Make a More Spacious, Minimalist Home

How Can You Make a More Spacious, Minimalist Home?

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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You know what? Life is hectic enough as it is without a quiet, relaxed space to come home to. If you’re arriving home from work on a night to a busy environment that doesn’t exactly exude a sense of serenity, perhaps it’s time to install a minimalist design.

Minimalist designs do what they say on the tin. Clean, no frills and classy, creating a minimal style about the house also tends to maximise space, and with it a calmer, more liberating atmosphere you’re sure to love.

But how do you go about fashioning this domestic paradise? Here are four simple steps to creating a minimalist utopia in your own home.

Start with a good old fashioned clear out

One of the fundamental elements to minimalism is cleanliness. Modern life doesn’t necessarily like to synergise with tidiness, so if your house is crammed with clutter, your first step on the road to a heavenly home is a proper clear out.

Decluttering makes your home easier to clean, creates more space and produces a generally less stressful environment to bask in. What’s more, you’ll typically be able to sell some unwanted possessions and make a little cash in the process, which is a nice bonus and a helper with step number two.

Adapt your design features to suit a minimalist look

What you’ll usually find with a standard home design is that many of the core features don’t encourage a minimalist feel. Take your radiators, for example - a core item of your home you’ve probably never thought twice about. Standard radiators are blocky and wide in a room. Using vertical radiators will utilise vertical space rather than horizontal, giving you much more space via one simple change.

That rule appeals to many elements of the home. Sleeker (and less) furniture, neutral colours and multipurpose features will all help your space feel less busy and more poised.

Optimise your storage

Despite your decluttering efforts, you’re still bound to have plenty of possessions that are both essentials to life and direct threats to your new design vision. Get around this issue by optimising your storage.

Modular and smart storage are both big business these days, and investing in intelligent cabinetry, furniture and focused storage units will help you maintain your new sense of space without losing access to the key things that keep the home ticking over.

Be careful with your extras

A minimalist design doesn’t mean you can’t inject your own sense of personality into your living space, but it does mean you need to be slightly more subtle with how it’s done. In an aesthetic that’s largely reliant on neutral colours, subdued features and an intelligent layout, be careful when it comes to your additional décor.

Think simple vases with flowers, a few family photos and the odd tasteful piece of artwork rather than an ‘explosion of you’ everywhere. It’ll help keep things less busy and focused on the calm.

Minimalist designs are simple in essence, but sometimes harder to install in the modern home than you’d like them to be - if you don’t do things properly. If you are wanting to put a minimal stamp on your home, don’t cut any corners when it comes to what’s been discussed above.

Declutter, rethink your design, sort your storage and keep it simple with your décor, and you’ll find it easier to create that spacious new aesthetic you’re looking for.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.