The bedroom is a place of comfort- it’s your private sanctuary. It is where you de-stress from the outside world, where you clear your mind, relax, and rest. Which is probably why minimalist interior design is becoming a popular choice for bedrooms nowadays.
Taking inspiration from Japanese architecture and interior design, minimalist bedrooms often feature sparse and natural looking rooms with just a couple of furniture, and with the bed (or sometimes, just a mat) low rising, or even simply on the floor.
With minimalism, all that clutter- the 90’s boy band posters and dozens of polaroid pictures, The chair (yes, with a capital T) that primarily exists as your laundry basket, and all the seemingly hundreds of perfumes, lotions, and lipsticks cluttered on the vanity table- they are simply a big no no.
Now, you can follow the growing trend of decluttering by Marie Kondo if you can’t figure out where to stash all your knick knacks, but for the love of all things minimalist, they have to go. And once they do, here are some tips on how you can transform your bedroom into a minimalist haven:
1. Go monochrome
From the walls to the floor and ceiling, and even the bed, one of the easiest ways to go minimalist in your bedroom is to go monochrome. And no- we don’t mean make everything white. You still want your bedroom to look like a bedroom, not a padded cell.
Although, white is often the best and easiest choice of color when designing minimalist bedrooms (or anything minimalist, for that matter), you can also go for other muted tones like nudes and grays. To add a bit of contrast, you can work a bit of bright and dark, like a stark white wall and a black floor lamp.
2. Stick to natural elements
Natural elements are not only a great way to make your space look minimalist- they are also incredibly relaxing. Use wood for the bedframe, the headboard, or the wall, and add an indoor plant or two.
You can also opt for a natural yet industrial look by going with exposed brick or bare concrete.
3. Go for simple and functional
In a minimalist room, this is the rule. Every piece of furniture should be simple, yet functional. You can find modern aesthetic pieces, like a seemingly one single piece of curving wood for a chair, so you can add a touch of charm to your room.
Basically, think about what you really need in your room. You can opt for a bed with a built-in storage underneath, and a lamp that doubles as an accent piece. This way, you have less stuff with more value.
4. Don’t forget the accents
Now, minimalist doesn’t have to mean boring. A great-looking minimalist bedroom has a couple of accents that make the space look perfectly charming and just the right touch of relaxing.
You can do this by adding a muted accent wall or displaying one medium to large sized piece of artwork. Or, you can also use your bed as the room’s accent piece, which you can do by placing it in the center of the room or using, say, dark sheets to contrast white walls.
5. Add lighting
Finally, don’t forget the importance of lighting. A well-lit room (that you can dim for when you have to go to sleep) looks and feels much better than a cave-looking one. Depending on how much you can renovate your space (and how much budget you have), you can opt for a large floor to ceiling window. And, add a few lamps at strategic key areas of the room.