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The now highly popular minimalist ‘less is more’ approach to interior design was brought to the Western world in the mid-1900s by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German-American architect and furniture designer. But you trace the roots of minimalist design back to Zen Buddhism and the concept of ‘clean’ leading to a peaceful and harmonious life.
But what is it about minimalist design that is so effective and draws so many homeowners towards it as an interior design solution? Here, we at Now Storage take a further look into why minimalist design is effective.
Colours are a crucial stimulus for the sensory part of the brain. Having intense colours at home such as red, pink, and purple can reinvigorate you and be exciting. However, intense colours can also overstimulate your brain and make it harder for you to relax and unwind. Cooling colours like green and blue can help our brains switch off and chill out.
Painting your walls in neutral tones such as white, off-white, black, and grey work is most effective for minimalist designs since they are calming and this means there won’t be too much going on visually.
Do you work from home and want to create a zen relaxing home office space? Why not go minimalist and paint your walls in a neutral foundation that optimises tranquillity? A benefit of minimalist design is that it can help you to focus on the tasks at hand and drive up your productivity, which is an ideal setting if you are working from home!
Having large amounts of heavy furniture, household, ornaments, and excess clutter dotted around your home will mean you have to do more cleaning and household maintenance. You will have to move any heavy sofas and chairs out of the way first so that you can clean the floor properly and get dust and dirt from underneath them.
Let’s face it, household chores are called chores for a reason. They eat into quality time you could be spending having fun with family and friends when you are free. So, the positive of minimalist design and not having clunky interior decorations which take up a lot of space is that you will have far less home maintenance to take care of.
Indulging in minimalist design can help you drastically reduce clutter. You may feel that it is time to have a good declutter and clean out and you can get a shock from the amount of things you pick up over the years. Think carefully about how often you use different household items and whether they are still useful to you.
Are you an empty nester whose kids are now grown-ups and you are now looking at mountains of their belongings at home? Why not speak with them and encourage them to sort out their things and have a clear out to make your home more clutter-free and minimalist?
At Now Storage, we are experts in all things decluttering. Every week we help out people on a mission to declutter who decide to put their possessions in our secure storage units.
Some people are highly allergic to dust, and you certainly don’t want guests, housemates, or members of your family falling ill when they visit. So, embracing a minimalist design and getting on top of cleaning will help to create a far better environment for anyone with allergies who comes to your home.
Many households across the country lack living space at the moment, and therefore storage is also an issue. Thankfully, minimalist designs can also maximise your storage space. Integrated wardrobe cabinets, in-built kitchen units, and beds and sofas with drawers are examples of things that can help to tidy your home and free up storage space.
Despite all your efforts to be minimalist, you may find that you simply need somewhere safe and secure to store all your things. After all, you won’t want to throw everything away since you may find that you want to use certain items in the future, and there are always things that hold sentimental value. Hiring a self storage unit is an excellent way to help you go minimalist and maximise your storage space.
When renting a self storage unit, you will want to make sure you can access your belongings with ease. At all of Now Storage’s 15 self storage locations, you will have 7-day access to your storage unit.
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Another plus point of going minimalist with your home interior is that it can allow you to sleep much better. Consistently getting a proper night’s sleep is crucial for our health and wellbeing. Endless clutter in your bedroom can easily distract your brain and prevent you from being able to relax properly when it is sleep time.
Looking to be more minimalist and rent a self storage unit that is plenty large enough to hold your household possessions? At Now Storage we have storage containers up to 350 sq ft in size with enough space for household items from a 6-bedroom house.