Thinking about creating a minimalist space? Here’s what to focus on
Sleek, simple, stylish – minimalism has occupied the top spot as the most popular interior design scheme choice for many homeowners for years. Tidy, simple to achieve, and broadly very cheap, it’s easy to see why this style has taken the world by storm.
We’re big fans of minimalist spaces here at Cover My Furniture, and having spent decades supplying quality sofa covers to our customers, we know exactly what it takes to create the perfect minimalist living room. So, to help you out, we’ve devised a list of the key features of minimalism that you need to focus on when trying to create the perfect Scandinavian inspired set-up.
Keep only the essentials
If you can live without it, get rid of it. We’re all guilty of a bit of unnecessary hoarding from time to time, but if you’re wanting to achieve that highly desirable Scandi setting in your living room, sacrifices are going to have to be made! If you’ve got some of those magical plants and candles that just seem to multiply all by themselves until your living room is left looking a bit more, uh, “jungly” than you’d like, then it’s time for an intervention. The same goes for all the knick-knacks you’ve collected from various holidays over the years – things like hula girl statues and wood ornaments dating back to the early noughties are some of the classic culprits.
Minimalism is all about reducing the visual noise in your space to create a calming atmosphere, uninterrupted by too much visual stimulus. That’s not to say you have to get rid of absolutely everything though! If a certain ornament is of particular sentimental value to you, then by all means keep it! The aim is to remove as much as possible, there’s no need to throw away family heirlooms. The trick, of course, is to be really tough with yourself. Is it truly meaningful, or do you just want to keep it for the sake of it. (Personally, we find one useful question to ask yourself is this one: would I miss it if it was gone?)
Tone down your colours
One of the key components of minimalist spaces is a neutral colour scheme. You want to create a blank canvas from which to build from, so you want to use subtle shades like cream, white, and light grey for your walls rather than bright, garish colours. However, your living room doesn’t have to be completely devoid of colour, accent walls and bright scatter cushions can help to add interest to your space.
The main factor to keep in mind when striving toward a minimalist design is not to overcrowd your room, so it has plenty of space to breathe. Since we’re focusing on the living room, if there aren’t many of you in the house, do you need more than one sofa? Or multiple shelving units to store nothing in particular? Generally speaking, if it isn’t serving a purpose, it’s not required in your lounge.
Your furniture also needs to follow the same colour scheme rules that we’ve applied to the rest of your space. Keep it neutral! And in the case of your sofa, that’s where we can help here at Cover My Furniture – we’ve been crafting bespoke, made to measure sofa covers to suit any style throughout 60 years in business. Plus, we also offer a unique range of armchair covers, dining chair covers and much more, to help you bring a new lease of life to your single seaters.
If you’re having trouble deciding on a style, or you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to let one of us know – you can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!
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