How to create a minimalist space


Minimalism is all about creating order, removing excess from a room and helping a space to feel harmonious, rather than chaotic and overrun with materialistic items. Wherever you turn, the trend is everywhere - and for good reason. Cluttered spaces, fussy designs and extravagant furnishings are a thing of the past, and today so many Brits seem to be embracing simplicity and utilising the space they have.

Here at Space Station, we recently surveyed over 1,000 Brits to see exactly how they felt about minimalism - both at home and in the workplace - and the response was overwhelmingly positive. One in seven believed that minimalist environments helped to boost productivity, and just over half stated that they can sleep more soundly in rooms centred around minimalism.

Don't worry though, you don't have to get rid of all your possessions to benefit your wellbeing - as interior specialist Annie Brown so rightly puts it, minimalism 'doesn't mean uncomfortable - if you can't relax after simplifying a room, you've gone too far.'
 
Take a look below to see how you can transform your space into a minimalist haven with our top design tips!
 
Declutter and invest in storage
Start slowly, and transform your workplace or home room by room. For those introducing minimalism in the home, the master bedroom seems to be the go-to space to declutter first, shortly followed by the living room. Wherever you choose, begin by selecting a few key pieces of furniture and removing or relocating the rest; interior designer Jess Clark recommends opting for items with clean lines and solid colours.
 
Next, take a look at the floor space around you, is it completely clear? With the exception of your chosen furniture, nothing else should be hanging out here. As for the walls, don't go overboard with artwork- one or two pieces should be enough, depending on the size of your room or office. Workplaces might want to keep windows bare, while Jess advises homeowners to avoid curtains with complex patterns.
 
Once you've got the largest areas in your room sorted, it's time to organise the rest of your space. Clever storage is key to creating a minimalist space - essentials are essentials after all, you just need somewhere smart to store them! Instead of piling up DVDs or paperwork in a messy heap, invest in some attractive yet convenient storage. Boxes, baskets, shelves and drawers are all ideal for keeping items organised and, as design expert Judith Harrop rightly points out, 'when things have a home we are more likely to put them away.' Just avoid boxes with flat lids - it's just another place for clutter to gather!
 
If you’ve got items which you can’t find a home for but can’t bear to throw away, renting a storage space for a period could be a good alternative. Simply pack items away and save for a later date when you have more space available in your home.
 
Stay neutral
Colour can really affect someone's mood, so choose wisely. If you don't mind picking up a paintbrush, or hiring a handy decorator to do it for you, consider repainting. White is a minimalist classic, alongside muted neutral shades. Carry the colour scheme into your furniture – blues, browns and greens pair beautifully with neutrals too.
 
Minimalism doesn't have to be plain or boring, however. Just follow Judith Harrop's rule, and don't introduce too many styles, shapes or colours into one room in order to avoid overstimulation. You can still add character or a touch of your own personality to a space while being minimalist. Whether it's an office or your bedroom, play with texture or introduce an accent shade.
 
Instead of bold prints, layer up texture. When adding a selection of pillows to a bed, for example, stick with similar shades but make sure they have different textures. Mix silk with crochet, or try placing a furry pillow next to a subtle velvet design.
 
Consider the small things
While things like pens, paper or books are small, they can quickly create a messy environment. Offices, or even desk spaces in the home, should aim for a neat surface - after all, two thirds of our survey respondents felt that cluttered environments were a distraction.
 
Pick up simple metal desk organisers, purchase smart under-desk storage with drawers and consider going paperless. If it works for you, swap your pen for a keyboard and store documents digitally on the cloud. Just remember to create a backup, and keep your computer storage organised too!
 
For homeowners, don't overlook bedside tables and coffee tables. Keep the items on surfaces such as these to a minimum - try styling them with a small plant and a good book. 
 
Many people, after adding a minimalist touch to their entire home, end up with a pile of items that no longer have a place. Sometimes, it can be hard to part with things - especially if they have sentimental value - and minimalism doesn't mean you have to rid your life of the things you love. Instead, consider renting a storage space near you and find a temporary home for your extra possessions.
 
Whether you're in your own home or redesigning a workplace, with a few simple adjustments you too can easily enjoy the benefits of minimalism. Don't forget to head back over to the Space Station blog as well, we're always updating it with the handy tips for homeowners and businesses.

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