Tonight I want to tackle a bit of a tough aspect of minimalism, yes that’s right, intimate spaces. The spots that are close to you, the things you love, the things that define you. For the most part this concerns our bedrooms, however I want it to apply to any spaces like this.
As stated in the series we want to bring things down to the essentials and so everything has purpose. This is where an important life skill that not many hold comes in. The ability to Let Go. We need to accept that not everything needs to stay with us forever. You may have a favourite piece of clothing or a favourite collectable or something but you need to question it’s uses and whether it is of value. If it doesn’t have any use and it isn’t of value then why are you keeping it. You have memories, and I know it sounds a little insensitive to just tell you to throw a way things like that however it is true. When we talk about minimalism you must accept that letting go is going to become a common theme.
So what if an item has value or will have value. Old comics, antiques, and such can all gain value one day. Well we need to evaluate these things, if the value will climb or it is extremely rare then find a way to incorporate it and make it a showpiece in your room. If it won’t climb in value and you don’t want to integrate it, get rid of it and see what you can get. Remember we want to get down to the essentials and things with purpose. If it doesn’t fit in those things then it may have to go.
Once we are down to the essentials let’s take a look at some key elements of the bedroom. Starting with the bed, alright it is the main reason you have a bedroom, so let’s make it a nice focal point. Try to keep a simple bed spread, a simple amount of everything, keep your bed balanced with equal parts of everything. Keep a simple bed frame, something with clean lines, easy but soft colours, and nothing extravagant or out there. You want the bed to blend with the room, but still be something to admire. This is also a balance that needs to be achieved. If you choose to have a head board it also needs to be simple, clean lines and nothing elegant or curvy or odd shaped. Minimalists try to keep things to the bare essentials including furniture, there is no need for the ornate details when simple can be beautiful.
Next key element is a closet, or dresser or however you store your clothes. Everyone chooses to do it differently. I choose a rack to hang clothes and a shelf to fold clothes. I personally have an industrial edge to my rooms so my closet is an old department store rotating rack, my shelf is a leaning ladder design and it holds plenty. If you have a closet keep it clean, use organizers or insert shelves. Add more storage to the small space, some even opt to turn their closet into a workspace by adding a form of desk that folds or pulls out. Anyways this is where we get the option to hide a lot into a space to keep the room looking clean. If your closet can close then you are golden, you can create whatever you want within and allow the rest of the room to shine in all it’s minimal glory. Remember we will tackle wardrobe and what clothes to have in an upcoming article so for now just remember to maximize your storage.
Finally the option for a desk or workspace in your room, some people have home offices or large tables to work at so it isn’t a big deal. However even though I have a workspace I still have a nice simple folding grey table that allows some workspace, I bring it down to a low heigh and work from a seated position on my bed to avoid an extra chair sitting around. The desk is it’s own space and you must be careful that it fits with the rest of your design and it fits with everything you have. If it has drawers great, keep them organized and keep as much off the desk as possible. Keep statement pieces such as colourful decor or your own personal style on the desk to compliment the room but the rest goes inside.
Just remember that even in such a special space as your room it is still possible to achieve the minimal look. You can create the space you need and make everything work. Some of the big things to remember is clean lines, purposeful furniture and nice simple looks. Nice simple patterns, and simple colours will help create a comfortable but functional space.
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Thanks for reading and well from when I wrote this have a great night!