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Article 5 - What is a Minimalist Home

Article 5 - What is a Minimalist Home

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What is a Minimalist Home?
Minimalist homes are often considered to be attractive but rather bland and not easy spacesto live comfortably in. But the appeal of minimalist living is not in excluding comfort but inembracing a calm, less stressful environment.
Many people have an impression of a minimalist home as a mostly white, bland space withvery little furniture and a not very welcoming feel. But a truly minimal home can also becomfortable and reflect something of the owner's character with carefully selectedstatement decorations. Minimalist living is not about removing comfort and personalityfrom a space but about injecting a calm, stress-free atmosphere by removing all clutter andstoring the majority of necessary items out of sight.As with all styles of decorating and living, there are different levels of minimalism that workfor different people but every minimal home will have some of these common elements:Clear surfaces
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the majority of visible flat surfaces will be clear of any items. There may bea few open bookcases and the kitchen surfaces may contain a few items that are impracticalto store away such as the kettle and toaster, but, in general, even the most frequently useditems will have an allotted storage space inside a cupboard or drawer.Simple Furniture
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rooms will only contain essential furniture and it will all be of a simple,elegant design, without any fancy decorative touches. Soft furnishings will be in neutral, orpale, muted colours and there will be no patterns in sight.Simple Window Treatments
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a minimal room may have curtains but they will be a plainfeature of the room (no tie-backs, pelmets or fancy rails) but more often the windows willbe unadorned or have just a simple blind for privacy.Plain Neutral or Muted Colours
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one of the ways of creating the calm atmosphere of aminimalist room is to use neutral and soft, muted colours only. This will not create a blandor cold room if combined with some textural elements in the furniture or flooring. There willbe a distinct absence of any patterns however subtle.Personal Touches
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it is important for a home to reflect something of the character of theowner and no one would wish to live in a completely impersonal space so a few carefullychosen items will be on display; maybe an elegant Scandinavian vase on the window ledgeor a simply framed family photo on the coffee table.Decoration
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good paintings often play an important part in the design of a minimalistspace; they enable colour, texture and vibrancy to be added to a room without encroachingon the physical space. They also reflect the personality of the owner and bring character tothe room to prevent it from seeming too bland.Abundant storage space
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this is the most essential element in any minimalist home,without which a minimal lifestyle would be impossible. The storage space should beabundant but also well organised with a defined space for every item that needs to bestored away.

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