism thrives off flat surfaces and clean angles. Cupboard doors without embellishments can blend into a wall instead of cutting it up into smaller, irregular shapes. Combining various angles can draw focus to different points.
Wherever possible, create clean angles. Whether this means sanding down doors to create a flat surface or removing large knobs and handles, the difference will be instantly recognisable.
8. Go Bold And Big With Wall Art
Although minimalist interiors centre on neutral tones and simple lines, adding a statement piece in the form of wall art is an excellent way to bring a room together by drawing your eye to a specific point.
Depending on your taste, there are a myriad of different ideas that you can choose from. An abstract painting, a large photograph with themes revolving around landscapes and architecture or a print of some sort are all options.
9. Combine Functionality And Style
Renovating in a minimalist style often requires clearing up clutter, giving your house a deep clean and sifting through items that have been informal “decorations” just because. You can sell or donate possessions you no longer need and transfer the ones you want to keep so that they all blend into a minimalist theme.
For the items you don’t want on display, you’ll need storage space – a perfect opportunity to combine functionality with form.
Instead of a small side table strewn with papers and other detritus, aim for sleek and simple options like a monotone chest of drawers or a hidden storage under a couch or bed.
10. Put Up Floating Shelves
Floating shelves can liven up a minimalist room by adding a splash of colour or interesting angles. Keeping them compact prevents clutter from taking over, while still providing some space to store and display a few treasured books or other items.
Even better, blending the shelf itself into the room’s colour scheme provides an opportunity to use books as the colour pop – choose two or three volumes in complementary hues to display on a shelf. Similarly, darker shelves on a white or light wall can bring contrast too.
Own Your Space
The essence of minimalist design is simplicity. The concept of less is more is a good foundation to build on.
This is a useful principle to follow when renovating, as it necessitates organising and sorting your belongings. Bear mind, however, that refurbishing your space must be in line with the aesthetic you prefer.
Whether you love monochromatic décor or stark simplicity with a bit of a twist, minimalist principles can kickstart your renovation process.