A restful night and a clutter-free bedroom go hand in hand – and it’s easy to achieve, if you remember the mantra: less is more. Minimalist decorating is all about texture, clean-lined furniture, space-saving lamps and – gasp! – matchy-matchy decor. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be on your way to counting sheep faster than you think.
Mix up the Materials
Minimalism may take a pared-down approach, but that doesn’t mean the trend is boring. This space, from the late and great Robin Williams, features rattan blinds, a plush pile of pillows, a fabric headboard and a woven bedspread. They are all texturally rich components that make for an inviting space.
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Wallpaper vs. Artwork
It’s a misnomer that transitional bedrooms can’t be minimal. There’s something about the soft, round lines of transitional furniture that makes most people want to pile on the stuff. Restrain yourself, especially if you’re using wallpaper, which should be the left to shine on its own.
Wood Adds Warmth
If you’re scared your bedroom will feel like a prison, bring in wooden elements. This beach house in Goa, India, is the picture of warmth and serenity thanks to the waffled wooden ceiling. A primitive wooden bench and bed surrounded by simple mats round out the room.
that has been customized to a space is by nature clutter-free – essential to the minimalist. Want to get the look? Choose closets that are free of hardware, a clean-lined headboard that’s anchored to the wall and discreet bedside tables.
Go for an Airy Bed
Want to go minimal? Consider a mid-century modern platform bed on splayed legs such as this one from West Elm. Its clean lines and airy profile have a neat and tidy effect.
Keep it Low to the Floor
Here’s another platform bed that proves our point – low-profile sleeping quarters keeps the sightlines open.
Mount Your Lamps
Sometimes it seems no matter how you arrange your bedside tables they’re always filled with stuff. The solution? Mounting. Reading lamps do not have to monopolize your life. Mount them to the wall and leave only the barest bits below, like Kristina Lynne did here.
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OK, so you’ve Marie Kondo-ed your bedroom and you want to start fresh. May we suggest painting out all that white in a pale green or blue? They’re so perfectly soothing and look dynamite against dark bedding.
You’re always being told not to be matchy-matchy. But it’s exactly the route you should take to achieve this degree of gorgeousness. The white colour scheme, along with the matching light fixtures and pillows are all the perfect components for a minimalist bedroom.
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and is especially so in a bedroom with few elements. In this bedroom layered in dusky pink bedding, the faceted lamps are centred over the dainty bedside tables. Twin dandelion artwork rounds out the scene.
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