Take the idea of a sweet, soft and cosy bedroom, filled with trinkets that remind you of the good times and throw it out the window sister!
We are talking minimalist design and I am going to squeeze 60 years of perfectly, simply curated minimalism practice into 11 tips for achieving a minimalist bedroom. The first five tips are what to get rid of. The second five tips are what to include in your perfect minimalist bedroom. The last tip is how to call it your own.
Tip 1: Less is best
As our dearest Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
This is true for minimalist design as well. It's about appreciating the pared back form of objects or spaces. You appreciate its material, its form and the beauty it projects without ornamental additions.
So, take a deep breath and take away all of the clutter, trinkets, decorations, matchy matchy pillows, furniture, throws, art galeries and over the top window dressings you have in your room. Let your eyes relax, concentrate and appreciate the few remaining things in the room.
By taking away the 'stuff', your eyes can relax, and they can concentrate and appreciate the few remaining things in the room.
Tip 2: Hide clutter
This kind of goes with the Less is Best theory. In a modern world, we can't throw everything away. We have a wardrobe bursting with clothes and 3 books that we are 'gong to read', and a myriad of phones, ipads, tvs and other - er - toys in the bedroom.
The trick is to hide all your stuff but to also make it look like you are not hiding it. Clear tubs with out of season clothes are ok, but make sure they can't be seen.
Check out the great minimalist bedroom in the image below. Classic low-lying furniture, asymmetrical furnishings, textured furniture, minimal pop of colour. Textbook minimalism! But did you notice the full wall of wardrobe? That's what takes this look that one step further. Beautifully done.
Tip 3: Drop the idea of neat little 'rooms'
In minimalist design, it's okay to have 'lines of sight' flow throughout the home. Consider it a more extreme form of 'less is more'.
So you can see straight to your bed from your terrace if you don't have privacy shades? That's ok. You can see parts of your ensuite from your bed because you got rid of the door and part of the wall? That will be ok too.
Don't feel as if you have to block off parts of the bedroom with walls. Perhaps you want to have a study or parents retreat off the main bedroom. Do you really need a partition it off, or could you transition between the two in a larger room? There is meant to be a sense of space and good light enabling you to truly appreciate the simplicity of the furniture and
Minimalism calls for a sense of space and good light enabling you to truly appreciate the simplicity of the design. This appreciation can come from lots of different angles if there are less walls to interrupt sight. More about space and light below.
Tip 4: Asymmetrical Furniture
Get rid of matchy-matchy bedroom suites with bedside tables, tall boys and bedframes. In fact, if you don't need the storage, get rid of as much furniture as possible. This again increases the sense of space and light.
While it may feel unusual to not have two bedside tables, and his and her drawers, if the room can do without it, consider having asymmetrical furniture.
Why? Well, less is best, but it also lets each individual item have stand out by itself and be appreciated for its own singluar beauty, instead of getting lost in a sea of similar or identical items.
Tip 5: Tone down all the colours in your bedroom
Neutral colours will set a backdrop to further enhance the select objects in your room.
Neutral colours are traditionally creams, greys and browns, and most importantly for minimalism, whites. But in the bedroom we are also talking about neutral pastels; blues, pinks or even greens.
Tip 6: Let light and space into the room
Minimalist design works best when there is a lot of light and space in the room to help show off the objects within the room. All of your preparation in the previous tips should help to enhance the light in the room.
Furniture should be low lying, areas should be well lit, but not in an obvious way. Consider recessed lighting or a single lamp.
Tip 7: Furniture should be sharp, streamlined and simple design
Minimalism is about strong but simple design.
So think about a bed or other bedroom furniture that is constructed in a way that the function of the furniture is obvious. A bed is a simple low lying frame, or perhaps just a mattress.
A bedside table may be an unobtrusive set of drawers or simple surface to rest your phone and book.
Think about using furniture in your design that favours form over trend. That is furniture that will not become obsolete in one to two years but rather appreciated for its craftsmanship.
Consider not having handles on shelves and doors of drawers or wardrobes to streamline the look.
Tip 8: Materials are raw, textured or natural fabrics
So we have stripped away all of the superfluous extra nick-knacks, and patterns and colour and even walls in our bedroom. Now it is time to add to the scene.
The furniture will be functional, low-lying and streamlined, but could be cast cement, or made with an interesting grain of wood. Now it is time to really appreciate the materials your furniture, flooring and window dressings (if any) are made of.
Industrial design lends itself to minimalism. Think concrete furniture, chrome, steel. But also consider stone, perspex, wood and leather.
Tip 9: Choose neutral, natural fibre bedding
Your bed will be a major focus in the bedroom, where the main purpose of the room is to sleep! So you want bedding to illustrate the minimalist design.
Choose easy care, highly textured bedding such as linen. Don't go overboard with additional pillows or throws, but all have their place when used appropriately.
Tip 10: Choose a piece of drama.... carefully
A piece of drama or contrast to the neutral environment you have created will give the eyes some points to draw upon.
This could be a bright blue chair, or a single abstract painting with bold colours, or two colourful cushions on the bed, or a indoor plant.
Tip 11: Introduce a small amount of yourself
Whilst it probably goes against true minimalism, if you have some space dedicated to select memoriees or tirnket that complements the room, then you can stamp your design. These items will have a clearer focus with less detracting objects in the room.
Have you used minimalist design in your bedroom? We would love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you are looking for more minimalist bedroom ideas, search #minimalism in our Instagram account @realbedloves.