Many people crave the orderly and clean look of a minimalist interior. However, unlike many of the pictures you’ll see of minimalist décor in interiors magazines, your house is not a fake set, it’s your home and most people tend to have rather a lot of stuff to put somewhere.
So, getting to the minimal ideal can be a little tricky to achieve. The best way to go about it is to work through the house systematically and improve the storage facilities you have in each room so that the living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom can all become an oasis of order and calm.
Of course, part of the problem with not having enough storage is that we all tend to hang onto too much stuff. So, rather than trying to create enough storage space for everything you currently have, it’s best to start with a drastic de-clutter session. Some people work on the policy that if you haven’t used something for six months, you’re unlikely to use it again. Of course, this may not be valid for clothing but it’s a reasonable yardstick by which to decide whether to keep most things.
Once you’ve achieved that, hopefully your belongings will not need so much space. Then you can decide what kind of furniture you’d like in which room. Staying with one particular range for the whole house can be a way of achieving a minimalist style. There are a number of great ranges of oak furniture from Furnishing Homes which include products for virtually every room in the house.
Many of the wardrobes UK consumers choose tend to be free standing, giving them the flexibility to keep the wardrobe for use in another room in years to come. However, if you want to maximise the use of space in a room, then sometimes getting a wardrobe built-in is the best solution. This way, you get to use space under a sloping ceiling or in a narrow alcove for shelving that simply wouldn’t accommodate a free standing piece of furniture.
The same goes for a display unit and place for the TV to stand in the living room. Sometimes, it’s better to turn a whole wall into a feature of storage rather than have individual pieces of furniture lined up next to each other.
Taking a few steps to improve storage in your home will make it so much easier for you to get closer to a minimalist effect.