DesignDossier: Can Minimalism Work In Indian Homes?

Last updated on February 8th, 2023

We love to fill up our living space with stuff, be it collectibles from trips abroad or the odd pieces of furniture we just couldn’t resist buying from the discount sale at the nearby mall.

Admittedly, we are an opulent lot. And when we let our eyes sweep over our ‘more is better’ design concept, it’s difficult to come to terms with minimalism.

So, is minimalism even possible in an Indian home? Moreover, is the clinical and sterile approach of ‘less is more,’ something we desire? Well, it’s not difficult to straddle the two without ruffling your design sensibilities. These tips and tricks will help you find the right balance. Let’s dive in.

A Sense of Space with Neutrals

Pristine white is just the thing to pull off a minimalist look. If you think it is hard to pull off, opt for neutrals instead. Shades of beige, taupe and greys give a space a soothing look without creating an over-the-top look. To breathe life into your décor, you can opt for a lot of plants or dry arrangements for added interest.

Add a Pop of Colour if Neutrals Seem Boring

Bright and vibrant colors personify Indian culture. So, making do with bland neutrals can be hard to swallow. However, you can have your cake and eat it, too, by adding a pop of color to your neutral décor. This can be anything from throw rugs and cushions, wall art, or a painted cabinet in vibrant colors to amp the décor.

You may even get away with bright wall colors that complement your basic neutral shades in sections of the space.

Declutter Your Space

Decluttering need not be a difficult task. The idea is to remove unnecessary objects from your home. The stuff that has seen better days should be in the garbage can. Magazines, shoes, or backpacks tend to clutter the space too. Finding homes for these items is the next step. Once the mess is out of the way, you will have a very clear idea about what you want to do with the chosen pieces of artifacts and mementos. Larger pieces work better than a clutter of small insignificant items.

Create Drama with Less Wall Art

Picture galleries and hat or shell collections on the wall have their charm. However, for a minimalist look, single bold pieces make a style statement without cluttering up the walls. You can try fancy mirrors, macrame wall hangings, or artwork in monochromes repeated on the opposite wall to create a uniform feel.

Avoid Large Units

A few decades back, large wall units were all the rage. Now, they are old news at best. So unless you can pull off a minimalist look with a nude unit and a few choice frills, it’s best to go without. Instead, opt for slim TV cabinets or wall-mounted TV sets. If you need storage, try to go for closed shutters unless you need shelves for your books.

Say it with Glass

Glass is a charming way to create an illusion of space. The sunlight coming in from the windows adds to the charm. There are many ways to play this element. A transparent sheet of glass in the bathroom is perfect for the shower stall, especially if the area is small. Inside the home, glass can be used as table tops or sectioned glass partitions to elevate your décor without disturbing the space.

Refurbish Old Furniture

Upgrade cumbersome furniture you inherited from your grandma with a bit of paint and new upholstery. The idea is to give the impression of space, and bulky furniture can dwarf your room, making it look smaller.

Final Thoughts

Giving your home a new look is an exciting journey, especially when you don’t have to break the bank to buy new stuff. And once you put on your thinking cap, you will come up with a ton of ideas to give your home a stunning minimalist makeover.

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