Minimalism is something we often hear about. If you are interested in living more consciously and consuming less, minimalism is something you just cannot ignore. But what is minimalism exactly?
For many people, the word minimalism evokes an image of a room with virtually nothing in it. But it really doesn’t have to be that extreme. The basic principle of minimalism is that you surround yourself with items that you need and actually use. It is also about surrounding yourself with things that suit you and support you in doing the things you really enjoy doing.
What’s the origin of minimalism?
The origin of minimalism is actually not that clear. There are people who claim that minimalism originated at the beginning of the 20th century, when materials such as glass, concrete and steel started to be more commonplace in architecture. Others see the 60s and 70s as the origin of minimalism because of its connection with minimalistic art of that time.
How do I apply minimalism to my interior?
Minimalism can be applied to your interior by thinking carefully about the functionality of your space. What does your space need? And most importantly – what do you need? How can you apply this need most effectively in your interior? You really don’t have to hide all your things, cupboards and furniture. Just make sure that when you do place something in your interior, it fits well into the space – both functionally and visually.
In terms of colour, stick to neutral colours. Neutral colours like white, black, beige and grey give your interior a tranquil feel. Is this color palette a little too bland for you ? Then make sure that the colours you use match each other are not too contrasting. You can also add some warmth by using natural materials such as wood, wool and linen.
Finally, it is important to not have too many small items in your house. We have already written about the benefits of having less things in your home. You literally feel calmer with less things around you. Another benefit is that when you’re critical about the things you have in your home, you’ll find that the things you do have around you will stimulate you to pick them up and do something, instead of just being over-stimulating by everything around you.