Less is more when it comes to minimalist design, but that doesn’t mean bland or boring. This interior design style creates a beautifully inviting ambiance that’s a harmony of space, color, proportion and lines. It promotes a feeling of peacefulness and serenity—and those happen to be two traits you want to evoke in your bedroom. That’s why minimalist bedroom design is such a popular choice for creating a calming sleep space.
Minimalism requires a thoughtful approach. There’s a place for everything and everything in its place. That’s why all design choices must be carefully considered to create order in your space. Try some of these minimalist bedroom ideas if you want to transform your environment and make it something special.
1. Stick to a Limited Color Palette.
Neutrals are the traditional colors used in minimalist design, and those creams, whites, grays and earth tones also work well in bedrooms. You can choose a monochromatic palette with different shades of a neutral, such as gray, incorporating various textures to keep your bedroom from feeling one-note. For instance, try an upholstered headboard, a chunky knit throw blanket and a plush rug in the same color family.
You don’t have to avoid color, though. Light colors work well in bedrooms and can be paired with neutrals for a soothing, aesthetically pleasing effect. Try sky blue walls and white bedding and furniture, for example. You can also add subtle dashes of color to a minimalist white bedroom with decorative pillows on the bed or a lovely piece of art on the walls. Keep the palette small; too much color will move you away from the minimalist design you’re aiming for.
2. Embrace space.
Minimalist bedrooms aren’t overcrowded with furniture and knick knacks. Create an airy, spacious feeling by eliminating any pieces you don’t need. Can you free up some space by getting rid of a dresser and installing shelves in your closet instead? Also, think about proportion and symmetry as you buy or place furniture. A too-large bed may overwhelm a small bedroom and make you feel cramped. You’ll also get a sense of order when you pair up items—place matching night tables and lamps on either side of your bed for a composition that’s pleasant to the eye.
The other obstacle to harmonious minimalism is clutter. Dirty laundry, stray books, power charging cables for your personal electronics detract from your surroundings. Declutter by cleaning out any extraneous items you don’t need and using storage options for the rest. For the latter, use containers that double as furniture (a bench at the end of the bed that opens up to store linens, for instance) to limit the number of pieces in the bedroom.
3. Keep it simple.
“Streamlined” is the operative word for minimalism. Use furniture with clean, simple lines—instead of an ornately carved antique four-poster bed, sleep in an ultra-modern platform bed. Keep this same credo in mind when buying any bedroom furniture.
Simple doesn’t mean plain, however. This is where the judicious use of patterns and texture come into play. Draw the eye with richly textured items such as a quilted duvet coverlet, a woven basket that serves as a hamper or a sculptural decorative bowl made from a gleaming metal. (Use the bowl to store your watch, rings, keys, or other small personal items as a way to cut down on clutter.) Pattern also makes a minimalist statement. Opt for a pattern that’s neither too bold nor too busy and make sure it fits with your chosen color palette. Use a specific pattern, such as stripes or geometric shapes, to create a design motif in your bedroom.
Finally, it may sound like an oxymoron, but a bohemian minimalist bedroom can easily be achieved with the right design strategies. If your bedroom colors and
4. Make your bed a minimalist centerpiece.
You can’t go wrong with the classic, crisp look of all-white bedding. It’s an elegant, timeless look, and it works with any kind of design style. It’s also a great foundation for any color, pattern or texture you want to add to your room.
5. Invest in the best.
Minimalist rooms may not have many components, but those that are there should be of the highest quality. Use the softest linens crafted from fine cotton with a high thread count for your bedding. Purchase furniture that boasts excellent workmanship and attention to detail. Choose pieces with luxurious fabrics and materials that add an elevated sophistication. And if you’re creating a minimalist modern bedroom, display family heirlooms or put real or fake indoor plants in handcrafted artisanal pots for one-of-a-kind beauty.
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