If you’re keen to live the internet lifestyle, then you’ve got to set up your space to be more conducive to that style of living.
As I was researching this topic, I stumbled into various awesome websites and resources which give good examples of minimalist homes, and tips on how to set them up.
Came across this really cool this company called NEOTECTURE, where I got some of these ideas.
Why Do You Need A Minimalist Home?
Ever since I shifted from Bangalore to Chennai a few months back, I consciously decided to keep my home clutter free. In the last 6 months, I’ve observed many positives of keeping less stuff at home.
- Gives more breathing space
- A clean home also extends to having a clean and clutter free life
- You save time in cleaning and maintaining things
- While the inventory is less, you can get what you want really quickly
- You also think twice before buying anything for the home – you save money.
- It gives a sense of liberation and freedom to live in a space that’s less crowded
- It makes your home feel more livable
- It’s classy and cool with a lot of day light
If you’re planning to build a lifestyle business on the internet, it makes sense to start getting all your junk out and making your home more like some of the examples that I have given below.
Why Go The Minimal Way?
Simply put, “A Minimal home is a clutter free home”.
A minimal home has only absolutely necessary things inside it. A few pieces of meaningful art on walls, a few plants to liven up the interiors and bare minimum furniture.
1. Peace of Mind
It’s always so clean and visually pleasing that it will literary give your mind well deserved peace after a hard day of work.
2. Positive vibes
A minimal home is clean, visually pleasant and everything is arranged perfectly. That will transfer positive vibes to the inhabitants. Imagine a meditation hall, which is often empty, with almost no furniture or any other objects, painted in neutral colors, mostly white. What kind of feeling you have when you enter the meditation room? It’s always positive, right! You get the similar feeling in a minimal home.
3. Easier to clean
The more stuff you have, the more you have to clean. Think about how much time and energy you can save in minimal living, and how less stressful your life will become.
4. More Beautiful
A minimal home naturally looks beautiful. Why? It is clean, clutter free, more open space, no visual distractions. All this makes it more appealing.
Key Qualities Of A Minimalist Home
Here are some key characteristics of an “internet business” friendly minimalist home!
Clean Surfaces & Neutral Colours
In a minimal home, surfaces like walls, floors ceilings are clear and mostly painted in neutral colors like white, gray, and beige. Surfaces are often clean and with very few objects on them.
Every room of a minimal home would only have the essential pieces of furniture, which that is functional and absolutely necessary.
More Natural Light
A minimal home is designed in a way to take maximum advantage of the natural light. With light neutral colors in the interiors, a minimal house always looks brighter and pleasing to the eye.
More Open Space
Since minimal home contains very few objects, it looks more open and welcoming. There are no extra pieces of furniture in the rooms; hence rooms look bigger than the actual.
Look around your house. Take all the unnecessary stuff and get rid of them or give it to somebody. Keep only the absolutely essential things.
This part will explain what kind of furniture you should have in different rooms. The key here is to take one room at a time. Don’t try to do the entire home at one go. You might end up creating more mess than sort them out.
How To Setup Your Living / Drawing Room
You don’t want to fill your living room with a lot of furnitures.
Here’s a list of furniture that you should have in order to give your living room a minimal make over.
One 3 seater sofa – Preferably with gray, beige or black upholstery.
- One lounge / reclining chair
- One small Coffee table.
- Flat screen TV on the wall, no showcase or cabinet required here.
- And a simple wall clock.
How To Setup Your Dining Room
A dining table with 4 to 6 chairs, depending on the size of your family and the space. It should be very simple and with a clear glass top. You may use the natural wood colors for the table and chairs.
How To Setup Your Kitchen
The goal here is to keep your kitchen platform as clean as possible at all times. So, have only the most essential objects out on the counter, i.e. microwave, juicer etc.
Make sure you use light-colored finishes for all your kitchen cabinets and furniture.
How To Setup Your Bedroom
A wardrobe with glass doors (to break the volume of your large wardrobe)
The design of a bed should be as minimal as possible and preferably without or with a very small hood (a hood is the backside of a bed). You can add up a couple of lamps, if you’re a fan of mood lighting.
How To Setup Your Home Office
One simple table (preferably white in colour) with a minimal desk-lamp, one chair, a very small book shelf / stand (not over-crowded with books). Add a small indoor plant to liven up the space and make it look refreshing.
How To Setup Your Bathrooms
They are tricky as taste varies from person to person and size of the bathrooms. A few key points to consider:
- No Bathtub (if you have a super lavish bathroom, you can have one but it shouldn’t occupy more than 20% of the space)
- Just one cabinet below your hand wash basin, no cabinets on walls as they make your bathroom look way smaller and create a visual distraction.
- Again color is the key here, you may use the material you want on the floors and walls of your bathrooms, but make sure you choose neutral shades.
How To Setup Natural / Artifical Lights
If you’re building a new home from the ground up, make sure you utilize the maximum potential of the natural light.
If possible, have maximum windows / openings to the North directions. Light from the north direction is of the best quality.
Avoid having large openings on South and West directions. The light from these directions is harsh. (Those in the Southern hemisphere, avoid using North lights, South is good for you).
Now, if you’re upgrading your existing home, increasing the natural light might not be possible at times. So, your goal here is should be to play very carefully with artificial lights.
Use white or ivory lights; avoid using yellow lights (You can use yellow lights to bare minimum if you’re a fan of mood lightings)
The key here is to make your interiors look very bright at all times (Yes, even during the nights).
How To Setup Surfaces & Floors
Surfaces include floors, walls, and ceiling.
Paint your walls with bright white color, so that they can reflect the light well and make your home look brighter.
Ceilings must be painted with white, you may still experiment with the walls by painting them in a different color, but it’s a big no-no for ceilings.
You have a couple choices here when it comes to the floor. Let’s look at some the options below.
You can choose any light color tiles, but make sure you don’t use more than two color combinations and avoid using fuzzy patterns and too many details.
Use large size tiles (preferably 2 x 2feet or larger) as small tiles mean more joints which gather more dust. If your budget permits, you can opt for marble, but choose light and neutral colors.
You can go with any color here, but the key is to not to. Use more than two color combinations, and low in contrast.
How To Setup Art Pieces
We all love some form of art. And we want to keep the art we love in front of us all the time.
You can have meaningful art pieces on walls, but those should not cover more than 20% of the wall area.
Keep it simple; don’t just hang anything to fill up space. The blank wall will look much better than a wall with bad art on it.
Apart from wall art, you can also have a few objects like vases, lamp shades etc. of optimal size (not too big, not too small) but don’t have them in all rooms.
You can have a small vase probably in your living room and small lamp shades in your study or bedroom.
Hope this guide will help you transform your home and lead you to a simpler, more meaningful life.
The next time you walk into someone’s home and look at all the clutter, you’ll surely be able to gauge the amount of emotional clutter that’s present in that person’s life.
Trust me, every since I’ve adopted this style of living I’m able to have less and do more in my life.
I’m sure you would have got some idea now on how to start planning your living space into a more minimalistic one.