Simple solutions for your humble abode

Who says a pared-down space has to be cold? Here are some easy ways to amp up the minimalist style and cosy factor at the same time.
 

Create a cosy corner
 


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Have an awkward nook or unused window corner? Turn it into a cosy, light-filled relaxation spot. Unlike the rest of your home, which is decidedly minimalist, you can choose to decorate this area a little differently to make it feel like its own unique space. Those with a green thumb can consider building a mini vertical garden to bring in some hints of greenery. Low maintenance plants like succulents and air plants thrive indoors and are a breeze to care for—minimalist approved.
 

Go neutral
 


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When it comes to minimalist design, it’s all about that base. If you find that an all-white interior may feel overly stark and clinical, go for warmer, toned-down shades such as cream and beige. These work well as a backdrop for other furnishings to stand out against, while simultaneously brightening up your space. You can also play around with different textures like rattan and the occasional gold accents for a light contrast.

Tip: Large, expansive windows that let in plenty of natural light can help to make your home feel more open and airy. Add some sheer curtains or blinds to let in the perfect amount of daylight while still maintaining your privacy.
 

Say yes to art 
 


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Going for the minimalist look doesn’t mean you have to avoid decorative accents altogether. Simply give your living area or bedroom an artistic touch with simple potrait photographs or paintings.
 

Choose curves
 


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A minimalist home is often perceived as harsh and cold because of the rigid edges and straight lines. Another way to soften up the overall look is to incorporate curved forms. For instance, a round coffee table or curved sinks can really help to break up the monotony of the room without disrupting the calm aesthetic. Bonus: it saves you space and is more child-friendly than having sharp corners!
 

Store wisely
 

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Make every inch of your home count by streamlining your belongings with an abundance of storage solutions. Most importantly, make sure that they are able to integrate well into your space for a seamless look. We especially like this multifunctional shoe cabinet, which does double duty as a seating area to discreet effect. Keeping everything organised and clutter-free not only makes your home feel more spacious, but it also encourages a sense of calm that will help to improve your mood in the long run.
 

Incorporate rustic elements 
 

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For that extra touch of Zen, try to work in varying wooden elements to give your space a vintage, rustic appeal. The cool thing about wooden furniture is that it’s one of the most sustainable ways to bring nature into your home. Brands like Journey East and Mountain Living specialise in crafting ethically-minded designs that are just as eco-friendly as they are stylish. Shopping for furniture while preserving the environment? Sign us up!


A version of this article first appeared on SquareRooms.